20 minutes warm up, then traditional Japanese stretches.
Followed by Basic Skills:
- Pre arranged sparring
karate uniform is called a gi and is based on the uniform created
for judo at the turn of the century. It consists of a white jacket,
a belt and white pants. Except for the colour of the belt, karate-ka
wear identical uniforms.
It is useful to view the uniform colour as symbolising purity of
intention and absence of improper motive, in the same way the "colour"
white is really the absence of colour. However, this probably is
not historically based.
There are many types of martial arts and most have their own uniform.
Some of these are similar to the type of uniform we wear, many are
not. It is not appropriate to wear the uniform, belt of another
school or martial art; as each will have its own history, tradition
and symbolic meaning.
New students are entitled to wear a gi as soon as they begin training.
However, it is not necessary to purchase a uniform immediately.
Until a gi is obtained, students should wear a loose, plain t-shirt
and tracksuit bottoms.
A uniform is required for the intermediate or advanced classes.
Uniforms may be purchased through the club when required.