Shotokan Karate Level 1
Target Group and Requirements
This course is aimed at everyone who wishes to learn karate as a martial art and has no prior experience. Those who have previously practiced a different martial art or simply taken a longer break from training should also join this course level. As the taught movement principles are independent of age and gender, one’s training condition plays only a minor role. Those with past injuries or illnesses, as well as preexisting conditions of the musculoskeletal system should consider consulting the course instructor ahead of participating the course. As the content of the course builds on itself, regular participation is required. Late entry into the course is possible, but should, with consideration for the progress of the course and of the other course participants, first be discussed with the course instructor.
Content and Goals
Training begins and ends with a short meditation. This is followed by a warm-up and preparatory exercises, including joint mobilization, muscle activation and awareness exercises. The aim of thelevel 1 course is the teaching of fundamental hit and kick techniques as well as the first basic Kata. Depending on the progress of the course, the second fundamental Kata and other exercises will be taught.