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Karatetrainer KurtKurt - 3. Dan Goju Ryu Karate, 2. Dan Kobudo
Fighting sport has been part of my life since 1989. I started Karate in Burgdorf. Since 2001, I have been training in Dojo Silholzli and since 2011 I am leading the Dojo. My second passion is Kobudo, a Japanese martial art. I also train Krav Maga and Kickboxing and I like to ride motorcycles.

Karatetrainer RomanRoman - 2. Dan Goju Ryu Karate
The Goju Ryu virus infected me in 1995. Actually, I was dragged along by a friend as an appendix to a self-defense course. From this on there were more than 20 years. In between, I was abroad and trained in a Shotokan Dojo due to lack of alternatives. Karate tournaments were a passion for a time and a rich experience for me. Hunting my next Dan grade is not so exciting for me. I rather support our people in their development and invest my time in exploring our style.

 

The modular Structure of Karate-Training

The structure of the Goju Ryu karate training is based on modules. Each module covers a range from learning a technique up to using it in self-defense and combat.

Every training module has simple exercises for beginner’s first steps up to challenging exercises that push also well-trained athletes to the limit.

Our training is always based on our most important rule: Karate never begins an attack, that is only for self-defense

二, 空手 に 先手 無 し

 

Training modul Kihon 基本 - the basics

The Japanese term Kihon refers to the basic school of karate techniques. Kihon is not only for beginners the most important form of training, since this is about practicing instinctive reactions. Repetition of movement is one of success keys. Kihon includes block and attack techniques and movement patterns, such as attack or evasive maneuvers.

 

Training modul Kata 形型 - the toolbox

From the beginning Kata were a memory tool for self-defense techniques. A Kata is a flow of movements with defensive and offensive patterns. The direction of movement is constantly changing.

The specific patterns and elementary tactics of each karate style reach their full potential only in a Kata. These sets of offensive and defensive techniques simulate phases and rhythms of a fight. They are the memory of Karate.

The original power of Goju Ryu with dynamic and natural movements follows the pulse of a fight. Changes between stable and dynamic positions are very typical. The attack follows on defense with short and flowing combat tactics.

 

Trainingsmodul Bunkai 分解 - getting real

In module Bunkai the going gets tough. You use techniques from the kata against real attacks. A kata is a form that doesn’t change much and also not adapt to your individual possibilities. This is exactly what happens in a Bunkai. You're creating individual movements from the Kata. You fit yourself to the situation and the attack. A positive side effect: you learn a deeper understanding of the movements in the kata.

 

Training modul Kumite 組手 - the fight

In Kumite you practice a one to one fight. Particularly important are flexibility, speed and the ability to respond to unforeseen situations. Apart the physical training Kumite serves also the purpose to get used to the mental struggle to follow a fight instinctively.

 

Belts and exams

The belt system is a modern invention. Each belt color represents a level, from the first stage in pure white, to the highest level in Black.

Our training program is based on these levels. Each level has its main techniques, Kata, Bunkai and Kumite exercises. The degree increases with each level. If you are ready for the next stage it becomes time for examination. Exams are held twice a year. As a member of the Swiss Karate Federation our Belt exams are internationally recognized and are registered in a personal Karate pass.

 

Do you have a smart workout plan?

Most people do not.

In fact, usually you have no idea about the optimal amount of exercise, frequency or intensity. You just go by your feeling. But if you want to achieve constant improvement, you have to build a solid, long-term strategy in order to know exactly how much, how often and how intensive you should practice karate.

What happens when you're training? Your body is exposed to stress, you burn energy and your body releases molecules. You reach a catabolic state.

Now the recovery phase begins. The body heals itself in response to the training stress and the energy is restoring. This is the anabolic state. Your body is not going back to the same state as before, but something more to be ready for the training stress. You reach the stage of super compensation.

Your next workout should run exactly in this stage. Why? If you’re training too early, your body will not have time to rest and super compensation, which will ultimately result in an over trained state. If you’re training too late, your body falls back to the old level and you won’t improve.

Go as often as possible to the dojo, but stop immediately if you realize symptoms of an over trained state notice (joint pain, no concentration, persistent muscle soreness, malaise, etc.) Generally you should feel better yourself after EVERY workout.