KARATE is practised as a sport and as a means of self defence. It is an excellent way of keeping fit, because in its practise, all parts of the body are exercised . It develops confidence and poise. It is not necessary to be strong or in top physical condition to be effective in Karate.
PHYSICAL FITNESS is not necessary in order to start KARATE, this will come as one continues to practise. Karate can be practised by all ages. It is very exhilarating and fascinating activity, which brings the body and nerves into good condition.
BALANCE SPEED AND SKILL are very important factors in the study of Karate. A Karate man will oppose superior weight and strength with these important elements. Against an enormously stronger man, great skill and speed and good balance will be needed but, if the strong man is untrained, then a smaller Karate man can cause him defeat quite easily.
SELF-DEFENCE forms a part of Karate. Although there are hundreds of Karate techniques which are highly effective for self-defence, Karate does not only consist of learning these techniques. What one also acquires, through long practise, is a kind of sixth sense, of bodily movement which enables one to react instantly to an opponent moves and turn them to one’s own advantage. When one acquires even a small amount of awareness, Karate moves are even more effective as a means of self-defence.
KARATE AS A SPORT is now becoming very popular. In contests, as many dangers are removed as possible, by contestants pulling their techniques and referees applying contest rules with firmness. Points are awarded for good, clean Karate techniques applied with good timing. The technique is stopped short of the target or held back a little, thus causing no injury to the contestant.
KARATE CLOTHES allow full freedom of movement yet resemble ordinary clothes sufficient to allow the same methods of self-defence to apply to both. If attacked in real life one would normally be facing a clothed opponent and it is logical to study how to take advantage of the fact.
GRADING is in accordance with ones skill and with the principles laid down by Wado-Ryu Headquarters in Japan. Grading is by Kyus and Dans. The beginner student wears a white belt, the 8th Kyu student wears a yellow, the 7th Kyu an orange, the 6th Kyu and 4th Kyu student wears a green belt. A brown belt is worn by 3rd Kyu, 2sn Kyu and 1st Kyu after which one is encouraged to practise hard to overcome the stiffest hurdle the entry into the grades (black belt). Unlike the Kyu grades, the Dan grades start with the 1st Dan and move upwards.
KARATE ETIQUETTE plays a very important part in Karate training. Briefly, one bows from the waist every time one leaves or enters to dojo ( training Hall) and at the start and finish of each training session one makes a kneeling bow twice, once to the teacher, and one to pay respects to each other. One never eats, chew gum or smokes in the dojo. One treats the teacher , the dojo with respect and each other with respect. One trains as hard as possible and thereby obtains the maximum benefit from Karate training.STYLES OF KARATE There are 3 major styles of Karate practised in Japan. They are Wado-Ryu, Shotokan and Goju-Ryu. These 3 styles are the black bone of the All-Japan Karate-do Federation. Our Style is Wado-Ryu which means “Way of peace” with Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and a European Headquarters in London. All the styles have similarities but there are great many differences in movement and techniques