Adult Beginner Class
(White, Yellow, Orange Belts)
There are six classes a week available for this group. Training time in class will focus on dojo etiquette, basic technique, and kata (forms) practice. Additionally, you will be exposed to basic Okinawa Karate terminology and phrases and a brief history of martial arts and Gojyu-Ryu Karate. At this level we hope to challenge your personal limitations and develop a strong foundation for future learning.
(Green, Blue, Brown Belts)
There are six classes a week available for this group. Training time in class will continue to focus on further development of karate techniques and kata. The concepts of proper breathing and the exploration of ki energy, through the study of the kata Sanchin begins to broaden at this level. Karate theory, history and philosophy will continue to be embraced at a more in-depth level.
(1st Kyu, Shodan-ho, Shodan and up)
There are six classes a week available for this group. Training time in class will concentrate on more advanced technique, kata, and bunkai (application) as the student prepares to grade to Shodan (1st degree Black Belt). A greater understanding of the ethics of Karate will be more closely examined. In-depth knowledge of martial arts history, history of Okinawa Gojyu-Ryu, history of our International Meibukan Gojyu Karate Association, and terminology is further broadened. The classes at this level are designed to challenge and test the student. Higher ranking students are encouraged to take leadership and teaching roles within the dojo, either by assisting in the children’s classes and/or helping and mentoring new adult students.
*Note 1. The aforementioned class divisions are currently in effect at the Meibukan Gojyu Karate Winnipeg Dojo, subject to change at the discretion of the Chief Instructor. Changes in class scheduling will only be made for the betterment of the overall student body. Advanced notice of changes will be given.
*Note 2. There are no restrictions to the number of classes a student may attend per week.
*Note 3. Children’s Advanced Class - within this age group, the highest ranking a child may be presented is Shodan-ho, a black belt with a white stripe (age 12) and a black belt with a red stripe (age 14). As a member of the International Meibukan Gojyu-ryu Karate-do Association, no child may receive a full dan ranking, i.e. full Shodan (Black belt), until the age of 16. At this age, traditionally the Karate-ka is considered mature enough, both mentally and physically, to have conferred upon them, all the rights and privileges of an adult, within Karate.
Karate and the traditional martial arts teach us to cooperate and to seek perfection of character. While karate does indeed foster physical fitness, it is also about character development and pacifism. The balance sought through training and physical conditioning as well as through the exploration of martial philosophy, using the tools of intelligence and introspection, results in a richer life through deeper understanding of the self, and an appreciation of humanity. Through the pursuit and spirit of martial arts, one makes a choice to forge a steadfast and principled philosophy of life, establish a peace-oriented view of the world, cultivate physical strength, learn the values of courtesy and patience, and pave the way for international friendship.
The attitude of “Karate ni Sente Nashi” – “there is no first attack in karate” is instilled from the beginning, which is contrary to the philosophy of free sparring or fighting. In the current fighting arts such as the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), if you lose a rule-based submission style fight, you can train for another month or another year and maybe win your next match. In traditional karate, you train for a real live self-defense situation where you have only the moment. There is no second chance; either you are injured (sometimes critically) or you call upon your training and defeat your attacker.
Beginner – White Belt
Intermediate – Yellow & Orange Belts
Senior – Green & Blue Belts
Advanced – Brown, 1st Kyu & Shodan-ho
Note: At the discretion of the Chief Instructor the current format of the adult classes may change. Quality of instruction will always override quantity. Students will be given advance notice of schedule changes.