The Adult System starts with the basics of Shotokan Karate, as taught by the Japan Karate Association (see details of Shotokan Karate under ‘Origins’).
This style of Karate will develop one’s body due to its deep stances and powerful extended movements. The style uses considerable muscle power in the delivery of its techniques, whether they are blocks or attacks.
During training no contact is ever made.
Shotokan training is divided into three parts:
- Kihon (basics)
- Kata (forms of patterns of moves)
- Kumite (sparring)
Techniques in kihon and kata are characterised by deep long stances that provide stability, enable powerful movements, and strengthen the legs. Shotokan is regarded as a dynamic martial art as it develops anaerobic, powerful techniques, as well as developing speed. Initially strength and power are demonstrated instead of slower, more flowing motions.
In order to develop one’s body and the techniques correctly a part of the lesson is spent on bag work. This provides resistance and increases power and speed of kicks and punches. It is also an extremely efficient workout to improve bone, joint function, bone density, muscle, tendon, and ligament strength, as well as aerobic exercise to improve your heart and lung fitness, flexibility and balance.
The Adult System develops as one progresses and over time the complete karate and kobujutsu system will be taught.
Grading’s are held every three months and require about 20 lessons to qualify. The gradings are a test to progress from one level to the next and upon passing the student will be taught the next level.