Shotokan KarateCopyright: HSZ Walter
Shōtōkan-Ryū (Japanese for „School of the house of pine-waves”) is one of the five most common schools of Karate. Training usually builds on a combination of the fundamentals (“kihon”), forms (“Kata”) and sparring (“kumite”). Kata, a typical component of traditional Japanese martial arts, comprises of choreographed patterns of movement and allows you to focus your mind completely on your body. The movement patterns, which, as well as improving health and fitness, are useful in fights, and the associated body awareness are taught and consolidated in the long term. Primarily, the training aims to teach basic movement principles, which form the foundations for Karate techniques, like chops, kicks, throws and grapples, useful for self-defense and competition or simply gaining a healthy body. We offer courses with instructed trainings and successively building content in the Levels 1 to 3, as well as the possibility to take part independently, open training. Additionally, we periodically high-ranked Karateka for unique weekend seminars.
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To begin with, comfortable sportswear providing sufficient freedom of movement is enough. If a Dōgi, a Karate suit, is available, it can be used from the start, even without graduation, with a white belt. Due to the rough cloth, judo suits are not very well suited for karate training. All jewelry must be removed before training. If an item of jewelry cannot be removed, it must be covered by sports tape or a sweatband. Shoes are not required. As training takes place barefoot. Due to the risk of slipping, socks must be removed as well. In case of injury or infection of the feet, indoor or mat shoes may be worn after consultation with the course instructor. We recommend, that you bring flip-flops or sandals for the walk from the changing rooms to the sports hall. Out of respect for the other course participants, personal hygiene, clean sportswear and cut finger and toenails are required. Please show up to the training on time, in order not to interrupt the welcome ritual at the start. If you do happen to be late, please wait at the entrance to the hall for us to finish before entering.
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