Designed for 14 year-olds and up, our Adult Karate Program helps you:
- Build Confidence: Learning how you can control your body more physically gives you a sense of confidence and strength. Karate training isn’t just about physical strength, it’s about mental and spiritual health as well. Build confidence by learning awareness of your surroundings and feeling confident you can defend yourself in public.
- Physical Strength: Build muscle tone, mass and coordination in different types of physical exercise, Goju-Ryu kata, sparring and various physical moving drills. Develop more flexibility in your body and increase your stamina and cardio capacity.
- Coordination: Through Goju-Ryu kata, bunkai, drills, you learn to be able to control your body in ways you haven’t moved before. The various kata not only teaches you self-defense techniques, but gives you a greater understanding of how the body moves (and doesn’t move). Learn how to redirect your opponent’s energy and use it against them.
- Mental Confidence: By learning karate in a controlled environment, you are able to gain a mental confidence in yourself. Body conditioning and exercises challenges you to push yourself each time to be able to take and deliver strikes. By starting slow and gradually over time building up your strength and stamina, you are able to become mentally tougher, which in turn makes you physically tougher.
A typical adult karate class includes:
- Stretching / warm-ups. Stretch out your body from toes to the head, preparing the body for the class.
- Basics. Get the blood going by performing various basics (punching, blocking, kicking) in various ways: stationary, moving or with a partner.
- Body Conditioning. With a partner, we condition our forearms, sides, stomach muscles, legs and chins by striking these targets with each other. Emphasis is on starting out slow and soft, as we don’t want to hurt one another. But, we do want to build up tolerance and build strength over a period of time. The idea is learning how being hit feels and also by being struck in these areas, you build a tolerance and strength as well.
- Power / Stamina Training. Working on various bags, various techniques, we build up strength, power and stamina on our punches and kicks. We work with partners and stand alone bags. We vary the combinations and techniques to keep it fresh and learn different ways to strike.
- Kata (Forms). The central component of Goju Ryu Karate, Kata are prearranged forms that allow a student to practice alone, and appreciate the interaction of numerous basic techniques. As students progress they are taught more intricate and complex kata. These forms have been handed down from century to century and can be practiced one’s whole life. Within the movements of a kata are many “bunkai” or self-defense applications that can be broken down and practiced with a partner. Kata is a concrete manifestation of technique, embodying the essence of traditional Karate.
- Sparring / Randori. With protective gear on, we spar with fellow students to execute the various techniques we are learning. Sparring develops your understanding of the distance and timing needed for offensive and defensive movement in a loose, non-contact format. Free sparring is also excellent self-defense training. Not only does it help build one’s confidence, it helps one develop the physical and emotional reactions needed to deal with a potentially violent situation on the streets. Often we will start off with Randori, which is sparring at half speed, focusing on footwork, keeping hands up, give and take and not worrying so much about ‘winning’.