Karate training may be classified into four categories:

  • Basic Training: stances, strikes, kicks, blocks (kihon waza)
  • The practice of forms (kata)
  • Prearranged drills (kihon kumite)
  • Free sparring (jiyu kumite)

Kihon Waza: Basic techniques in isolation and combination form the foundation of karate. All aspects of body movement and coordination are necessary for the perfection of technique, which has its application in other aspects of training including self-defense and personal development.

Kata: A form, or kata, is an integrated series of techniques that simulates combat. Performed individually by a student in order to understand the deeper aspects of the techniques, kata is an indispensable tool for all aspects of karate training.

Kihon Kumite: By working with a partner to apply karate techniques for specific situations, students are able to develop practical skills while working on broader aspects of martial arts such as timing, body positioning, and teamwork.

Jiyu Kumite: Sparring is a simulation of a real combat situation using karate techniques to defend against an aggressive attacker. There is minimal impact and we have an exceptional record for safety. Still, there is no equipment used during this exercise and students must be aware that injuries may occur.