Get My Black Belt: Wado Ryu Karate (Part 1)
What you'll learn
- How to pass a Black Belt Grading in Wado Ryu Karate
This course is the only course of its kind in the world. You will learn everything a Karate Orange Belt (6th Kyu) knows. This course contains the following:
Section 1: Basic Techniques
Section 2: Kata & Bunkai
Section 3: Blocks & Counters
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 – Beginner to Orange Belt Basics
The course includes all the Basic techniques you need to get your Orange Belt. Before we move onto that though, we will show you how to warm up so that you are performing at your peak.
We will show you exercises to loosen your neck, shoulders, arms and hips as well as tips to help you achieve the splits for those all important head kicks. Among dozens of techniques, we will show you punches, kicks, strikes, blocks, foot sweeps and how to combine these to the best effect.
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 and side 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 – Beginner to Orange 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 Nidan – Yellow Belt (7th Kyu)
Pinan Shodan – Orange Belt (6th Kyu)
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 – Beginner to Orange 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 Orange Belt course you will learn:
Gohon Kumite (5 step sparring). This is how to deal with an attacker coming at you with five similar attacks such as 5 head punches, 5 chest punches or 5 kicks.
Basic Ipon Kumite (1 step sparring). The next level is Ipon Kumite. Here you will learn intricate and effective defences against head punches, stomach punches, roundhouse kicks, front kicks and side kicks.
Get My Black Belt: Wado Ryu Karate (Part 2), Green Belt to Black Belt is also available on Udemy.
Who this course is for:
- 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.