Karate Class Format

Todd Sparring at Nationals

Alexandria Soo Do Kwan

Class overview

Basics | Forms | Sparring | Self-defense

Our classes consist of four major elements:

  • Basic movements and drills – Various strikes, blocks, clinches, and footwork. These are practiced both solo, and with a partner.
  • Forms – A series of linked movements designed to develop body awareness, and to improve mechanical efficiency, coordination, strength, flexibility, and stamina.
  • Free sparring – A sport-like activity that involves an exchange of controlled, but unscripted, attacks and defenses.
  • Self-defense – Drills where we apply the movements derived from the former aspects of training to escape harmful situations; including being pinned against the ground.

The above represents a summary of our classes which are a mix of art, sport, and self-defense. We also learn history and philosophy of the art and include calisthenics in every class. This makes for a great workout, so you can expect to sweat, a lot.

“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.”

–Gichin Funakoshi, Shotokai

Weekly class format:

  • Monday (7-9pm) – Basic movements, forms, and applications.
  • Thursday (7:30-9pm)- Sparring drills and free sparring.
  • Saturday (12-1pm) – Forms (preceded by Jiu-Jitsu).
  • Sunday (2-4pm) – Open studio practice (with permission of the instructor).

Mondays are the best day to join us for your first class.

What to expect during class

  • At the beginning of class, we all line up, salute the flags, bow to the senior rank, and do some brief breathing and meditation.
  • Then we warm up with some soft movements, break a sweat, and begin stretching. Once warm, we practice a handful of techniques–moving and sweating up until the last minute of class.
  • At the end of class, we line up again, meditate, recite the training hall rules, bow out, and stretch after informally.

Class schedule

  • Mondays 7-9pm
  • Thursdays 7:30-9pm
  • Saturdays 12-1pm
  • Sundays 2-4pm (solo practice with permission of the instructor only)

If you decide you like the classes and want to become a member, we’ll help get you the gear that you’ll need, and we’ll give you access to some resources. Need more information? Contact us.