We train in JKA Style Shotokan Karate following the guidelines of Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama, the head of our organization. Master Nishiyama is a direct student of Sensei Gichin Funakoshi, the father of modern karate and founder of our style.
Karate, Mental Aspect
We think that there are limits to the strength of our body and mind without really tring hard to find these limits. With proper training, these mental and physical barriers can be removed to reveal surprising power which we never expected. KARATE is a Japanese martial art (BU_DO), which was devised to overcome our weaknesses and limitations by bringing out our hidden or unnoticed potential.
What is the difference between self-defense and a Japanese martial art?
When acting in self-defense, you are acting in your own interest. You, yourself, are the subject to be protected. This, of cousre, is instinctive and easy to do.
When practicing a Japanese martial art, somebody else or something greater than yourself is the subject to be protected. This means you must have an alturistic love of others as preached by Christianity, instead of just an egotistical love of yourself.
—S. Sugiyama, Karate: Synchronization of Body and Mind, on loan to our library from Hiro Ruo.
|Grade||Color (JKA Style)|
|10th or 9th Kyu||White|
|5th or 4th Kyu||Purple|
|3rd, 2nd or 1st Kyu||Brown|
|1st Dan (Shodan)||Black|
You are encouraged to take tests that mark your progress and recognize your improvement in karate.
Belt testing usually follows the quarterly regional seminar. Inform your instructor(s) if you plan to take a test at the next seminar.
In regional seminars, you represent the Intel Karate Club. If you take a test, then you are a highly visible reflection of our members and instructors. The instructors cannot really prevent you from testing, but you are expected to invest sufficient time training and preparing for each test. Below is a general (not strictly enforced) guideline for training time between tests.
If you fail your belt test, the examiners will specify an amount of time after which you can retake the test.
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