We will start with a favorite saying of Kimo Sensei:

TRAIN HARD AND TRAIN OFTEN

Quotes and knowledge needed to know for rank

All Beginning students:

COUNTING:

ichi  -  one

ni  -  two

san  -  three

shi  -  four

go  -  five

roku  -  six

shichi  -  seven

hachi  -  eight

ku  -  nine

jue  -  ten

Tenets of Belen Goju Ryu are :

We who study karate-do aspire to these virtues:

We are proud to study the spirit of Goju,

We shall practice courtesy,

We shall be quick to seize opportunity,

We shall always practice patience,

We shall always keep the fighting spirit of karate.

 

  "Kata is a prearranged combative group of movements done to coordinate the body and enlighten the mind for actual combat."

 

Recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

 

 Green belt:

Gichin Funakoshi's most famous quote:

     "True karate-do is this, that in daily life one's mind and body be trained and developed in the spirit of humility and that in critical times one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice."

 

 Brown belt:

Gichin Funakoshi's SIX RULES OF KARATE-DO:

        1.  Be deadly serious in training.

        2.  Train with heart and soul without worrying about theory

        3.  omitted

        4.  Avoid self-conceit and dogmatism

        5.  Try to see yourself as you truly are and try to adopt what is meritorious in the work of others.

        6.  Abide by the rules of ethics in your daily life, whether in public or private

 

Gichin Funakoshi's stressed three things above all else in this order:

       1.  BASIC TECHNIQUE

       2.  KATA

       3.   IMPROVEMENT OF CHARACTER

 

Gichin Funakoshi's quote:

            "To obtain true proficiency in the art of karate-do one must control the mind and conquer the self."

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General knowledge

(for all karateka training)

KARATE means EMPTY HAND in English

KARATE originated in Okinawa

CHOJUN MIYAGI founded GOJU RYU KARATE

The ideograms on Miyagi's fist translate into English as:

          (Top Three) - Goju Ryu - Hard Soft System

         (Bottom Three)  -  Karate-Do  -  Empty Hand Way

GOJU RYU KARATE-DO means  HARD/SOFT SYSTEM EMPTY HAND-WAY

GOGEN YAMAGUCHI  standarized Japanese Goju and developed free sparring.  Developed

        Taikiyoko forms (Basic moving exercises)

GICHIN FUNAKOSHI  is known as the FATHER OF JAPANESE KARATE.  He standardized the ideograms for KARATE.

THREE REASONS FOR A KIAI: 

1.  startles the opponent  2.  makes techniques stronger 3. tightens the body for contact

FOUR STEPS TO MASTERING A KATA:

                    1.  Learn the schematics (moves) of the kata

                    2.  Learn the rhythm of the kata

                    3.  Realize attackers and opponents while doing kata

                    4.  Become one with the kata

PERFECT KATA MUST BE DEVELOPED AROUND THESE SIX POINT:

                      1.  Eyes

                      2.  Breathing

                      3.  Kiai

                      4.  Focus

                      5.  Pace

                      6.  Technique