A well organized training period is about 1 hour.
The training will usually follow this general outline: 

  • Slowly and gently raise your heart rate.
  • Limber your body with stretching.
  • Raise your heart rate aerobically with basic techniques (punching, kicking, blocking) for at least 20 minutes.
  • Condition your response ability by way of anaerobic controlled pre-arranged attack and defend scenarios.
  • Improve your general karate form with the study of kata (formal exercise routines). If your skill level permits, free sparring.
  • Strengthen and tone your muscle structure with calisthenics.
  • Cool you down with gentle stretching.

Sometime during the session, there is an instructional period that will lecture and demonstrate a principle or technique to focus on.

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Encouraging karate phrases

  • "Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle."
  • "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Keep moving forward."
  • "Train hard, fight easy. Your dedication and effort will bring success."
  • "A black belt is a white belt who never quit. Stay persistent and determined."
  • "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
  • "Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up. Keep pushing your limits."
  • "In karate, the spirit and the mind are just as important as the body. Cultivate all three."
  • "Pain is temporary, but the pride of achieving your goals lasts forever."
  • "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle. Give it your all."
  • "Karate is not about being better than someone else; it's about being better than you were yesterday."
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