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Karate-Do— the way of the empty hand

“The way of the empty hand” is a direct translation of Karate-Do. Symbolically it means; to be able to receive something our hands should be open and empty.

The style

In the world of Karate there exists a great number of different styles. The style of Kushido is based on the Goju-Ryu school, which combines the hard and the soft. This is very nicely shown in the yin and yang symbol, which shows the interplay of two opposing energies or qualities. Kushido incorporates additional elements from Aikido, Tai-Chi and Kobudo.

Fruits of the Karate-Do training

A few years of training can bring many improvements on various subjects and levels
  • Being aware of ones body, improved posture, being more symmetrical left and right
  • Enhanced balance, physically and emotionally
  • Improved overall coordination
  • More strengh and greater fitness
  • More flexibility, physically and mentally
  • Improved ability of concentration
  • Better chances in a self defence conflict
Lots of these aspects have a positive effect on ones attitude. It improves the feeling of self worth and brings more happiness. Through this radiant joy ones surrounding reacts positive too which improves our chances to be successful.

Elements of the Karate-Do training

Most of the training is done symmetrically with the left and right side with arms and legs. The training fields include the following:
  • Basic techniques to attack and defend
  • Throwing techniques
  • Joint locking techniques
  • Partner exercises from basic versions to improvised free sparring
  • Kata (fixed forms with imaginary opponents in all directions)
  • Kata application exercises with a partner
  • Flow drills to practice combinations with a partner
  • Kobudo (art of traditional weapons)
  • Tai-Chi Elements

Karate-Do is not competition based. Winning against an opponent is not the primary aim. What counts is to win the small inner battles through regular practice. Just for the exercise to perform in front of a crowd with extra stress, we occasionally organize competitions.

Belts and gradings

In Kushido there is a similar yet different grading system to most other Karate styles. The Mudansha grades (student grades from 1st to 10th level) and Yudansha (senior grades from 1st to 10th Dan). Pré-Kushidos 5 to 9 years old, and juniors 10 to 15 years old, have separate grades and are graded to their own requirements.

Gradings are always to highly valuated. It is much more important how much progress somebody makes than how many levels he got on his belt, or which belt colour it is. With progress the levels come automatically and not the other way round.

Karate-Do training is geared for ...

… everybody regardless of age or sex, with exception of a minimum age of 5 years. What matters is an open mind and to be prepared to invest time and effort to train on a regular basis. To have a little patience helps too.

The first step

starts with a trial lesson without any obligations in one of our Dojos (schools). We are looking forward to getting to know you.

 Kushido Schweiz  Renshi Baumann Paul & Juanita , Vorsässring 6 , 6372 Ennetmoos , Tel.: 041 612 18 41 , E-Mail
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