Gentle Arts of
柔道 武術 自衛
Martial Arts for
Karate - Tai Chi
Practical Self Defence
Suitable Older Adults
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Martial Arts for Relaxation &
Traditional Martial Arts for Health, Relaxation and a Practical Self Defence with Modern Duty of Care
ALL students in are encouraged to work at their own levels and at their own pace and to view the performance of any technique as optional, capable of being modified and always with the need to be performed with control and safety.
All classes include Qigong (Chi Kung) breathing and relaxation training and do not include techniques which involve falling, physically throwing, grappling or free-sparring but may include some partner work for self-defence applications performed with control and safety.
Students begin with a foundation course to prepare for graded streams for Goju Ryu Karate-do and Tai Chi Chuan-do where the focus is on self-defence, self-confidence, humility and respect for others and NOT training for competition, tournaments or trophies.
FOUNDATION COURSE starts with learning solo kata or forms with a practical focus which utilises the opponent’s energy and principles of leverage and biomechanics to develop an “efficient and effective” fighting style.
This course may include
Study of Forms & Movement
Basic Karate Fighting Forms - H-Pattern
Tai Chi Chuan Sun Style 12 Form
Yang Style 24 Form – Section 1 – Forms 1-8
Yang Style Fan Form – Sections 1 & 2
White Crane Breathing Form – Shirasagi Tensho
Basic Movements & Fighting Form – Sun Style – Playing the Lute (Cat Stance)
Sensing & Push Hands training
Basic Martial Form & Technique
Stances, Blocks, Thrusts, Kicks, Snap, Smash & Posture
Self Defence Techniques against - Punches and kicks - Strangles - Body attacks – fingers, hands, wrists, arm grabs
Pressure Points – and other powerful defences
Introduction to Key Principles - Yang Chen Fu’s Ten Principles – Yielding-body evasion - Co-ordinated movement and breathing
KARATE-DO – “The Way of the Empty Hand” - GOJU RYU – Traditional Style of Karate - The Goju system is a blend of hard and soft techniques with training to be able to move quickly between hard and soft techniques and to draw back, deflect and utilise the strength, energy and power of the opponent to maximum advantage. Goju karate places great value on the art of relaxation and developing powerful diaphragmatic breathing thus enhancing the power of the technique. Goju Ryu techniques are practised in forms called Kata. Goju karate places great importance on Kata from beginners through to black belt.
TAI CHI CHUAN-DO – “The Way of the Supreme Fist” – An energy efficient INTERNAL Chinese Martial Arts style utilising “push-pull” yielding principles and movements based on circular flowing movement and even tempo, making for harmony and balance. Much practice results in a high level of body-control which in turn results in greatly increased powers of mental concentration. Tai Chi Chuan teaches how to conserve and increase energy flow – the flow of chi. For this reason it is suitable for people of all ages. Tai Chi Chuan develops the ability to know when the opponent is going to attack. Speed, sensitivity, and flexibility are built up, rather than brute force. If you learn to see danger before it reaches you, it can be neutralized.