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JUNIOR KARATE STUDY SHEET
PARENTS Please have your child ON TIME for his/her class. This is important so they can get their class credit which applies for their next belt. If they are late, they DO NOT get credit for that class, but are allowed to participate in that class. Karate is a contact sport. However, unlike boxing where the object is to knock the opponent out, the object in sport karate is to score points without hurting the opponent. Appropriate safety gear is provided and all contact is closely supervised by the class instructors. As reported by the United States Product Commission, Karate is one of the SAFEST recreational activities in the United States. Karate is ranked 29th out of recreational activities, with 35th being the safest.
Before sitting down in class, report to your instructor and check in for that class by stating your name
followed by saying SIR or MA'AM in a loud clear voice.
INSTRUCTORS Students should always address instructors (and all assistant instructors) as MISTER, MISS, SIR, or MA'AM.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED Clean and pressed white, traditional style karate uniform and properly tied belt. No patches or markings on the uniform or belt unless approved by the Head Instructor. There is no contact in the junior class in the face or groin area, but for safety reasons parents should purchase Karate cup & supporter, and a Karate mouth piece for their child. Parents may order these items from the instructor.
****NOTE: To order any equipment, see your instructor for an order form. Head & Hand Gear will be provided for all students until they are able to obtain their own gear. After a child has reached the rank of Yellow Belt, he or she should furnish their own safety gear.
RULES Always practice with safety and respect towards your instructors and classmates. No horseplay before, during or after class. Wear your uniform to karate class only. No jewelry (rings, watches, headbands, earrings, etc...) is to be worn in class. Any disruptive behavior can result in a student being permanently ejected from the classes.
UNIFORM Before the fourth Week of class the student needs to have his/her FIRST NAME - IN 2 INCH HIGH, BLACK, BLOCK STYLE LETTERS, on the back of the uniform top. This needs to be done at a PROFESSIONAL T-SHIRT PRINTING SHOP (located n most large shopping malls). NO HAND PRINTING OR PAINTING IS ACCEPTABLE.
Wash the uniform in cold water, and do not wash the belt.
Your complete uniform; top, pants, and belt is to be worn in class. Before of after class it is acceptable to wear the uniform pants and a t-shirt.(the top and belt must be folded and put away), but NEVER enter the class area without the complete uniform on.
TOURNAMENTS The emphasis at tournaments is NOT on WINNING, but instead on DOING ONE'S BEST. Tournaments are not a requirement for class participation, but is a requirement for belt advancement. There is an additional fee to enter a tournament and for belt testing.
OBTAINING BELT RANK To be eligible for belt ranking, a student must meet the minimum required classes needed for that belt, participate in the number of tournaments needed for that belt, and do well at home and at school. A child must also exhibit GOOD ATTITUDE in karate class. Advancing in rank is optional. There is also an additional fee for taking a belt advancement test.
COMPETITION PANTS Yellow Belts and above can order competition pants. Competition pants are to be worn to class 2 WEEKS BEFORE TOURNAMENTS AND AT ALL OF OUR TOURNAMENTS only, not during regular classes. These pants are not required but can be ordered through the instructor. There is a charge for the competition pants.
KARATE HISTORY & STUDY TERMS
The founder of modem day Karate was a man named FUNAKOSHI. Karate began in the year 500 A.D. in the country of INDIA. "Karate" is a JAPANESE word that means 'EMPTY HANDS.' Karate is divided into 3 groups; ART, SPORT, AND SELF DEFENSE.
The most important part of karate is CONDITIONING. The STYLE of karate you will be training in is
called AMERICAN KARATE. The father of American Karate was a man named ED PARKER.
The belt rating system for JUNIORS in American Karate is: WHITE, YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE, 3 DEGREES OF PURPLE, RED AND 4 DEGREES OF RED.
The belt rating system ADULTS in American Karate is: WHITE, YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN, BLUE, PURPLE, BROWN, 3 DEGREES OF BROWN, BLACK AND 8 LEVELS OF BLACK.
KARATE is made up of different types of KICKS, PUNCHES, STRIKES and BLOCKS. JUDO is made up of different types of THROWING TECHNIQUES. The most important part of SPARRING is TIMING and DISTANCE.
The MOST IMPORTANT aspect of karate training is to ALWAYS keep a GOOD ATTITUDE, and practice with safety and respect towards your classmates.