"So do you guys have Karate classes?"
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Hi there! We get this question a lot, "So do you guys have Karate classes?" or "I was looking for Karate classes for my kids, is that something you do?" or some version of that. The main reason that is so common is that for many people "Karate" is synonymous with any martial art. If it involves punching, kicking, throwing, or just about anything else, people usually just refer to it as Karate. So don't feel bad! That is ok. Let's do a quick breakdown of some of the Martial Arts that we teach here to give you a little bit more knowlege on just what you might be looking for.
Karate is an Art that has been around for a long time and has many, many different sub-names and types. It can be a bit confusing. Without getting in to all of that some of the things that all styles of Karate have in common is that they all involve punches, kicks, stancework, and something called Kata (pre arranged sets of movements). Karate can be especially good for young children to start in as it teaches them good balance, basic coordination, and, as with most Martial Arts, good discipline.
In Kyu Shin Ryu (the main Art taught at IDA) Karate is definitely one of the core components. Much of the stancework and many striking concepts are gleaned from many styles of Karate. It is an important part of the kids and beginners curriculum.
Judo has been aorund for quite a while. In fact it currently boasts some of the highest participation of any sport worldwide! It is an Olympic sport and has been since 1964. Judo is a tremendous and dynamic combat sport that demands both physical prowess and great mental discipline. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allow you to lift and throw your opponents onto their backs. On the ground, it includes techniques that allow you to pin your opponents down to the ground, control them, and apply various chokeholds or joint locks until submission.
In Kyu Shin Ryu (the main art taught at IDA) Judo is very critical. Judo was adapted from Jujitsu and thus once Judo throws are learned they are easy to adapt to the Jujitsu style. We teach both Kodokan Judo (think tournament rules) and have many people that compete with what they learn here. We also teach Combat Judo which is more self defense oriented and no focus is put on learning tournament regulations.
This can be one of the harder ones for people not "in the know" of Martial Arts to make sense of. The big reason for this is the huge rise in popularity in the last 10 years or so of Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) and the more traditional Japanese Jujitsu which was the Art of warring Samurai in fuedal Japan. It is very much about seld defense and does not focus on competition even slightly.
Jujutsu developed as a method for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon. Because striking against an armored opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks, and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker's energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.
From this comprehensive Art was born many schools (read that as styles)and even different Arts ( namely Judo and from Judo came Brazilian JiuJitsu). Many schools of Jujitsu also taught weapons (as does this one).
In Kyu Shin Ryu, Jujitsu is a BIG part of what we do (thus the name of the website and style Kyu Shin Ryu Jujitsu or KSR Jujitsu for "short"). It is very much a wartlike Art and we practice with that mindset- serious, disciplined, no nonsense. In our kids classes this edge is softened somewhat. In principle it is still there without all the stern warriorlike elements. We expect them to behave and call them to task when they do not. We do not allow "horseplay" on the mat and strive to have them take their learning seriously. In the adult class much more is expected but that is how it should be.
Kyu Shin Ryu:
So with everything we've talked about so far just HOW is that all put together?! The answer is: with time, patience, and attention to detail. In Kyu Shin Ryun or main mission is to arm people for their own defense and the protection of others. KSR will teach you to fight on your feet, on your knees, on the ground, with weapons, against weapons, and in many more scenarios. The skills you learn and the Arts that you're taught all come together seemlesly to allow you to act any where on what we call the Force Contiuum. So wether it is completely avoiding a situation that you picked up on through recognition skills or verbally de-escalating a situation on one end of the spectrum (the side we all strive to stay on and wish everyone else the same) to the other side where force is used up to and including lethal force as a very last resort in defense of your life or that of a loved one.
The different Arts that we mentioned previously as part of KSR (and some few that we did not mention) give you options depending on things like your size, weight, physical conditioning (and that of your opponent) and also things like the range you find yourself in, avenues of escape or other mobility concerns, is it just you or do you have to worry about a companion or child, are weapons involved and what tools do you have? All these things are taken in to consideration and addressed. It takes time but it is time well spent.
At Integrity Defensive Arts we get a lot of questions about what we do. We'll answer what is undoubtedley the most common question and use that as the spring board for a more thorough breakdown of just what it is we do at IDA and what Kyu Shin Ryu is all about.
The most common question is: "Do you have Karate classes for kids?"
And the short answer is yes. Yes, we do.
Mon - 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm for Beginners and new students
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for intermediate and advanced students
& - 6:30 pm to 7:30 om for Adults
Thurs - 7:45 pm to 9:15 pm for Adults
Sat - 9:00 am to 10:00 am for Beginners and new students
- 10:00 am to 11:00 am for intermediate and advanced students
I you would like a slightly more nuanced explanation of just what all we do at Integrity Defensive Arts and a little bit more on what all KSR Jujitsu is, we kindly invite you to read on!