Titles and ranks

Receiving a new Belt and or grade is done in another Reishiki, which differs, from Dojo to Dojo. Generally students are called to the front of class. They kneel before their Instructor in Seiza, bow, and under whatever ceremonial circumstance receive their award. The structure of this ritual will vary from Dojo to Dojo, association […]

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Some new stuff for 2009

The biggest characteristic of Goju-ryu is the ‘respiration method’ with an accompanying shout. It emphasizes strong breathing in and out and ‘putting strength into inhalation and exhalation.’ Among the katafor tanren, Sanchin is the most basic technique in the Naha-te system. It is considered that fostering physical strength, including respiration, is essential for karate. Sanchin […]

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PCP – Praise – Correct – Praise

By Sensei Mike and Sensei Laura Sywyk In keeping with positive reinforcement teaching techniques that we use at EWBLC, the technique of PCP – Praise – Correct – Praise, fits right in. In using this technique when you are teaching or assisting you want to find something the student is doing well and praise him/her […]

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Speaking about Karate

by Funakoshi Gichin English translation by Patrick & Yuriko McCarthy It is said that karate began with the Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhidarma, who traversed huge mountains, deep valleys and great rivers en route to Liang. Following his lecture at the court of Emperor Wu, Bodhidarma withdrew to the Shaolin monastery at Henan Province where he […]

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