Learning self-discipline and self control is a big part of karate training, not just for
children but for improving ourselves as adults. Karate is always potentially dangerous.
Fooling around on the dojo floor is not allowed under any circumstances. For students
protection, discipline will be strict.
Fingernails and toenails must be kept short an clean. Training suits and feet must also be
kept fresh and clean. For the safety of the student, any illnesses or disabilities must be made known to the instructor.
Students should drink water or suitable energy drink before class and have a drink bottle accessible during training.
When one enters the ranks of Karate-ka, one automatically accepts a tradition passed down from Samurai
days. In this, respect for higher graded karate-ka is essential. When one enters a karate dojo, one forgets that they are a doctor or a judge
and becomes what grade is around their waist, which is their worth in karatedo. A karate-ka must endeavour to uphold the moral teachings of karatedo,
as well as perform well in the physical aspect of the art. Karate is a very dangerous weapon in the wrong hands, so it is essential that one
learns to control the fighting skills one has learned, with patience and humility. Hence the saying: "An untempered sword will easily break".
It has been thought in western countries that gaining the black belt is the end of the journey as far as
training goes and one may now be considered an expert in Karate-do. In reality, gaining a black belt is
just the beginning of the journey. It means that one has become proficient in the basics of karate, but
now one has a lifetime of training and study of the advanced techniques and kata. On average It takes five to seven
years to gain a black belt 1st Dan, but remember, there are 10 Dan in the average karate system and that
adds up to a great many years of learning before one may be considered an expert.
Consistent Training over a period of time will give you the results you desire. Look ahead over the next 3
months, set yourself a goal and continuously working towards that point right now. Remember, self discipline is setting
a goal and contiunously working until it is realised. It is a fact that natural talent will take you quickly up
to a certain point, but only self discipline and perseverance will take you beyond that point. This does not
mean that you must drive yourself into the ground, or train to the exclusion of everything else, because
over training can also slow your progress. All one needs is the ability to concentrate fully on what is being
taught when it is being taught and to practice a little everyday for maximum results. Practicing for 15 minutes
everyday is more beneficial than training for 3 hours once a week.
What to wear
When you first start training in Karate, wear loose fitting clothing. A Karate dogi(karate training suit)
is not required right away but will be needed if you wish to sit a grading. The Japanese believe that your
training doesn't truly begin until you have a Dogi, then you mentally commit yourself to becoming a Karate-ka.
Female students are permitted to wear a white t-shirt only under their Dogi. (White Fushin Ryu T-shirts are
available from your instructor.
Advantages of Karate training
Your participation in our Karate classes will teach you correct ways to breath, exercise and stretch, increasing
fitness and flexibility. Studying karate will help you develop self control and self discipline enabling you to learn
the self defense moves giving you confidence and the ability to defend yourself and others. Correct training along with
correct eating habits will help you to build a martial arts physique.