Classes

Classes are every monday and friday @ 18:00 with Sensei Milan Dukic

The classes are a mix of Kihon, Kata and Kumite.

Kihon is the corner stone of karate. True technique is the foundation of application, and without it, the karate practitioner will never progress. In kihon, we first learn correct stances, blocks, kicks and punches, as well as how to warm up the body to prepare it for training. Whilst kihon is translated as “basic technique”, kihon can include all the elements of karate, from a punch to a single-finger strike. The “basic” element refers to the fact that in kihon the practitioner concerns themselves more with the correctness of the technique, than with engaging an opponent.

Kumite is the element of karate that pits one practitioner against the other – it is what most people think of when they think of karate – fighting.┬áIn kumite, we learn not only about movement and timing, but about maia – the “fighting distance”. Some techniques work better at long range, whilst others will be more effective at close range. Kumite teaches us to react to the situation with the appropriate technique without labouring the thought process. If you have to think about what technique to apply, it will take too long!

Of course we only practice kumite, with respect and care for your opponent being paramount. Whist we have to accept that in the practice of karate we are going to get the odd bump and scrape, there is absolutely no room for uncontrolled aggression within the dojo.

Kata is the preset sequence of moves against imaginary opponents. It is in kata that the practitioner starts to consider how they may apply their kihon against a foe. There are over 25 katas practiced widely within Shotokan karate, and these can be split – very broadly – into beginner’s katas and master katas. That is not to say that practitioners who execute master katas are “masters”. Indeed, one can never truely master a kata, only practice it, but the distinction is used widely within Shotokan associations, and so it is made here.