"Violent action may be understood as the way of martial arts, but the true meaning of martial arts is to seek and attain the way of peace and harmony" - Otsuka Sensei
The Saskatoon LYNX club is exited to have moved to our great new location, at the LYNX hall at 2407 Ave C North, in Saskatoon. It offers us opportunities to expand the club, free parking, help with advertising and even an in house restaurant and games room. As before, the club will continue to be non-profit volunteer run.
We are now able to control our own class prices and as such are excited to offer many options for new and returning students. We are also excited to be able to have students join us from the Warman Club and YMCA Club more often.
We also have a system in place to help subsidize the membership costs if you or your family have financial need, please speak to Sensei Crystal via email to set up a time to meet.
As always has been all members of the club MUST register with our National organization the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (SWKKF). This registration is collected YEARLY by the club and is $75 per student and we have included it in our main registration package.
Simular to most other Karate styles, Wado Kai Karate includes:
1. Basic Techniques (waza), which include punching, kicking, blocking, open and closed hand strikes, and study of grappling and joint-twisting moves.
2. Kata (sequences of techniques done against imagined attackers).
3. Kumite (prearranged and free-style sparring) are equally emphasized training foundations.
Fundamental to Wado is taisabai, bodyshifting to avoid the full brunt of an attack, this technique was derived from Japanese swordmanship.
4. In the adult class students are introduced to Shindo (3 foot staff) and more advanced concepts of Self-defence and grappling, with partners.
There are many other facets to Wado Kai Karate that make it a unique and valuable interpretation of Karate-do. In Wado Kai Karate, as skill and knowledge are acquired through training and concentrated effort, the student is expected to develop inner strength and calmness of character, in addition to the virtues of self-control, respect for others, and humility. Our philosophy is best summarized by our "Creed for Children", which can be viewed by clicking on the left side of this page. This creed is recited at the beginning of each class.
There are six kyu belt (colored belt) ranks within our organization. Students progress through white, yellow, orange, green, blue and brown belts. The family class generally contains students from White Belt to Orange Belt. This class is structured around the more junior members with new techniques, advancement of existing techniques and fun activities planned for each class. Eash session is designed so that a student progresses from their current rank to the next rank or stripes throug the course of a session assuming they attend enough classes and abide by the other grading guidelines.
Students under the age of 13 are eligible to earn partial belts called stripes at the grading. Four stripes equals a full belt.
In the adult class the curriculum is expanded to include training in Shindo (3 food staff) and Combat (practical self-defense). These two disciplines are taught on Thursday nights and are integral to the training of the higher ranks achieving their next ranks. Shindo is graded seperately for Adult students, generally once a year.
We hold our club gradings (testing) for the students twice a year, generally in late January and late June. Approximately one month before the grading, the students will be pre-graded to determine if they have met the criteria for their next rank. The students are graded on three main areas:
#1 Attendence: students need to attend 70% of the classes in a session or since their last grading (if it has been more than 1 session) to gain enought knoweldge and show enough commitment to achieve their next rank.
#2 Ability : students must learn certain basic techniques and katas for each belt or stripe they earn. Their execution of the techniques must be on par with the level they are attempting to achieve.
#3 Attitude: this is the most important and also hardest grading criteria to judge. In summary we are looking for students to meet the creed's mandates of giving their best attitude, respecting other students and instructors and challenging themselves to improve. It is not about being the best on the floor physically but more about the effort a student gives throughout all the classes. This criteria is evaluated throughout the entire class, not just at the pre-grading and grading.
All Black Belts in the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation must be graded and achieve their rank through the formal grading process run by the Federation. Throughout the year there are generally 6 Black Belt gradings held in various locations across Canada. For more information on the SWKKF's Black Belt gradings and the procedures in place please go to their website at www.shintani.ca