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Class Structure

Each week, the instructor sets a particular focus of training - a goal, something specific that the students should aim to achieve. This way, there is always something new to learn.

In order to fully grasp a skill, a person must repeat it many times, slowly developing more depth and understanding. Therefore, each class is structured in a way as to contain some, or all, of the following 7 elements:

1. Warm up & Stretching

When the body is properly warmed up and supple, the muscles become more efficient and are able to provide more strength and endurance. This also minimises the risk of pulling a muscle.

2. Basic Techniques

The core principle behind developing good karate is the practice and repetition of Strikes, Blocks, Stances, Kicks, until they become second nature.

3. Kata & Combinations

Kata is a prearranged sequence of movements against imaginary opponents. Practicing kata develops deep concentration, and improves coordination and awareness.

4. Sparring

Practicing the Basic Techniques in a controlled "fight" environment with a partner, develops reaction speed and helps to prepare students for a possible self-defence situation.

5. Self-Defence

Students are taught specific techniques that enable them to break out of holds and grabs, as well as to protect themselves against strikes and other attacks.

6. Fitness

Certain activities are incorporated into the class that improve the students' fitness and stamina, and strengthen the arms, legs and stomach.

7. Fun activity / Games

Children learn best when they enjoy themselves, so there's often an optional fun activity incorporated into the class, specifically aimed at improving coordination and reaction, as well as teamwork.

Whatever our age, most of us are still kids at heart, so the big kids are welcome to join in as well!

Overall, this balance of consistency and variety helps to create an enjoyable and productive experience for our students.

Benefits - Based on Discipline  Show/Hide 

Benefits - Based on Discipline

Karate Etiquette and Traditions  Show/Hide 

Karate Etiquette and Traditions


Karate begins and ends with courtesy. No one is qualified to be a karate person without courtesy, even if they exceed others in their technique. Courtesy means always asking yourself whether you are pursuing karate-do for the purpose of seeking peace and showing your deep respect for others. When we pursue karate-do, we try to learn the theory and its application from our predecessors and treat these seniors with the due respect and courtesy. On their part, they treat us with the due regard and consideration.


Steady and hard efforts can produce miracles. Diligence is firmly rooted in the practice of bushido (the way of martial arts), it helps us overcome the difficult situations we all encounter.

Sweep preoccupying thoughts from you mind before training. Concentrate on all movements with the maximum vigour.

Karate requires a harmony between breath and action. Therefore, we must learn to adjust our breathing until each breath coincides with each movement during practice.

Karate practice must be finished by observing the essential idea that karate begins and ends with courtesy. Therefore, we must end practice by bowing with decorum.


“Dojo” means place of learning or training hall, this is the place where courage is fostered and the strength of human nature is bred through hard work. It is the place where discipline and the practice of respect and courtesy must be the most important thing in your mind.

1. Always bow as you enter and leave the dojo, this forms part of your humility and respect for the others in the hall and also shows your willingness to do your best at every session.

2. You should sit on the floor during break times, or remain standing

3. Shoes should be removed before entering the dojo (only if this is practical)

4. Do not eat in the dojo

5. Remove all jewellery before training

6. Make sure your ‘gi’ (uniform) is clean and your finger and toenails are kept short and clean.

7. Always address the instructor as ‘Sensei’ and any assistants as ‘Sempai’

8. Do not run in the dojo

Always show your seniors (grade) respect and do not ask higher grades to spar.

There should be no contact during sparring (kumite).

Do not push for grading. You may ask when you are ready for grading but accept the instructor’s decision.

Always follow the instructions you are given and maintain a good attitude at all times.

Respect your training partners.

Always arrive for training 15-20 minutes early. Use this time to stretch and warm up for the class. There should be no unnecessary noise. If another class is operating, sit quietly until your class starts. Once you enter the dojo you should not leave without your Sensei's acknowledgement.

If you are late for the class, get the instructor's attention and quietly stand near the side of the hall, bow, then enter the class by walking behind the lines and joining in at the appropriate place.

The Mastery of Karate-do

He is human and so am I

I cannot develop my own potentialities when trapped in self-limitation

I must discard this self-limitation. If he practices three times, I must practice six times

Do not depend on others for your improvement

Cultivate your mind as well as your body and believe in yourself

Karate-do can be referred to as the conflict within yourself, or a life long marathon that can only be won through self discipline, hard training and your own creative efforts.

Grading Criteria  Show/Hide 

Grading Criteria

Grade Level Belt Kata Required Minimum Classes Between Grades Average Time Between Grades
10 Kyu White - - -
9 Kyu Yellow Tip - 6 6 weeks
8 Kyu Yellow Taigyoku Sho-dan 10 10 weeks
7 Kyu-ho Orange Tip - 12 3 months
7 Kyu Orange Taigyoku Ni-dan 12 3 months
6 Kyu Green Saifa 30 8 months
5 Kyu Blue Saifa 40 10 months
4 Kyu Red Bassai-Dai 50 1 year
3 Kyu Brown Bassai-Dai All following 1 year
2 Kyu Brown I Seiunchin gradings are 1 year
1 Kyu Brown II Empi determined by the 1 year
Shodan-ho Black Sepai individual's progress, 1 year
1st Dan (Sho-dan) " " Sepai achieved through 1 year
2nd Dan " " Kanku-Dai consistent and 2 years
3rd Dan " " Shisochin diligent training. 3 years
4th Dan " " Seisan   4 years

A student must do the minimum number of classes required AND have their Sensei’s approval before he / she can attempt the next grade level.

“Average Time Between Grades” refers to the students training consistently once per week. This time can be considerably reduced by doing extra classes.

Yellow Belt / Orange Belt

• General understanding of the basic strikes, blocks, stances & kicks (in English)

• Clear progress in discipline in class (listening to the instructor) since the start of training

• Understanding of the first / second kata

Green Belt & Above

• Good understanding of all the strikes, blocks, stances & kicks (in English and Japanese)

• Confident in the Grading Kata and all previously learnt kata

• An improved fitness & stamina level

• Increased confidence in free-sparring

• Disciplined & consistent with training (1+ classes per week)

Black Belt

All of the above points, plus:

• Ability to protect themselves against most unarmed attacks

• Confident in demonstrating & in practical applications of “Sepai” and all previously learnt kata

• Top level of fitness & stamina

Special Events  Show/Hide 

Special Events


Kenshukai students of the grade 8th Kyu (Yellow Belt) and above can compete in tournaments. Usually held 2 or 3 times per year, they create a great opportunity for students to demonstrate what they have learnt, and to test their skill in kata and/or sparring.


Training Camps

Periodically we hold 1 or 2 day weekend camps where children and adults can “get away” and train and have a great time socially, getting to know other students, often from other Kenshukai branches.


Special Classes

Occasional special classes are organised, where the students can immerse themselves, and excel in one specific area of their training, e.g. self defence, kata, sparring, etc.


For details about upcoming events, please go to the Kenshukai Homepage.

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