You probably knew that karate teaches self-protection skills and is a fun, dynamic sport, but did you know that karate also builds:
Good citizenship by encouraging responsible social behavior
Good communication skills through both verbal and non-verbal techniques
Self esteem through goal setting and achieving
Discipline through a structured, regimented class environment
Character by facing and meeting challenges
Total fitness through aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises
Concentration through demanding cognitive as well as physical requirements
Learning skills through a combination of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic instruction
Respect through strictly adhered to protocol and etiquette
Beauty through a highly aesthetic, performance-based art form
Supreme Way Challenge Open Karate Tournament SeriesThe Kosho Kai Karate Dojo hosts two tournaments per year. The first is apre-registration tournament held in Pekin in the fall. The purpose of this event is to encourage all who train in karate to get out and compete. All participants who display good sportsmanship, have fun, try their best, and learn something are winners. In keeping with this philosophy, all participants in our pre-registration tournament get an award. Additionally, all competitors and spectators get lunch free and the cost is kept low (entry fee is only $40). This event has received spectacular support through the years and we have high hopes of it getting even better! Hanshi Koeppel has recently granted approval for this event to be USKK sanctioned.
The second event is a USKK and PKC sanctioned tournament for all competitors typically held each spring.
No tournaments are scheduled at this time. Check back later.
Kobudo (weapons) Meaning "old martial way", kobudo is the weapons tradition of Okinawa. Banned from owning weapons, the people of ancient Okinawa adapted farm implements for use as weapons for personal protection. The Kosho-kai kobudo program consists of traditional kata and training drills with the bo, jo, sai, tonfa, kama, nitanbo, and nunchaku. In addition, kobudo students train in chanbarra, free-sparring with foam padded weapons and protective equipment. Kobudo classes are available to karate students who have achieved a yellow belt or higher for an additional cost of $20.00 for eight-week session.
Karate Forward(Combatives) Karate Forward focuses on practical self-defense application of karate. It utilizes kata bunkai (analysis) to discover strategy and individual combat tactics. We focus on drills to learn and hone twelve critical self-defense skill sets and utilize self-defense based contact sparring with bogu (armor). Practitioners wear a protective head guard with a plexi-glass face shield and a padded chest protector. All parts of the body including the elbows and knees are used as weapons. In addition to striking, practitioners learn to clinch, throw, and take down their opponents as well as engage in ground grappling, choking, and joint locking techniques. We teach a combat strategy that employs all ranges of combat under realistic conditions. Karate Forward students undergo rigorous physical conditioning including medicine ball, jump rope, body weight, resistance band, focus mitt, air shield, heavy bag, and flexibility training. Classes are held on Friday evenings and are available to Kosho-kai students ages sixteen and older who have achieved a yellow belt or higher free of charge. Non members may train for a fee of $10.00 per class.
Women's Self Defense (Rape/Sexual Violence Prevention). We are proud to offer a practical self-defense course designed especially for women that focuses on effective techniques and strategies against sexual predators. First students are introduced to the four stages of sexual assault: identify an ususpecting target, subdue the target, exhaust the target, and execute the assault. Next, they learn effective verbal, psychological, and physical strategies for dealing with an assailant within each of these stages including awareness and avoidance techniques. Lessons are reinforced through discussion, reflex development drills, and rapid reviews. Unlike most women's self defense courses that teach a collection of unrelated techniques, our programteaches a cohesive framework based on solid research and feedback. It teaches skills that are easy to learn and to recall under stress. Additionally, any women can learn it regardless of age or athletic ability. The class meets once a week for eight weeks. The cost for this class is $80; additional family members are $40. For more information contact us.
Senior Karate is designed especially for men and women ages 60 and older. Okinawa, the birthplace of karate, is home to the longest-lived and healthiest population on earth. Their secrets include a laid-back island lifestyle, healthy diet, and karate! Steeped in tradition and rich in history and culture, Okinawan karate is a fun and interesting way to get into shape. This kata-based program focuses on the needs of older students and is an excellent way to improve mobility, flexibility, strength, and balance. Classes meet on Monday and Thursday mornings at 10:00. There is no charge for the class, but donations are welcome.
Demonstrations. The Kosho Kai Karate Dojo is available for martial arts and self-defense demonstrations. Presentations include brief overview of karate history, live demonstrations of kata (forms), kobudo (weapons forms), practical self-defense, and spectacular stunts and breaking feats. Demonstrations are typically 45 minutes long but can be tailored for time or content. Cost is $80.00. Book us for your organization's next event.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.