Posted On:7/12/2007 12:38pm
Style: okinawan goju ryu karate
After talking to a lot of people and generally lurking around the interweb since taking up okinawan goju ryu 18 months ago i am coming to the conclusion quality instruction is sparse. I am throwing this open to the floor to hear more learned opinions from the members here:
1.) instruction seems expensive ( i pay £90 or $180 per Quarter)
2.) for this i can train 4 times a week (twice with a 6th dan and twice with a 5th dan)
3.) sparring is on the decrease ( we use randori, semi contact and iri kumi, full contact)
4.) Bunkai are being watered down and perverted into dance
5.) grappling and atemi waza is taught less in favour of harder contact to non-vital areas or WKF point sparring
6.) people just don't understand kata
for those interested in my lineage: 3rd kyu brown belt, with Goju Ryu Karate Do International (GKI)
Posted On:7/12/2007 3:37pm
18 months ago?
I once heard from a Karate Instructor "No one know more about Karate then a green belt? If you doubt that just ask him."
Posted On:7/12/2007 3:43pm
Style: Alliance BJJ (Blue)
dandangojuman, I am afraid I am not really getting your point. What are you trying to say?
Posted On:7/12/2007 3:44pm
Style: BJJ, MT, Yoga
Wait, you are a brown belt after 18months?
I am a Ninja bitches!! Deal with it
Posted On:7/12/2007 3:58pm
Style: Improv comedy
I am supposed to go for my brown grading and it's taken me 5 years
Posted On:7/12/2007 4:26pm
Took me 5 years to get a brown belt and I been a brown belt for a year now.
Posted On:7/12/2007 5:49pm
Style: Bits and pieces
Yeah 4 1/2 years to get 3rd kyu in shorin ryu. I agreea lot of karate has lost it's way, but what do you think was the main reason for that happening, and what can be done about it?
Posted On:7/12/2007 6:00pm
Style: Shotokan Karate
Are you saying you're unhappy with your training? So train somewhere else.
Are you generalising from your experience with one club in saying "most modern practitioners do not understand karate"? I'm not saying I disagree with your statement and I'm not sure I care whether I "understand karate" or not, but if you're concluding that from your experience with one club, it's a bit of a stretch!
Posted On:7/13/2007 9:53am
No am i referring to a lot of practitioners from other styles i knew previously or have met since starting.
I'm not denying i've done well to make 3rd kyu in 18 months, but then i've put at least 3 hours at the dojo a week plus several hours outside. I am also fortunate in being able to train with the most senior grades in the organisation regularly.
Posted On:7/13/2007 10:16am
3 hours a week of class time is not a lot, in fact, I would argue that is very little.
Where specifically do you train?
Care to share a bit of how a given class is structured?
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