Metro Karate & Jiu Jitsu
Traditional Shotokan Karate
Karate is not a crash course in self-defense. Several of the people you train with will have more than ten, even twenty years of experience doing karate, and yet they continue to learn and refine their technique.
In the time spent to earn your 1st Dan(1st-degree black belt), you will be learning mostly what we call kihon or basic concepts. These are the basic moves that form the foundation of everything that follows in karate, so it is most important that they are mastered early on. Having good basics generally leads to doing great karate.
In addition to the basic punching, kicking, and blocking techniques used in Kumite or sparring, your training will include something called Kata which involves performing a prescribed series of karate moves designed to fend off imaginary opponents. There are over twenty-six different Kata to learn but you will be practicing only the first five or so in your first two years of training.
A good deal of your karate training will involve working with partners in class. The object of working with a partner is to learn and practice the applications of the basic karate techniques. Since both partners stand to learn something from each and every exercise, it is important to work with your partner rather than against him/her. Challenge both yourself and your partner but at the same time, be sure to exercise control. In the relationship of partner training, the role of the bad guy is most important because it’s their responsibility is to push their partner to the limit and thus help them grow as a karate practitioner.