Returns Wednesday 4th December
Junior: $130 (Quarterly)
UOW students: $130 (Quarterly)
Senior: $150 (Quarterly)
Casual $15.00/Per Class
FREE TRIAL – First class is free (PCYC membership required)
(Note: The Quarterly prices are based on two classes/week. Quarterly prices are pro-rated when only one class is offered a week or when classes are cancelled due to holidays/breaks. As classes are only offered once a week from December 2019 – January 2020, prices will be pro-rated accordingly.)
PCYC Membership is required for all participants
Shotokan International Australia (SKIA) annual membership:
(Note: Reduced rates for subsequent years & Families of 3 or more qualify for Membership Discounts)
From December 2019 – January 2020
6PM till 7:30PM
Sensei Amanda Baker (3rd degree black belt)
Please check out the club’s website for more information about Shotokan Karate and the instructor: www.wollongongkarate.com
What is Shotokan Karate?
Shotokan, the world’s best-known style of Karate, derives its name from Funakoshi’s pen name Shoto. It is characterised by its effective use of attacks and blocks at far maai (the distance maintained between opponents). Conversely, the Goju, Shito and Wado styles are acknowledged for their use of close maai.
The training process for Karate today comprises four areas: kihon (basics), kumite(sparring), kata (pre-arranged series of movements and techniques) and competition. We can also divide Karate into the competition-oriented Sports Karate and Budo (martial arts) Karate, which focuses on discipline and training. Master Funakoshi, who was both an educator and a man of letters, taught the latter type of Karate at universities. Additionally, if we view kata in terms of training on an individual meditative level, then kumite represents training conducted in tandem with a partner. These contrasting elements can be compared to the two wheels of a cart.
It is a fact that, following the introduction of the tournament system, Karate has spread throughout the world. Additionally, the incentive that tournaments provide for practitioners to burn their fighting spirit, or to strive to become stronger, is important indeed… What is of primary importance, however, is kihon… One of the appeals of Karate is that it provides an opportunity for everyone, regardless of gender or physical strength, to gain increasing confidence with each passing year.