Get My Black Belt: Wado Ryu Karate (Part 2)
What you'll learn
- How to pass a Black Belt Grading in Wado Ryu Karate
- Recommended to have completed Get My Black Belt: Wado Ryu Karate (Part 1)
This Black Belt Course is the only course of its kind in the world. You will learn everything a Karate Black Belt knows. It contains the following:
Section 1: Black Belt Basics
Section 2: Black Belt Kata & Bunkai
Section 3: Black Belt Blocks & Counters
Section 4: Black Belt Kumite
This course is shot from multiple angles, including slow motion, close ups and freeze frames with annotations, to provide you with an immersive experience. Common mistakes are also highlighted, allowing you to self-correct.
Section 1 – Black Belt Basics
This Black Belt course includes all the Basic techniques you need to get your Black Belt.
We will show you how to increase the speed and power of your punches so that they won’t be seen by your opponent until they are getting up off the floor!
Kicks include the front kick, roundhouse kick, side kick, hook kick and spinning hook kick.
Basics are the building blocks of Karate. Once these have been mastered, they can be used for Kata and then modified for Kumite.
Section 2 – Black Belt Kata & Bunkai
Kata means “Rules”. Everything in Karate is contained in these Katas. For students new to martial arts a Kata looks like a dance formed from a set of the Basics you have already learnt. However, each Kata is really a fight with imaginary attackers. These Katas vary from 16 moves to over 70 depending on your grade and you need to master a Kata for each Karate Grade. They are as follows:
Pinan Sandan – Green Belt (5th Kyu)
Pinan Yondan – Purple Belt (4th Kyu)
Pinan Godan – Brown Belt (3rd Kyu)
Chinto – Brown Belt (2nd Kyu)
Kushanku – Brown Belt (1st Kyu)
Perfecting all the above – Black Belt
Passai – 2nd Dan
It isn’t just a matter of learning the moves though. A grading panel will be looking at your vision (where you are looking) your combinations (as the Katas are performed at different speeds), your preparation to each move (as each move needs to be complete to show a full understanding) and your stances. We will take you, move by move, through how to perform each Kata to a World Championship level.
Bunkai is taking Kata to the next level. A Kata cannot truly be mastered until you understand the Bunkai. It is performing the Kata but with the imaginary attackers actually being there and attacking you. This will give you new insight into the importance of every subtle move of the Katas. It takes the Kata from looking like a dance to looking like a fight. All students and all instructors need to understand this to become true experts at Karate and it is an aspect of Karate that is rarely taught.
Although you will not be tested on Bunkai in a grading, if you understand them fully, your Katas will be World Class. Bunkai to the following Katas is included:
Section 3 – Black Belt Blocks & Counters
Between learning your Basics and learning to free spar in Kumite, the logical step is Blocks & Counters. These are set drills to teach you a number of ways to Block & Counter an attack. Other than increasing your defensive and offensive repertoire, Blocks & Counters get you used to attacks coming towards you so that you react effectively and don’t panic. On this Black Belt course you will learn:
Advanced Ipon Kumite. This defends against the same attacks as Basic Ipon Kumite but the defences are more advanced. Advanced Ipon Kumite is usually reserved for Brown Belts and above.
Ohyu Kumite. These advanced combinations need to be learnt by both attackers and defenders. They differ from other Blocks & Counters as it is normally the attacker who wins.
Section 4 – Black Belt Kumite
One of the cornerstones of Karate is Kumite or free sparring. With everything you have learnt from Basics, Kata and Blocks & Counters, Kumite will come to you naturally. There are two main styles of Kumite and in this Black Belt course we will cover them both – continuous sparring and competition-style point scoring sparring.
You will learn where to strike your opponent to cause maximum pain and how to avoid your opponent from hurting you. You will also learn how to confuse your opponent and make them fear you before you have even thrown a punch. Many fights are won before a punch is thrown. If this is not possible, we will teach you how to win a fight with only one punch!
Continuous sparring is arguably more realistic than competition sparring as the fight does not stop until one party surrenders or taps out. This should ideally be within just a few seconds. In this Black Belt course you will learn the top 20 rules that will ensure you success every time.
Competition sparring demands more control and crisper techniques in order for the judges to recognise the points. Here we will share the top competition techniques as used by World Champions.
Get My Black Belt: Wado Ryu Karate (Part 1), Beginner to Orange Belt is also available on Udemy.
Who this course is for:
- Intermediate to Advanced Karate Martial Artists
- People who want to learn Martial Arts
- People who want to learn self defence
Alex started his martial arts career by training in Shotokan Karate in 1988, achieving his brown belt 1991. From there he went on to be the President and Team Captain of his university Karate Club, the Aston Tiggers. He represented his university in the Student Nationals where his team had a number of successes. He was awarded the prestigious University Colours for Services to Karate and Achievement in Karate.
Alex met Sensei John Hurley in 1997 and switched to Wado Ryu to train under him. He found that Wado Ryu, while not as attractive to look at as Shotokan, was far more effective. Furthermore, Wado Ryu did not produce any bad Black Belts.
He then attended numerous courses and lessons by Sensei Peter Spanton (9th dan) to refine his techniques and prepare himself for his Black Belt gradings. He started teaching as soon as he was awarded his Wado Ryu Black Belt in 2003. This was followed by his Nidan (2nd Dan) in 2005 and his Sandan (3rd Dan) at the infamous Ogwen Bank Course in 2012.
As part of his continuous development, Alex regularly attends Equity in Coaching, Child Protection and First Aid courses.