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@Kata, Kumite ? Form, Sparring

[Kata]

Imagine an opponent to be in every direction. Kata(Forms) are standardized combinations of techniques grouped into a specific sequence.

Kata names
*Shoryu 1st to 5th
*Ahnankuh
*Seisan
* Wansuh
*Chintoh
*Gojusshiho
*Bassai
*Kuhshankuh

 In Reishokan the regular practice centers on Kata
Kyu -Ranking exams are held 3 times a year. If successful in the exam, examinees are promoted to the next Kyu-grade (whether or not they practice sparring ).
Dan-Ranking exams include Shiwari ?breaking a wood or others, Ryukyu weapons techniques.


Reishokan holds Kata Competition twice a year.
Any students (even white-belt beginners) are encouraged to take part in the Competitions, which are held in an easily accessible place in Tokyo, not in other prefectures.


Students can participate also in Kata Tournaments held by the Federations, if they want to. It is a good opportunity for them to see Kata and other techniques performed by different schools of Karate.   


[Kumite]

Students of a certain Kyu-level and above can practice Sparring at their own request.

Setting importance on safety, correct judgment and variety of techniques, Reishokan adopts Bogu-Kumite of direct contact in which competitors wear protectors while fighting. In Bogu-Kumite fighters are required to wear face and body guards and gloves. The match is decided by scoring points. Attacking legs is not allowed.

 Reishokan focuses on Chudan-Kumite or Stomach-level Sparring for the benefit of young children, adults and those who prepare themselves for more difficult Jodan-Kumite or Face-level Sparring. Even beginners can easily try Chudan-Kumite.

 Students can also challenge to large- scale Jodan-Kumite tournaments held by the Federations under the full systems of sound judgment, meetings for judges and tournament physicians. Participants who are well represented in local tournaments will compete at national championships.fd

Reishokan emphasizes Sabaki practice. Students learn how to defend the attack and prepare for a counter-attack, imagining that the opponentfs hands and feet are edged tools.

We offer a variety of training programs suitable for students of all levels of proficiency ranging from basic attacks and defenses to dynamic and safe fighting.


[Competition]

Reishokan holds Kata-Competition classifying the competitors by age and Kyu-rank, so that beginners and advanced-level students may enjoy it together. We also hold Kumite-Competition for students of a certain level and above who volunteer to participate. In Kumite-Competition, fighters are required to wear protectors as our chief concern is safety- pre-condition of sports.

Rule restrictions are placed according to age or sex. For instance, attacks on certain areas are not permitted in fighting. Under Reishokan rules students can develop friendly relations with each other working hard together. We strive to create an open and free atmosphere.


[Self-Defense Techniques]

Students learn practical self-defense skills besides Karate, although Karatedo itself is one form of self-defense. (As Reishokanfs self-defense skills are eminently practical, only those of 4 Kyu rank and above who strictly observe the spirit of self-defense are allowed to learn this skills.)

Considering the current increase of atrocious crimes, students practice the way of getting away from dangerous situations and the way of attacking the enemy on their critical points, not just turning wrist lock technique.

A drawback of modern Karate that tends to stress sports skills and competition is to some extent offset by learning the real self-defense for the real world.

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