To develop not only the body, but also the mind and character. Suitable for anyone interested in Karate.
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Students will need a licence with the JKAE renewable annually. The license is required in order to grade and also provides you with insurance cover.
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6th DAN JKA, Instructor
Sensei Ohta is a graduate of Takushoku University, he has also attended the famous JKA Instructors Classes. Between 1982 and 2003 he was the official assistant to Sensei K. Enoeda 9th Dan (deceased). During this time Ohta Sensei built up an international reputation and is now considered as one of the most popular and technically skilled Shotokan Instructors in the world today. Sensei Ohta is the Chairman and Chief Instructor of the Japan Karate Association England. He and the JKAE are dedicated to teaching authentic JKA Karate.
KARATE is a martial art and system of self-defence that originated hundred of years ago in Okinawa, but was greatly influenced by an even older tradition from China. Literally "Karate-do" means "the way of the empty hand", referring to the fact that its practitioners use no weapons to attack and defend, but only the hands, feet and body. Karate is founded on a grand philosophical and spiritual tradition based on Bushido and Zen Buddhist principles.
AT THE OASIS a typical training session consists of a warm-up and stretching, followed by basic punches and stances. We build up to more complex combinations of punches, blocks and kicks in a formal structured manner.
For each grade one learns a KATA which is a set routine of punches, blocks and kicks. The techniques become clear with time and practice.
We first learn how to attack and defend in a set format. KUMITE or sparring becomes freer when one has acquired enough experience and knowledge of the initial formal routines.
Monday, Friday: 12.00 - 13.30 (all grades) Studio 1
Wednesday: 11.30 - 13.00 (green belts and above) Studio 1
Tuesday, Thursday: 19.30 - 210.00 (all grades) Studio 2
Karate is performed in bare feet. For your first couple of classes a T-shirt and track suit bottoms are ideal. When you decide to join you must purchase a Karate suit (gi).
Because karate is practised in a traditional manner and based around discipline there are several things you should and shouldn't do when training.
- Bow on entering and leaving the Dojo.
- Address any teaching instructor as "Sensei", any senior grade as "Sempai".
- Say "OSS" upon receiving any advice or command from the instructor
- Say "OSS" when bowing at the start or finish of the class
- Say "OSS" when bowing to your partner in kumite
- Train at your designated lesson and at least twice a week
- Keep fingers and toe nails clean and short
- Keep your "Gi" clean and in good condition
- Ask your instructor or higher grades for advice
- Show respect to each other
- Tell your instructor before the lesson if you have a injury
- Tell your instructor before the class if you must leave early
- Leave the class without your instructor's permission
- Arrive late for training (if you do, warm up outside then kneel at the front of the Dojo, wait to be asked to enter then bow and join the class).
- Wear any jewellery in the Dojo (rings which won't come off must be covered with tape).
- Use offensive language or behaviour in the Dojo.
- Use your Karate skills outside of the Dojo (except for self defence or the defence of other within the law).