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Continuing Education

Introduction to Karate: Philosophies and Techniques for Self Defence

Introduction to Karate: Philosophies and Techniques for Self Defence

Mondays, October 16th to December 4th, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Location: Traill College, Bagnani Hall.

Cost: $20 per class (+ HST).

Register online at https://www.regonline.com/introductiontokarate or in person with cash or cheque at Scott House Room 102.4, 300 London Street, Traill College.

Karate is a non-contact sport that teaches how to attain a state of balance in order to control our emotions. Karate for men and women is not just a way to improve or learn self-defence but it also instil many mental benefits which develops self-discipline in life itself. The more disciplined you become the easier life gets. Karate is all about control and it does not teach the practitioner to focus on overpowering or gaining control of the weaker opponent, instead what it does impart is the ability to use one’s own skills, strength and perseverance in a fully control manner so that the battle of self-defence scenario can be won as much with strategy as with strength. The controlled movements of martial arts, the need to think before acting and the conscious act of honing one’s response to the surroundings with situational awareness, these all help improve the self-discipline that the practitioner will develop.

Course goals
- To educate about the history of traditional Shotokan karate.
- To build self-confidence through the practice of Karate.
- To help maintain a higher tolerance for frustration, challenges and negative emotions.
- To increase leadership skills and team work via practicing Karate

What will be taught?
- A brief history of traditional and modern-day Shotokan Karate.
- How karate can be used to increase one’s focus, mental toughness, emotional control, mind, feelings, spirit and energy.
- The physics of Shotokan Karate regarding techniques, stances, speed, power, and spirit.
- The fundamentals of karate training, that is, theory and practical demonstrations of Kihons, Katas, Bunkai, Embu, Oyo and Kumite.
- Elucidate on the concept of Ki and Kime and how it is used to improve self-discipline.
- The power of positive attitude and relaxation.
- The type of exercise used to improve karate.

Who can take the classes?
This class is open for all students to take. Although the primary targets are athletes and participants in other performance based activities, any student can take it and will find the information to be life-enhancing. Please wear regular gym clothing or karate-Gi if preferred. STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN A WAIVER FOR PARTICIPATION IN EACH CLASS.

Monday 16 October - What is karate

In this class session the students will learn about the origin/history of karate and achieve an understanding of the cultural and philosophical aspects of this art. Moreover, this class aims to highlight and appreciate the different types of karate and explore how they have developed over the years. Finally, this session will narrow one type of karate call “Shotokan Karate” which will be briefly discussed and studied in more details in the following classes.

Monday 23 October - Kihon (Basic techniques) and their practices

In this class all the basic stances, blocking, striking and kicking techniques will be taught. The students will learn application and science underlying each technique and how they can be used effectively for self-defense. All techniques and commands will be taught using Japanese karate language along with English language translation so that students can appreciate its traditional teachings.

Monday 30 October - Improving the techniques

This session will illustrate in detail, the use of the hips, the use of body expansion and contraction and the correct postures to increase balance, speed, and power in the various techniques. Additionally, the spiritual concept of Kime in karate will be discussed via talking about the use of the mind, feeling, spirit and energy to generate explosive power and immense focus in the karate techniques.

Monday 6 November - Kata (Form)

In this class students will use the basic techniques previously learned to perform a series of prearranged movements in multiple combinations and directions. The students will explore the 26 traditional katas of Shotokan karate, the rationale behind each of these katas and how they are categorized with respect to speed and power. Students will be enlightened on how to choose katas based on size, age, and agility.

Monday 13 November - Bunkai (Traditional application of the kata)

In this class students will demonstrate the practical applications of the traditional katas previously taught and compare the different techniques found in each of them. Furthermore, students will be taught the different variation for these techniques and how to choose the most efficient application under different circumstances. Students will also be prompted to learn teamwork and leadership skills through the practice of these traditional Bunkais.

Monday 20 November - Kumite (Sparring)

In this class students will cautiously learn the different types of sparring particularly one step, three steps, five-step, semi-freestyle and free-style sparring. The use of distances, body shifts, and counter strikes will be demonstrated in detail. Further, the technical concept of Go-no-sen, Sen-no-sen, and sen-sen-no-sen sparring will be compared and discussed.

Monday 27 November - Introduction to Embu and Oyo

In this class students will learn how to use partial movements extracted from various Katas for practical real-life self-defense and fighting; this is called Oyo. The most effective grapples, arm locks, throws, punches and kicks and the different parts of the human body to strike will be thoroughly discussed. Additionally, the concept of Embu “analysis of kata techniques” will be explained using practical demonstrations.

Monday 4 December - Exercises used to improve karate techniques and general revision

In this final class students will gain knowledge in the various exercises that target special muscles to develop, thus boost one karate techniques and performances. A general revision will also be carried out regarding everything learned so far. A brief overview of some famous karate Masters and who studied Shotokan karate throughout their whole life. Also, the student’s thoughts and ideas on how karate can be improved will also be discussed. An informal and optional quiz may also be given for students who want to challenge themselves.

About the instructor:

Navindra Soodoo earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Guyana in 2016, is currently pursuing his PhD in Environmental and Life Sciences at Trent University. He has a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate from International Karate Daigaku (IKD), and is a D-Level Shotokan Karate instructor (95% complete). Navindra studied Shotokan Karate in Guyana for seven years, and is currently studying in Toronto at the IKD Hombu headquarters in Toronto. He was won several gold, silver and bronze medals in various Caribbean championships and national tournaments.

Online registration is provided through RegOnline, a third-party registration service. An additional charge will be applied by RegOnline in addition to the course fee.

Avoid additional charges by registering in person with cash or a cheque.