What will training involve?
A typical training session will involve a warm up and stretching session followed by the fundamental elements of karate training:
Kihon (basic techniques) - various punching, kicking and blocking techniques performed either on their own or in combination.
Kumite (sparring) - students begin with simple techniques within a rigidly structured format gradually increasing in complexity and evolving into freestyle fighting. In training and competition the moves are held back so that the opponent is not actually hit.
Kata (set forms) - sequences of movements increasing in complexity with each level, mimicking a fight against imaginary opponents.
The class will close with a cool down session of stretching similar to the warm-up.