We offer a wide-variety of classes broken down by age, times, and days of the week to help best fit your busy schedule. We find that breaking the classes into smaller age brackets makes it easier for our students to practice the Art of Karate in an environment that will augment their growth.
Lil’ Cubs is a co-ed fun filled class specifically structured for the very young, potty-trained children typically between 3 & 4 years of age. The emphasis for this class is learning and developing skills such as: Listening, Respect, Manners, Discipline, Enthusiasm, Self-Esteem, Positive Attitude, Direction Following, Peer Interaction, Motor Skills, Hand-Eye Coordination, Muscular Development, and Mental/Body Awareness. Some basic Karate skills are taught, but lessons are learned through having fun.
Lil’ Tigers is also a fun filled co-ed class for children ages 5 & 6 years old. This class focuses on many of the skills and elements taught in our Lil’ Cubs Classes but with stricter guidelines in preparation for the “real” Karate class that children will start once they reach 7 years of age. More Karate techniques are sprinkled in with the discipline and fun
Young Dragons is a hybrid class that mends the gap between Pre-Karate an Youth Karate. This class is perfect during that traditional period where students are learning Left from Right, need to increase their Awareness, Focus, and Structure. These classes are considered “progressive instruction”. Still packed with fun and excitement, this program teaches karate fundamentals and is the youngest class we offer that prepares students for their first belt exam (yellow belt).
Youth Karate is for children ages 7.5 through 12. Here we develop a student’s techniques, focus and determination. Color belts are earned (never given) according to skill/performance after taking an examination (approximately every 3-4 months). Though not mandatory, students are encouraged to participate in tournament competition to gain further knowledge and understanding of the art. Many times over parents and teachers have complimented on the self-control and diligence our students demonstrate – a testament to both the students and to the success of our program.
Adult Karate classes are for anyone from 13 on up. For the adults, we focus more on the art aspect of Shotokan Karate. Stretching, basics (kihon), forms (kata), sparring (kumite) and self-defense comprise the adult curriculum. Like the youth classes, the adult program is comprised of three levels: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. Beginners are white, yellow, orange, and blue belts; Intermediates are green and purple belts; Advanced are brown and black belts.
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Shin Shin Mugendo (ShinShinMugendo.com)
Superficially, traditional martial arts styles tend to incorporate movement patterns which can loosely be described as falling into two movement categories: circular and linear. Ben Otake recognized that each movement category – circular and linear – enjoys an advantage vs. the other category depending on such factors as response time, distance, and power. The converse is also true – each movement style can be said to be at a disadvantage with respect to the other style, again, depending on the situation. For example, a hard front-kick is very difficult to defeat with a hard forearm block. A deflecting parry might be more successful.
With this in mind, Otake Sensei saw that it is possible to combine circular and linear elements into a new family of techniques thus combining the advantages of both types of movements. By using a continuous figure-eight pattern of movement, he has developed and refined a training method which enables the practitioner to respond and counter quickly to any attack with little or no recovery time. He calls his method Shin Shin Mugendo, or way of infinity.
Kung Fu & Lion Dance (CamarilloKungFu.com)
In January 1982, Kee Ling established the Camarillo Kung Fu Association, located in Camarillo, CA. The association teaches its members the Northern Shaolin kung fu system called Mi Zong Lo Han (or My Jong Law Horn in the Cantonese dialect), the Way of the Lost Monk or the lost track buddha. Its origin is from the Shaolin Temple in Northern China.
A regular kung fu class is broken down into 3 segments. The first segment includes warm-up exercises, calisthenics and stances. The second segment can include some or all of the following: additional stance work, techniques, 2-person prearranged techniques and exercises, self-defense, and sparring. The third segment is devoted to extensive practice of the numerous hand forms, weapons and weapons fighting forms. Every class workout is very rigorous and intense, requiring full concentration and discipline. Traditional etiquette and customs are observed in each and every class.
In order to join the Lion Dance program, a student must have been enrolled in the Kung fu program for a minimum of 6 months to a year, depending on the level of proficiency. Students are then allowed to join this program by invitation only. Participation in this program is voluntary and not compulsory. Lion dance practices begin with a simple warm-up exercise. The members are then broken down into different groups depending on the level of knowledge, in order to practice the various aspects of a lion dance performance. New students are taught the footwork. They then move on to the tail techniques, cymbals, gong, lion head and the drum. Traditional routines are taught. Contemporary techniques and acrobatic routines are also incorporated. Students must be proficient in each level before they are allowed to move on to the next level.
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