Each class begins with warm-up exercises. A typical class involves the development of basics, drills with partners, solo Kata work, as well as bunkai (practical application) and/or self-defense techniques.
Our students use the coloured belt system to denote achievement. The requirements for each colour belt are outlined in the student manual. Our emphasis, however, is on the students’ self-development rather than rankings, and students are encouraged to advance at their own pace.
Go Ju Ryu Karate Classes
All Kids classes are taught by Renshi Tammy Hogarth or a Sensei (teacher – 3rd dan black belt or higher) with multiple teaching assistants to ensure personalized attention. While we offer a special Grasshopper class for children 3-5 we welcome beginner students of all ages into the Little Dragons class.
We offer a class for children age 3-5. As a “Grasshopper” they learn basic Dojo etiquette, very basic movements, stretching, balance, coordination,the ability to follow instruction and have lots of fun! There is one class per week, offered either on Wednesday evening or Saturday morning.
The “Little Dragons” class consists of White Belts, Purple Belts, Yellow Belts and Yellow Black Stripe Belts. In this class the kids learn formal Dojo etiquette, basic GoJu Karate moves, kicking, self defense and Kata (Karate Forms). There are 3 classes (each 45 minutes in length) per week and students may attend all of these classes. The classes are structured to meet the curriculum for progression through the belt levels and for the students to have fun.
The “Dragons” class consists of Orange, and Orange Black Stripe Belts, Green Belts, and Green Black Stripe. The Dragons refine their skills in basic Karate moves, kicks and learn more advanced skills in self defense and Kata. There are 3 classes (each 45 minutes in length) per week and students may attend all of these classes. The classes are structured to meet the curriculum for progression through the belt levels and for the students to have fun.
The “Griffin” class is for Blue Belts and higher. The students continue to refine their skill and add new Kata. There are 3 classes (each 45 minutes in length) per week and students may attend all of these classes. The classes are structured to meet the curriculum for progression through the belt levels.
Adult Go Ju Ryu classes are taught by a Sensei [teacher] 3rd dan or higher, or an assistant supervised by a Sensei. The classes are structured to teach the curriculum for all belts at the same time – beginners focus on the basics of the exercises while more advanced belts are corrected for appropriate development of motion. There are 3 classes (each 60 minutes in length) during the week and the adults can also attend an open class (adults and teens) on Saturday.
Hapkijitsu classes are structured for both teens and adults. The classes teach the requirements in the curriculum for white to black belts. There are 2 classes each 90 minutes in length during the week. Each class is led by Hanshi or a Black Belt, and gradings are scheduled 4 times a year.
Instruction in Kobudo – use of weapons – is offered to all students who have reached Orange Belt or higher level in our GoJu or Hapkijitsu programs. Forms and exercises are specific to Kobudo. The classes are structured to teach all requirements of the kobudo curriculum for all belts. There are 2 classes per week.
Please visit our Class Schedule page for details on class times.