KARATE is a martial art and system of self-defence that originated hundred of years ago in Okinawa, but was greatly influenced by an even older tradition from China. Literally “Karate-do” means “the way of the empty hand”, referring to the fact that its practitioners use no weapons to attack and defend, but only the hands, feet and body. Karate is founded on a grand philosophical and spiritual tradition based on Bushido and Zen Buddhist principles. Through hard training and practice, karate develops not only the body, but also the mind and character.


A typical training session consists of a warm-up and stretching, followed by basic punches and stances. We build up to more complex combinations of punches, blocks and kicks in a formal structured manner. For each grade one learns a KATA which is a set routine of punches, blocks and kicks. The techniques become clear with time and practice. We first learn how to attack and
defend in a set format. KUMITE or sparring becomes freer when one has acquired enough experience and knowledge of the initial formal routines.


Because karate is practised in a traditional manner and based around discipline there are several things you should and shouldn’t do when training.


• Bow on entering and leaving the Dojo.

• Address any teaching instructor as “Sensei”, any senior
grade as “Sempai”.

• Say “OSS” upon receiving any advice or command from
the instructor

• Say “OSS” when bowing at the start or finish of the class

• Say “OSS” when bowing to your partner in kumite

• Train at your designated lesson and at least twice a week

• Keep fingers and toe nails clean and short

• Keep your “Gi” clean and in good condition

• Ask your instructor or higher grades for advice

• Show respect to each other

• Tell your instructor before the lesson if you have a injury

• Tell your instructor before the class if you must leave early



• Leave the class without your instructor’s permission

• Arrive late for training (if you do, warm up outside then kneel
at the front of the Dojo, wait to be asked to enter then bow and join the class).

• Wear any jewellery in the Dojo (rings which won’t come off must be covered with tape).

• Use offensive language or behaviour in the Dojo.

• Use your Karate skills outside of the Dojo (except for self defence or the defence of other within the law).

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