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The 3rd Level – Orange Belt (6th kyu) Exam Sequence

At this level the karateka needs to improve the previus exam sequence showing the improvement during the Kihon, Kata and Kumite execution. 03 Graduation Exam ORANGE to GREEN Sequence SENSEIRODRIGO.COM Oss! RELATED: THE IMPORTANCE OF BREATH IN KARATE!   Share this…Facebook0TwitterLinkedinemail

The second step – Yellow Belt (8th kyu) Exam Sequence

The Karate life training is like a building when you have to go upstairs just by stairs, with no lifts. The “second floor” is the Yellow Belt (8th Kyu) and here are the Graduation Exam Sequence that all students have to perform to reach the the 3rd level.   02 Graduation Exam YELLOW to ORANGE…

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Let´s start from the beginning – White Belt (9th kyu) Exam Sequence

All Traditional Karate-Do students start with white belt. In WTKF UAE we have this first level as 9th Kyu. You can find the White Belt Exam Sequence including Kihon, Kata and Kumite at the pdf file. 01 Graduation Exam WHITE to YELLOW Sequence SENSEIRODRIGO.COM   Oss! Share this…Facebook0TwitterLinkedinemail

Sensei Rodrigo performing the First Flying Kick (Mae Tobi Geri)

In the beginning of Karate training, the practicioner learn the basics about the kicks. The first “Flying Kick” to learn is the Mae Tobi Geri (flying front kick) starting at the Green Belt level (6th Kyu). To know this kick, the karateka needs to learn the previus kicks to improve balance and leg control: Mae…

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Understanding the command “Hajime” and when it is used in karate

The command of  the Japanese word “Hajime” (meaning start) is used in various contexts. In an educational enviornment or a training session, the Sensei will use Hajime to indicate that the activity should begin, in instances such as kihon, kata, kumite, and more. During competitions Hajime is used with a number of word combinations. The command of “Shobu…

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Preparation methods: karate beginners versus advanced students

The tradtional karate structure and learning streams try to make it easy for beginner students to learn the correct execution of techniques. During white belt, yellow belt and orange belt, your Sensei might emphasize preparations needed for a specific technique. Later, as the student advances, they will notice that the preparation seems to “disappear”. In…

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Sensei Rodrigo discusses his thoughts on backward Oizuki

Many Senseis teach Oizuki (punches) backwards. If the karateka goes backwards for some reason during the punches, he or she should consider that at the last moment the power needs to go through the target. In other words, the body can move backwardsm but not during the whole execution. Rather, it is just until before…

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Counting in Japanese is essential for karate

Beginning your educational journey in karate might seem intimidating as you really are learning a new language (unless you happen to speak Japanese.) Counting during techniques is done in Japanese, and many of the terms used even during white belt training are in Japanese. This instructional and easy to follow video will help you with…

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Shizentai, yame and yoi – what’s the difference?

In karate, Shizentai is the standing (natural) position. Shizentai position is used when practitioners prepare to start (yoi) and finish particular sequences (yame). Starting is yoy whereas ending is yame. (This is pronounced yamé – like café.) The Traditional Karate-Do salutation itself is done in Muzubi-dachi stance. This requires the practioner to stand with heels together…

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The importance of breath in karate

One of the large differences between Traditional Karate-Do WTKF and other forms of karate is the use of breathing to generate more power. Learn more about the different schools of karate here. When engaging the abdominal muscles, the karateka can align the whole body in the force of the technique. It is necessary to exhale…

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