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Beginner Classes


Beginner Class - New Beginner Class Starts January 11, 2018

  • Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:00 - 7:00pm
  • Fees per term (4 months): Registered Saint Mary's Students or SMUfit member: $40 dojo dues. Dojo dues can be paid at the dojo the first class of the term. (Must be 16+ years of age to register)
  • Location: Homburg Centre Community Room
  • If you would like to come watch or participate in a free class please contact the SMU club for details.

Our new students will learn the basic fundamentals of karate, including punching, striking, kicking, and blocking techniques, stances, basice sparring and their first kata (prearranged series of techniques).

Members who meet the attendance and proficiency requirements will be eligible to take their belts tests when scheduled. Once a new member has completed the beginner course they will be able to join the advanced class the following term.

For our new beginners - Please note: When you come to classes wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in such as sweatpants and a t-shirt.

We also practice in bare feet and for safety reasons do not allow watches, wrist bands or jewelry of any sort to be worn during classes (this includes finger rings, ear rings, facial piercings of any sort etc.) 

Karate is a physical activity and both our beginner and advanced classes assume our members are in a reasonable state of health.

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Beginner Shotokan Karate Class


Our Karate Classes

At the Saint May's dojo we hold classes twice a week. On each of these evenings we hold one beginner class for our new students, and one advanced class for returning members.

Shotokan karate classes are varied and interesting and are generally comprised of three parts:

Basics (kihon)

Basics or kihon are where a student learns the basic strikes, punches, blocks, stances and kicks that make up karate practice.


Kata are pre-arranged combinations of movements against potential opponents that may be performed slowly in a relaxed state, or with speed and intensity allowing for a complete physical workout. Kata help develop balance, strength, speed and coordination. 

Kumite (Sparring)

Kumite (sparring) in karate ranges from beginner level pre-arranged combinations designed to teach the student control and accuracy, to free sparring where students are able to perform any number of combinations of attack and defense against their opponent. Sparring at all levels is non-contact where discipline and control are exercised at all times.

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Some beginner and advanced class members of the SMU Shotokan Karate club.

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Class Schedule & Location

Beginner Class

Starts January 11, 2018
Tuesday & Thursday
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Advanced Class

January 4, 2018
Tuesday & Thursday
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Homburg Centre for Health & Wellness
Saint Marys University

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