The belt system
At Saizen Karate, the belt system is as follows:-
The Saizen Kai syllabus
Karate is the Japanese phase measing 'empty hand', and is a martial art of self-defence. It is a weaponless form that uses attacks of the hands and feet accompanied by special breathing techniques and shouts. These shouts are known as kiais.
Karate is similar to other martial arts, but more emphasis is placed on stricking with kicks and punches rather than grappling, as with other martial arts such as judo. All punches use the first two knuckles as this keeps the arm and wrist straight, increasing the strength of the strike.
Higher grade karateka learn about the most vulnerable parts of the human body, and how such areas can be attacked using hands, elbows, knees or feet.
All karateka at Saizen Kai Karate follow a syllabus designed to build strength, fitness and confidence. Karate stresses the need of muscular control in all techniques, but also for relaxation. Astanga yoga is taught to all students to promote this.
To progress from one belt or kyu to the next, karateke are required to take part in a grading. This formal exam enables students to demonstrate their knowledge of the syllabus, and their readiness to move on to the next belt. If the required standard is met, the karateke will be promoted to the next kyu.