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Training Overview
Typical Session Uniform

20 minutes warm up, then traditional Japanese stretches.

Followed by Basic Skills:

  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Kata
  • Pre arranged sparring

 

Click for larger pictureThe karate uniform is called a gi and is based on the uniform created for judo at the turn of the century. It consists of a white jacket, a belt and white pants. Except for the colour of the belt, karate-ka wear identical uniforms.

It is useful to view the uniform colour as symbolising purity of intention and absence of improper motive, in the same way the "colour" white is really the absence of colour. However, this probably is not historically based.

There are many types of martial arts and most have their own uniform. Some of these are similar to the type of uniform we wear, many are not. It is not appropriate to wear the uniform, belt of another school or martial art; as each will have its own history, tradition and symbolic meaning.

New students are entitled to wear a gi as soon as they begin training. However, it is not necessary to purchase a uniform immediately. Until a gi is obtained, students should wear a loose, plain t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms.

A uniform is required for the intermediate or advanced classes. Uniforms may be purchased through the club when required.

Sparring
Working with a partner to perfect your techniques of blocking/ punching under the guidance of an instructor.
This will lead on to free fighting when experience has been gained.

 
 
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