Gradings & Qualifications
All students will be coached and encouraged at their own pace and any awards are made objectively against the requisite standards of the UKKW & WIKF. Training standards are maintained with the discipline of the individual, not by harsh behaviour. To this end all who embark upon training in the art of Wado Ryu are required to behave with appropriate manners whilst training and more importantly wherever they may be when not training.
Socialising & Charity
As well as maintaining fitness in mind and in body, we encourage family and friends to engage in social activities around the Club. We organise sponsored walks, sponsored training events and trips to events and competitions nationally and internationally.
We hold charity events annually, regional competitions bi-annually and on a larger scale the Federation events consist of European and World Championships too. Its all here for you to get hold of.
Up to & Beyond Black Belt
For most people, the Black Belt signifies a tremendous achievement in martial arts. For this achievement requires many hours, weeks, months and usually several years to attain. The pace is down to ability and how much effort you put in.
Beyond 1st Dan (1st Black Belt) seems to be the area where many feel is too far away or where many people cease their training. Its a mixture of feeling that 1st Dan is the top of the tree and the rest is just numbers tagged onto the end.
There is no compulsory requirement to take gradings and there are many 1st Dan students out there who are very accomplished having not taken gradings for years. There may be many out there who feel the desire to return. Consider what you may have to offer the younger, less experienced by way of advice or inspiration. We also encourage lots of involvement in competition events. Reliable people who have some background in karate, make excellent officials at events.
If you manage a club of your own and need some direction, advice on organising events, or are considering joining a larger Federation, give us a call. (Tony - 07951 005061) email@example.com
The progress of each student is monitored on an individual basis and the standards will be governed with reference to the syllabus laid down from 8th-1st Kyu indefintiely.
Kyu grades are sometimes known as 'beginner's', or 'junior' grades prior to attaining the 1st Dan grade otherwise referred to as 'Black Belt'. The 'Dan Grade' syllabus is usually refreshed every 3 years, as it contains a brief selection of more senior techniques and kata not contained within the earlier sections. The Kyu Grades are fundamental to everything that follows and care should be taken to follow it carefully and properley before moving on. This is occasionally misunderstood leading to some students giving up. The enjoyment of the journey and the efforts along the way make it a more gratifying prize when completing the tasks required. Something you can be assured your Instructor will make evident to those in a hurry.For the forthcoming year, the Dan Grade syllabus remains the same as 2005 and beow are some useful tips for the written axamination.
DAN GRADING EXAMINATION INFORMATION
These Maxims are motto's, the spirit of which serious students of Karate should try to follow if they wish to gain the maximum from their training. The Maxims are like the English saying 'Service not self', 'Deeds not words', 'Be prepared' and exemplify an attitude which dictates a way of life.
Reisetsu O Mamori (Stick to the rules).
In the dojo good etiquette must be observed by the following rules. No flippancy, chattering, smoking, gum chewing, eating or drinking in the Dojo.
Shingi O Omanji (A student must have loyalty to his instructor).
This is the most important thing in Martial Arts. It is not possible for someone to change his style in Japanese Martial Arts - people who do so cannot learn the correct etiquette and spirit of Martial Arts.
Jojitsu Ni Oberezu (Teachers and students are not all one).
Outside the Dojo you can be friendly with your Sensei but do not take advantage of this friendship.
Shinkenmi Ni Tesseyo (Be serious in your efforts).
Concentrate solely on Karate and train hard in everything you do. The dojo is not a social gathering hall and visitors as well as students shall respect the rules and Maxims.
Ikita Kata. Kata must be alive and done with feeling and purpose.
2. Inen. Kata must be performed with spirit.
3. Chikara no Kyojaku. Kata should be done with changes in application of power. Technique can be strong or yielding, hard then soft.
4. Waza no Kankyu. Kata should be done with variations in the timing of movement, sometimes fast, sometimes slow.
5. Kisoku no Donto. Kata must be done with proper rhythm of breathing, when to inhale and exhale.
6. Balance. Proper balance must be maintained in the performance of Kata.
SU indicates that a beginner must correctly copy all karate techniques from his instructor.
HA means that after a number of years of training, when the karateka has attained a high degree black belt, he is allowed to develop new techniques provided they are improvements. This applies to all movements with the exception of basic techniques.
RI is the highest form. It means that after an even longer period of training than for HA, the Karateka must be able to perform all forms of karate automatically, not stopping to think about his moves.
'Karate Ni Sentenashi', a basic and very essential part of karate training. It means that the Karateka must never attack first - mentally or physically. To understand this fully, years of hard, correct training are needed.
As the Karateka grows in stature so also will grow their good manners and etiquette, both outwardly and, more importantly, inwardly.
Included in the concept of 'Karate Ni Sentenashi' are intense, purposeful Karate training and correct dojo etiquette.
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