Traditional largely focused on striking/stand-up fighting, founded on the three elements of: (basics/fundamentals), (forms) and (partner training/sparring). A practical approach to (self-defense) is also covered, and (supplementary exercise/training) included.

基本 Kihon (Basics/Fundamentals)

are the basic techniques or fundamentals of , and include, but are not limited to: stances, footwork, blocks/receiving techniques, punches, strikes, kicks and sweeps.

jodan gyaku tsuki in zenkutsu dachi

are practiced as singular techniques or more complex combinations and footwork. A solid foundation in is essential, otherwise advanced techniques will never be mastered. The intense repetitive practice of will forever be part of a practice, and in this way is not only for physical development, but also for cultivating strong spirit and attitude. Through the diligent practice of , the will refine form with breath, and posture of mind and body – always seeking perfection, but never ceasing to improve.

Kata (Forms)

, literally translates as “form,” and is a sequence of techniques and detailed movements executed in a set-pattern.

sochin dachi

mimic encounters with opponents, are practiced solo, and can also be performed in competition. have been used to preserve and transmit various combative principles and techniques, but are also practiced to improve the practitioner’s posture, balance, coordination, speed and power. Through consistent practice and repetition, gradually improve technique and mental discipline, and often become a form of active meditation. There are 31 practiced in . As the practice of the progresses, new are learned, adding to their repertoire, but never replacing those previous learned.

組手 Kumite (Partner Training / Sparring)

Two karateka in bōgu kumite

is practiced to explore applications of techniques, sharpen reflexes, hone offensive and defensive skills, plus develop distance, timing, rhythm and positioning.

At Kōkkikan Dōjō we practice both (non-contact) and (armored, full-contact) .

  • develops control, to stop a single (Japanese unit of measurement, approximately 3cm or ¼") from intended target. The intent is not to slow-down, relax, or compromise technique, but to deliver with full power and spirit.
  • karate practice is unique to so practitioners can safely explore and experience the realistic and true affect of techniques. is comprised of 3 components: (full head/face protection), (body armor) and (gloves).

試合 Shiai (Competition & Point Sparring)

Opportunities exist for students to compete in or , although competition is never mandatory. Both local and international competition may be pursued, including travel to Japan for advanced ranks.

generally uses a style of point sparring known as , which in essence, reinforces the precept of .

There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself. Miyamoto Musashi –
The Book of Five Rings

護身術 Goshin Jutsu (Self-Defense)

Learn practical techniques plus awareness, avoidance and prevention strategies. Understand motives, psychological and physiological responses to violence.

補助運動 Hojo Undō (Supplementary Exercise/Training)

(preparatory exercises/warm-up) – exercise for overall conditioning, strength, power, endurance, flexibility, posture, core, balance, stability and mobility.

(training with tools/equipment) – the has a fully equipped fitness studio that students have supervised access to; Jared Sato Sensei is also a certified personal trainer.

効果 Koka (Benefits)

Through dedicated and consistent practice, the will develop skills in self-defense, and enhance their overall fitness and health. The following is a list of just a few areas that will benefit and improve:

  • Muscular Strength, Power, Endurance, and Flexibility
  • Posture, Balance, and Core
  • Aerobic Fitness and Cardiovascular Health
  • Reflexes, Stability, and Coordination
  • Stress Management and Relaxation
  • Mental Focus and Concentration
  • Self-Discipline, Self-Esteem, and Confidence

is a traditional martial art, and improvements in character and mental outlook are as important as the physical, if not more so. Although often practiced in groups, is endless in individual reward both in the and in everyday life.

If you’re interested in giving a try, please contact us anytime for more information or to schedule your free classes.