Karate may be defined as a weaponless means of self defense. It consists of dynamic offensive and defensive techniques using all parts of the body to their maximum advantage.
Karate practice is divided into:
In each category, the beginner is given instruction at the most basic level until the techniques become spontaneous.
As the student progresses technically, s/he progresses physically and mentally as well, with advanced practices demanding greater stamina and focus. At this stage, the student becomes involved with more intricate and difficult katas and more dynamic forms of kumite.
As the student approaches black belt level, technique becomes natural as a result of strong practice. It is at this stage that the serious student discovers that her/his study of karate has only just begun. The object of true karate practice is the perfection of oneself through the perfection of the art.
Students are strongly recommended to attend at least one Special Training per year; as they progress and as time permits, they are encouraged to attend more Special Trainings.
Karate practices are held at the Healing Arts Centre on Prince Ave. in Athens, GA. For directions click here, or if you get really confused call Joe at 706-546-8905.
The practice schedule is as follows:
Monthly dues: $50/month if gainfully employed; $20/month for students
In addition, all group members are expected to join Shotokan Karate of America (annual dues currently $75 per year). Applications are available at the Athens dojo.
4470 Sunset Blvd., Suite 803
Hollywood, CA 90027