HOME SCHOOL PROGRAM
Home School Karate Program (HSKP)
The HSKP has been offered to the Home School Community since September 2008. This traditional Okinawan karate program is offered to both the children and parent/guardian members active in home schooling. The program commences in September of each year with on-going registration accepted throughout the year.
This program is designed to introduce you and/or your child to karate. Utilizing the more traditional philosophy of martial arts training, our karate system is viewed as a part of one’s life. Learning is gained through interactive games, training in basic karate techniques, kata (forms) and the passing of history through oral tradition. The purpose of this class is to use karate practice as a vehicle to build physical, mental and social skills. Physically, you and/or your child will work to develop co-ordination, strength, balance and both large and small motor skills. Mentally, you and/or your child will work towards improving concentration. Socially children will learn responsibility for their actions, to work with partners, take instruction and be introduced to the precepts of the art of traditional Okinawan Meibukan Gojyu-ryu Karate-do. Some of these precepts are honour, loyalty, courage, and commitment. Besides physical and mental growth, we work on developing character and leadership skills, through personal challenge.
White to Orange Belts
At this level students begin their study of traditional karate. Besides physical and mental growth, we work on developing character and leadership skills through personal challenge. The older children are encouraged to be role models for the younger children, as are the adults.
Green to Black Belts
At this level, new skills will continue to be added. There will be greater stress on the development of leadership skills along with personal and social responsibility. The senior students will begin to take a more active role in assisting the younger and/or less experiences students. Self defence is emphasized through bunkai (application). Those that succeed to this level will often advance to the black belt.
Cost Of The Program
Contact Meibukan Gojyu Karate Winnipeg for information respecting the cost for membership for this program.
Suzan Muncer Sempai – Program Coordinator and Senior Instructor
Suzan Sempai joined the program in 2009 as the senior instructor and program coordinator of HSKP. She currently holds the rank of 3rd Dan (Sandan) and is an active member of Meibukan Goju Karate Winnipeg. She has become an invaluable teacher of the HSKP.
The spirit of traditional karate can be summarized in the final written words of the founder of Okinawan Gojyu karate, Master Chojun Miyagi, (1888-1953). “ Do not be struck by others. Do not strike others. The principle is peace without incident”. 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.
Additionally, the way of hard and soft teaches the karate-ka that punches are not always the most effective. Most people no longer condition their hands because of our technology-based culture. Yagi, Sensei often says “Teeth are very hard and over time will break down and fall out. Your tongue is soft and you will have your tongue from the time you are born until you die”. Children are taught to strike, stab and slap with open hands to the soft points of the body. It is more practical that young children especially, understand they can be just as effective in protecting themselves using soft techniques rather than brute strength.