P.A.K.T. Training Program
You will begin your classes as a “novice” with others just like you. Class by class, you will learn self-defense movements-first, movements that are very simple and easy to learn and then gradually, more advanced ones as your abilities are developed. As you become more skillful, your speed, precision, power, and agility will also improve. You will move through karate belt color ranks at a rate that you determine. The color of your belt will reflect your level of experience and proficiency.
Who Can Benefit from P.A.K.T.?
Men, women and children have discovered the benefits of Hernandez Karate Studio’s & Beecher P.A.K.T. programs. Students are grouped with others of similar levels of skill and experience. Highly trained instructors provide ample amount of personal instruction so that each individual can develop his or her karate skills at a pace that is comfortable.
|Students will learn:|
|Self-Control||Self-Confidence||Increased Self-Achievement||Increased Self-Courage|
|Respect for self and others||Better Discipline||Improved Balance||Improved Coordination|
|Improved Focus and Concentration||Increased Strength||Reduced Stress||Control over mind, body, and spirit|
This is the style of karate that is taught at Beecher P.A.K.T.. This style’s origins can be traced back to a prince named Boddhidharma, who left India in 525 AD and traveled to China where he settled in the Shao-lin Temple. There, he developed a system of fighting sometimes referred to as Shao-lin Kung-Fu, that made the monks some of the most feared in the country.
Over the many years, what Boddhidharma developed in China passed from teacher to student and eventually found its way to the island of Okinawa. There it was combined with fighting techniques developed by the Okinawans and evolved into the martial art known as karate, and Shorei-ryu is one of the many styles. Shorei-ryu is a major Okinawan karate style that embraces a meticulous repertoire of techniques. The style emphasizes training techniques that develop power, speed, fluidity, control, relax responses, sparring ability, and mental and physical abilities.
The mainstay of the system is the instruction in kata, which means “form” in English. A kata is a choreographed routine made up of precise moves similar to what a gymnast might do in a floor exercise or what a dancer may do in a ballet. These forms or routines have been done the same way for hundreds of years. In this system there are three preparatory exercises called Taikyoku 1, 2, and 3, and 15 formal katas. The learning and practice of these katas are designed to help the student develop physical perfection, balance, speed, power, form, mental and physical coordination, and mental and spiritual awareness.
The katas are employed on three different levels:
- the mental, which embodies sequence and performance
- the spiritual, which embodies the execution of movements against an opponent, and
- the universal, whereby the student seeks to interpret and understand every movement of the form.
Some styles of martial arts do not train the student in the use of weapons, but Shorei-ryu does. The weapons were at one time used as farm implements rather than weapons, but their use changed as the Japanese outlawed formal weapons on the island of Okinawa. The student learns how to use the bo, sai, nunchaku, tonfa and kama. He or she learns the history of the weapon and how to use it for offense and defense. The student learns how to do the various katas with a weapon.
The ultimate goal of a karate student may be varied; but let us assume it is to eventually achieve the rank of a black belt. To achieve that goal one will need to master many things and be exposed to a lot of information.
On the way to the rank of a black belt, you will pass through 10 ranks. You will do this by passing a test designed to determine whether you meet the standards set for that rank by your instructors. The length of time it will take for you to meet the standards for a particular rank is dependent upon your individual ability and the amount of effort you put into mastering the material. If you do not work hard it will take a long time and, in the process, you will be hurting no one but yourself. The choice is yours.
The material that must be mastered is progressive in amount, complexity, diversity and difficulty. It starts with basic individual techniques, moves to simple exercises, then moves on to more complex forms (katas) and the use of Okinawan weapons. You will need to learn the basic individual techniques – stances, kicks, punches, blocks, methods of movement, etc. – very well, as these are the building blocks of the Shorei-ryu style. If you do not learn them well, you will have faulty blocks with which to build your mastery. Then as you start learning the more complex exercises and forms you will not be able to do them well.
The katas or forms as they are referred to in English, are the core and the mainstay of the
Shorei-ryu style and system. The definition of a kata is: A series of prearranged maneuvers practiced in order for one to become proficient in techniques.
Through the study and mastery of the many katas you will learn: how to perfect the many offensive and defensive techniques, how to move, how to put techniques together in a series, how to apply this knowledge against one or more opponents, etc. Karate actually patterns certain responses and actions so they become reflexive. Unlike self-defense courses, which teach novel and planned responses to attacks, karate teaches reflexive patterns not proceeded by thought. A kata is also an art form and, when done by a master of the martial arts, is a beautiful thing to watch.