Adult Traditional Karate
Ka-ra-te-do, literally translated, means the Way Of The Empty Hand. Karate training is one of the three main pillars of the core curriculum at the Evergreen Karate and Kobudo Club and covers a wide range of training exercises and methods. Students learn and practice basic exercises to develop speed, strength, and a solid foundation on which to build and refine their techniques. Kata for beginners will be used as a means of developing coordination, focus and muscle memory.
Students will also spend a great deal of time training “hands-on” with partners, doing various drills, sparring drills, and free-sparring. This type of training allows students to apply the techniques and tactics they learn during other exercises and drills, and make necessary adjustments to their techniques. This also helps to develop a student’s reflexes and to increase quickness and agility.
Traditional Karate for Kids (6-12 Years Old)
Karate for kids has the same requirements as the adult classes (to include weapons), with the exception of tuite. In replacement of tuite, the youth students will be more thoroughly emphasizing self-defense and abduction prevention techniques.
Kobudo – the traditional Okinawan art of fighting with weapons that could be disguised as everyday tools! This includes the Bo (6-ft wooden staff), Sai (metal truncheon), Kama (hand sickle), Tunfa (mill handle, PR24), Nunchaku (flail), Tekko (stirrup), Ekku (boat oar) and other lesser known weapons such as the Rokushakukama and Nunti-bo. Our style of Kobudo is integral to the empty hand art mentioned above and has a history going back 600 years.
Kobudo means “the old martial way”. In Okinawa this term refers to the old weapons systems that developed around the time when karate was emerging, and during the times when conventional weapons were banned by ruling powers. Kobudo is the second pillar of the core curriculum at the Evergreen Karate and Kobudo Club.
When conventional weapons were outlawed in Okinawa by the Japanese army, the Okinawan people resorted to basic farming and fishing tools to defend themselves. A clever and potent weapons system evolved around these everyday tools, leading to one of the only successful insurgencies in history!
While it may not seem practical at first – to train with ancient Okinawan weapons – there are applications with common items that we come in contact with every day. The traditional Bo staff techniques can easily be adapted for use with pool cues, broom handles, or long sticks. Tonfa techniques can be adapted to modern day police batons or even tire irons. Nitan Bo techniques can be adapted to nearly any short stick or object that might be at hand (even a rolled-up magazine).
Tuite (Not taught to youth students under 12 years old)
Tui-te is the grappling art of traditional Okinawan martial arts combined with the wrestling art of Tegumi, and is the third pillar of the core curriculum at Evergreen Karate and Kobudo Club. Tuite, as it is practiced at EKKC, is focused on joint locks and manipulations in order to gain control of an opponent. Tuite techniques can be used for self-defense against much larger, stronger opponents, and can even be used to bring a suspect under control without combat (a critical skill for Law Enforcement and Military Police assets).
At its core, Tuite is the study of how joints, muscles, bones, and nerves can be bent, broken, pressed, squeezed, and locked to produce the desired outcome in a potentially violent situation. Some parts of Tuite are based on pain compliance, some are based on joint locking…and some are based on complete joint demolition. This is what makes an understanding of Tuite such a valuable asset to have when faced with the different types of threats. There may be times when one finds him or herself in a very serious situation – and the threat must be neutralized by any means necessary. There are also times (as is often the case with law enforcement) when an attacker must be restrained or subdued without permanent injuries. A good understanding of the human anatomy, in conjunction with proficiency in Tuite, can give students the skills necessary to handle themselves in a diverse range of situations and circumstances.
Non-Traditional Martial Arts and Self-Defense
Evergreen Karate and Kobudo Club offers self-defense classes for women, kids and families on an as-needed basis. Arrangements can be made for private classes, although key methods are also taught in group classes. The spoken portion of the class covers different concerns and situations that women might at some point be faced with. Among the topics covered are self-awareness, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, date rape, what to do if you find yourself in a bad situation, and some of the legal issues that can arise as a consequence of defending yourself. Instructors will also answer any other questions or concerns you may have.
During the hands-on portion of the class, students will be given information on highly vulnerable spots on the human body; where and how to attack, if a threat emerges. There is also a fair amount of time spent practicing these techniques on training pads and large male partners, so that women can gain experience in the efficient and time-tested skills required to damage a determined, violent attacker.
In addition, we have our normal Saturday combatives class with includes aspects of non-traditional karate. During these classes, you will learn to evolve in a mixed martial arts aspect with hybrid techniques which include:
- Law Enforcement Techniques
- Trapping and Locking
- Jeet Kun Do
Law Enforcement Training
Contact Tim Amey for seminar information.