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Instructor Info:Samuel Kanner
Office Extension x5729
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
07:45 PM - 09:15 PM Robert Crown Center GYM
07:45 PM - 09:15 PM Robert Crown Center GYM
Description: Beginning Shotokan Karate: Shotokan Karate began as an unarmed form of self-defense for farmers native to the Ryukyu island chain off the southern coast of Japan, known as Okinawa. During the forceful annexation of Okinawa to the main island of Japan in the late 19th century, any individual with a working knowledge of hand-to-hand combat was considered a threat to the Japanese military incursions. Training and practice of karate had to be held in secret and at night. Students will explore and practice basics (kihon) of blocking, striking and kicking. Using balance, timing and coordination we will begin to thread these individual techniques into greater sequences of movements called kata (forms). Within each kata resides the origin of combat with respect to one or more opponents. Students will engage in paired exercises using isolated techniques from kata leading up to basic forms of sparring (kumite). Please come to class well hydrated and in clothing suitable for highly active movements. NO jeans, jewelry, hats, shoes or socks during class. 5-College students will be graded pass/fail. "There is no first strike in karate," - Principle #2, Master Gichin Funakoshi.