Repetition is the Answer to Progression of Skills and Endurance!

 

Our dojo offers ongoing classes, and what that means to you is that we do not offer separate classes designated specifically for beginners, but do not let that alarm you.  When a beginner joins our “All Ranks Class” we shift the class pace and training routine, making it beginner-friendly over the first several weeks.  We then gradually up the class speed and routine, mixing in more pronounced drills as the beginner progresses.  Additionally, our senior students offer a beginner 30 minutes help during the open floor time prior to each class going over the materials.  Everyone here is helpful and respectful to each other.  

This refers to the first and second segments of the class, of which there are four:  First - Warm up / Second - Basics and Conditioning / Third - Drills specific to each rank / Fourth - Demonstrating or Sparring 

*Sparring/Kumite is introduced after completing a test and receiving 7 Kyu rank (yellow with a white stripe belt).

Back to Basics - As repetition is at the very core of our journey in the dojo life, whenever a new student joins, it is an opportunity for everyone in the dojo to refocus on the effectiveness of their own single movements for the next few weeks.  

When we go back to the single-movement training, you should be aware that the upper belt students focus on more defined speed and power as well as different interpretations of the same single movement compared to the lower belts and the beginners.  In other words, though not all beginners are able to see the level differences, there are layers and layers of distinct level differences that exist between those who have repeated a move 10 times versus those who have repeated the move 10,000 times or more with full power and focus.  "It looks the same but it is not the same."  This is same for those who observe our class.  

A thousand punches, a thousand kicks, and a thousand blocks are applied over the course of a few months in rotation, though it should be done weekly.  As in any discipline, the answer to progression is the same, “repetition.”  

Our basic progression begins with a single hand or leg movement in a stationary stance. Next, single hand & leg moves are combined while moving forward and backward in line.  Thereafter, double & triple hand techniques are applied while moving diagonally, and then multiple movements in four and eight directions.  Subsequently, this process is repeated with a partner or partners.         

Some of our new students have previous martial arts experience, and others are totally new.  We feel totally new to the martial arts will progress better in our dojo as previous experience may have to unlearn stylistic and fundamental differences.

Attending three times per week is better than a twice-a-week routine.  We do accept once-a-week students, but you will need to fully understand that training once a week will take three times longer to reach the level of those who comes three times per week, and if they miss a class, then that means they do not get to review the moves for an entire 2 weeks.

SoShihan