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Kyu 2 Brown Belt Achieved! Martial Arts | My Life 11 DEC 2011

Pleasingly, despite my reduced commitment to my Karate training regime, I was allowed to grade the Saturday before last, grading for Brown Kyu 2, in other words Brown two stripes (where I was currently Brown three stripes).

The grading took place on the Saturday morning at the quaint Mondeor Eco-School in Somerset West (just next to Monkey Town on the N2), the same location where I had previously graded for my Purple belt. As per usual time estimates were a fair bit off, but I was in truth pretty thankful for the extended delay before we got to my group, as it gave me a chance to run through my syllabus a few more times, just to make 100% sure that I knew what I was doing!

This was the first grading since my very first grading to Yellow that I was actually nervous of standing and performing my karate on my own in front of Sensei Birgitt and the panel of all the black belts, not feeling confident in terms of what would be required of me – and this was all based squarely on my now rather spotty training schedule that I’m going to have to live with for the next couple of years!

Oh well.

Anyway, by the time my group was finally called up, I was pretty warmed up and had a firm grasp of my syllabus, meaning that the nerves were now calm and it was just a matter of getting on with it. As per usual, I gave it my all, full power and nice and vocal, and despite making a few silly mistakes of which I’m not so happy with myself for making, the grading went pretty okay, meaning that I could proudly accept my new certificate at the end of the ceremony.

So now one more level of Brown to go, before that year long slog to Funakoshi Karate Black – which is after all, my ultimate goal now isn’t it? ;)

My Karate Training Dilemma Martial Arts | My Life 20 OCT 2011

I sit with a bit of a dilemma on my hands with regards to my karate training, and the decision is a big one – should I continue or should I stop?

It’s important to understand why this dilemma has arisen. First, you must understand that I still enjoy practicing my karate and certainly enjoy training, but simply put, the reality of family life has had a big impact on my extramural activities – and this is a cold hard fact.

Last week was a little special – due to circumstances with Chantelle’s work, I was actually able to attend both training sessions for a change, but believe me, this is a pretty rare thing to be able to do.

Chantelle and Andy share the duties as managers of Gordon’s Beach Lodge, and this of course means shift work, covering both morning, evening and weekend shifts. Previously this obviously wasn’t such a big thing because I would simply continue doing my own thing if Chantelle was on duty, but obviously with Jessie around, this has completely changed.

In terms of my training, I am guaranteed at least one late shift a week that falls either on the Monday or Wednesday, meaning that I can now only attend one karate training session a week – which is only a hour long and thus computes to a measly 4 hours of karate a month! (Not to mention all the events I find myself having to withdraw from!)

Needless to say this is not nearly enough in order for me to keep up with the rest of the group, and subsequently I am well behind in my syllabus necessary for the upcoming grading come early December.

And this simply isn’t fair on Sensei Birgitt or the rest of the class as far as I’m concerned.

So now I sit with the question as to whether or not I continue to limp along as I have for the last couple of months, or throw in the towel for now, until Jessica is old enough for me to cart along to the venue, and pick it up later again?

Sigh, I guess I can’t really complain about this though. One knows that there will be a lot of sacrifices which need to be made if you want to bring a child into this world and more importantly, raise them properly! Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Funakoshi Karate International Syllabus: Brown Belt 3rd Kyu to Brown Belt 2nd Kyu Martial Arts 13 OCT 2011

The following items make up the required syllabus in order to grade up from a brown belt 3rd kyu to a brown belt 2nd kyu level. The items are divided up into Saiten Kentai Waza (Grading Forms), Katas, Basic Kihon and Jiyu Kumite. Note that a set amount of classroom time is also required to have been completed in order to grade.

These requirements have been laid out by Dai Hanchi Edwin Ward (2011).

Grading Forms

  1. F7A Mae Tobi Geri
  2. Shi-ho Geri Waza – Mae geri / Yoko geri / Mawashi geri / Ushiro geri (4 Way Kicking)

Katas

  1. Naihanchi Kata 1 (Tekki Shodan)
  2. Kamae Kata 1
  3. Kamae Kata 2
  4. Kamae Kata 3

Basic Kihon

(From Kamae stepping 3x forwards and 3x backwards)

  1. Chudan oi zuki in zenkutsu dachi
  2. Sanbon zuki (jodan/chudan/chudan) in zenkutsu dachi
  3. Jodan age uke / chudan gyaku zuki in zenkutsu dachi
  4. Chudan soto uke / jodan uraken /chudan gyaku zuki in zenkutsu dachi
  5. Chudan uchi uke / kizami mae geri / kizami zuki / chudan gyaku zuki in zenkutsu dachi
  6. Jodan yoko geri keage / jodan uraken in zenkutsu dachi
  7. Chudan mae geri kekomi / jodan taisho in zenkutsu dachi
  8. Chudan mawashi geri in zenkutsu dachi
  9. Chudan ushiro geri in zenkutsu dachi
  10. Jodan mae tobi geri in zenkutsu dachi mate in kamae

Jiyu Kumite

(predetermined one point attack)

One point attack, the attacker only calls the area (jodan, chudan, gedan). They are free to choose any attack they wish from the list below, as long as they deliver it to the announced target area. The defender may use any uke block to deflect the attack.

Available attacks:

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Karate Tip: Adding Stripes to Your Belt Martial Arts 18 MAY 2011

Here’s a handy tip for adding the necessary two or three stripes to your belt whenever you reach a level that requires that sort of distinction from the plain color of the belt.

Instead of stitching on a cross band of ribbon or material, simply reach into your tool box, pull out a roll of white PVC insulation tape, wrap that around the belt and cut off the ends to make it neat.

It sticks really well, looks very neat, and is a doddle to remove when you finally grade next and get a new ranking with that color band.

And as an example, allow me to provide a photo of my very own brown belt three, recently achieved with the surprise grading ceremony held after the Funakoshi Karate International South Africa Gushku 2011 at Oak Valley Wine Estate on the 7th of May 2011.

Pretty, isn’t it?