@Kata, Kumite ? Form, Sparring
Imagine an opponent to be in every direction. Kata(Forms) are standardized
combinations of techniques grouped into a specific sequence.
*Shoryu 1st to 5th
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
Dan-Ranking exams include Shiwari ?breaking a wood or others, Ryukyu weapons
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.
Students of a certain Kyu-level and above can practice Sparring at their
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 opponentfs
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.
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.
Students learn practical self-defense skills besides Karate, although Karatedo
itself is one form of self-defense. (As Reishokanfs 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