The Saskatoon Wado Kai Karate club is run in partnership the Saskatoon YMCA. As such all instruction is done on a Volunteer Basis. You MUST be a YMCA Member to attend this club.
All Class Registration fees are set by the YMCA, please contact them (or click the button to go to their website) for current pricing.
The YMCA also has a system in place to help subsidize the membership costs if you meet their critieria.
In addition to the registration fees collected by the YMCA 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.
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.
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. This family class will 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. If the students wish to train a second night at the Saskatoon LYNX CLUB on Thursday nights, they are welcome to do this with NO EXTRA fees.
Students under the age of 13 are eligible to earn partial belts called stripes at the grading. Four stripes equals a full belt.
We hold 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