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What We Teach


Kihon simply means basics or foundations. All students will need to take part in this section of the class. This is especially important for new students since Kihon forms the building blocks for all karate.


Kata are forms or patterns performed by a karate practitioner. As a person progresses from grade to grade they learn new kata. These kata are designed to highlight key skills needed by someone of that level. A student is not judged just on their latest kata, but on all kata they have learned.


Kumite literally means "grappling hands", it is like sparring in sports such as boxing or wrestling. The aim of Kumite is to develop and refine the techniques and skills taught in Kihon section of the class. To ensure student safety we practice no contact or controlled contact kumite.


Bunkai is the analysis of a kata or technique. Through Bunkai we learn how to apply our karate in the real world.


Self-Defence is the most common reason people take up karate. A student who only learns Kihon, Kata, Kumite and Bunkai will never have the skills for a real world event. The difference between the karate practiced in a dojo and the real world is how we engage with an attacker. In this section of the class your karate becomes more fluid and real.

Adaptation to Student Needs

All students are expected to perform Kihon, Kata, Kumite, Bunkai and Self-Defence. However, any limitations will be taken into account. Your instructor will adapt the training to ensure you can achieve your maximum potential.

Your First Grading

Yellow Belt is your first grading. This will take place after your tenth class. You are expected to perform all of the kihon and kihon kata listed below. However, the most important part of the grading is your attitude.


  • Respect
  • Willing to learn
  • Count to 10 in Japanese


Block Japanese Stance
Upper level block Jodan age uke Parallel stance
Inside hooking block Uchi uke Parallel stance
Downward block Gedan barai Parallel stance

Stance Japanese
Front stance Zenkutsu datchi
Box stance Shiko dachi
Short front stance Han zenkutsu datchi
Parallel stance Heiko dachi

Strike Japanese Stance
Upper level Jodan tsuki Parallel stance
Rising elbow Hijiate Parallel stance
Short punch Shita tsuki Parallel stance
Middle level Chudan tsuki Parallel stance

Kick Japanese Stance
Front kick Mae geri Short front stance

Kihon Kata

  • Moving forward in Front Stance with guard over the leading leg
  • Moving backwards in Front Stance with guard over the leading leg