Hall County Karate in Flowery Branch
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The student handbook provides the basic curriculum of our Karate classes in Flowery Branch. Our martial arts classes are self-defense classes, but we also learn the history and traditions of our art, as well as the philosophy of our style.
Our style teaches simple and effective self-defense and carries on a tradition of doing so that has lasted for several centuries. The handbook doesn’t (and can’t) cover everything that we teach in our martial arts class, but will give you an idea of the basic knowledge about our system and what we teach.
We focus on the three traditional elements of a traditional Karate class: Kihon, Kata, and Kumite.
The kihon is the basic technique. It relies on concepts of physics and biology to maximize your power while striking in a way in which you won’t harm yourself. Everything else that we do relies on first mastering kihon, commonly called “the basics.”
Kata is a set of basics done together. Kata should be practiced for self-defense, not for show. Modern Karate often inserts flashy moves and even gymnastics to dazzle judges at tournaments. Hall County Karate teaches Kata only for the purpose of learning how to overcome an attacker quickly, efficiently, and completely.
Kumite refers to the practice done with a partner. It is often confused with “sparring.” Free sparring is kumite, but the term is much more than that. It refers to working with another person to practice and learn how to really use the basic techniques, the application of kata, and (of course) free sparring, too.
Taught together, Kihon, Kata, and Kumite develop your self-defense skills to their greatest potential. Omitting one, or changing it from self-defense to sport or show is like driving a car after removing one of the tires. You may move forward, but you won’t get very far.
“A kata is not fixed or immoveable. Like water, it’s ever changing and fits itself to the shape of the vessel containing it. However, kata are not some kind of beautiful competitive dance, but a grand martial art of self-defense – which determines life and death.” – Kenwa Mabuni (founder of Shito-ryu Karate)