Karate Curriculum

Karate Curriculum

The system of Karate taught is a blend of Japanese Karate/Ju Jitsu, Wado Ryu and Okinawan Karate, Go Ju Ryu, coupled with a strong Chinese (Quan Fa) influence. Translated, Karate means “Empty Hand” and Go Jo as “hard and soft” Quan Fa as “Kempo” Japanese name of China’s fist method.

Shizendo’s Curriculum is rooted in principles and concepts which transcends all systems. Principles and concepts are universal, which are natural laws of motion, manipulation, impact, power and speed etc. With this approach the student can develop a highly skilled flowing powerful body, but more importantly, a natural powerful flowing body.

Systems of training are the building blocks the foundations of a particular way or approach to learning an art, using assorted katas and pairs work in class training we can develop the student in the way that reflects the type of karate practised in the Dojo.  There are many systems of karate and even the same systems differ greatly, but they all share the same idea, developing the student and teaching the art fully.

The Three K’s of Karate

 K1 Kihon      Basic Training

K2 Kata        Form Training

K3 Kumite   Partnered Training

Shizendo Curriculum uses six kata and three waza.

The first section is Generic – Waza,   Basic karate, Ippon,   Basic pairs work, Renkai, Combinations.
The second section Go Ju – Kata, Sanshin, Tensho, Tegmmi and Sticky hand drills.
The third section Wado – Kata, Naihanchi, Kusanku, Seishan, Chinto, Pairs work, Kihon Kumite.

Shi Zen Do karate system to the development and cultivation of the sixteen gate boxing method, it uses natural universal laws of motion, Wado Ryu  and Go Ju Ryu karate use soft to overcome the hard, to harmonise with the opponent rather than meet head on. The practitioner of Shi Zen Do karate unitises subtle techniques; it’s therefore a flowing art of non-resistance and developing strategic skills in long and close quarter fighting.

Shi Zen Do martial arts also has a number of weapons systems each with their oen syllabus,  these weapons are taught on regular three hour courses throughout the year. please take a look at the calendar or posts for course dates and times.  The weapons under the Shizendo Martial Arts are as follows:

Escrima Stick, Shi Zen Do Knife, Pole/Bo, Sai, Kama and Tonfa


Kanji Kubudo Weapons

Each weapon studied is a complete system and can be amalgamated into the empty hand art as the concepts and principles exactly the same .

“The Art is the Flow the Flow being the Art”