A typical session will include a 10-15 minute warm-up and stretching session then some or all of the following three fundamental elements of karate training:
Basic techniques include various different punching, kicking and blocking techniques either performed on their own or in combination.
To begin with all students learn simple sparring techniques within a rigidly structured format gradually becoming more complex and evolving into freestyle fighting.
Kata are set forms, sequences of anything from 20 to 80 techniques which in some ways resemble both a fight against multiple invisible opponents and a graceful dance. For the first few grades students are expected to learn one kata per rank starting with the simplest combination of punching and blocking to complex sequences involving all sorts of punching, kicking, blocking, throwing and grappling techniques.
Traditionally, kata are taught in stages. Previously learned kata are returned to in order to show more advanced techniques or ways of doing things, as beginners do not have the same knowledge and experience that practitioners further up the ranks have. It is not uncommon in some styles for students testing for Shodan (first rank black belt) to have to repeat every kata they have learned from the first belt, but at a "black belt" level, for example, with better technique, power, amongst others. This system is often used for the lower grades as well. The student will perform one new kata and one or two previous ones, to demonstrate how much they have progressed and how quickly they can learn new things.
Charges are based on the number of people per family. All of the money given for fees will benefit the club as all the money is collected and raised to buy equipment for the club, jackets for the members and also to pay for renting the Scout Hall. The club is non-profit making.
There is no joining fee, and lessons are just £3 with discounts available for families.