W.P.K. Class Outline
Karate training is divided into three groups: art, sport, and self-defense.
The art portion of the junior class consists of learning the kicks, punches and strikes portion of the martial arts. These techniques are then taught combinations. Finally, the combinations are combined into a kata. Children who advance to the Red Belt level are required to design their own kata and perform it at a tournament. The first 4-5 classes and the last 2-3 classes of each session focus strongly on techniques.
In the Adult class, traditional katas are taught at each belt level, with the katas getting progressivly more difficult. Students at the Brown Belt level will be required to write and perform their own original katas for advancement.
The sport portion consists of "sparring" which is taught to the junior students as a "game of tag" utilizing light contact. Students are taught to use their martial arts kicks, punches and strikes to score points against a competitor. All students wear protective gear which is provided by the instructor while sparring. The sparring portion of a session begins 4-5 weeks before the tournament. Adults also spar, being allowed light to moderate contact.
With the junior students the self-defense aspect of the martial arts develops from a combination of learning both the art and sport aspects. In addition to the training in class, a self-defense camp designed specifically for children is held each year.
Adults are taught a different set of self-defense techniques at each belt level. There are two types of Adult Camps available annually where self-defense is practiced.