Training informationTimetables, grading and training techniques
The Academy is a family-oriented club with parents sometimes taking up karate after watching their children benefit through training; in other cases parents who have trained at the Academy for years introduce their children to karate, based on their knowledge of its life-skills benefits.
Students partake in bag and sparring training, however we are a non-contact academy; this means there is no contact to the face or body. We also wear protective equipment such as padded gloves and a mouth guard to ensure that students are training in a safe environment.
With a variety of training sessions available for all ages throughout the week, there is something suitable for even the busiest schedule!
The AAMA syllabus
The Academy has an integrated syllabus covering the philosophy, technical and tactical aspects of karate. These find application in:
- developing a gentle spirit based on respect for parents, family and friends;
- maintaining focus and a courteous attitude under all all conditions, irrespective of stress levels;
- developing and maintaining physical health and a positive attitude; and
- dealing effectively with physical confrontations.
The Academy has a strong history in sports karate at State, National and International level. Not all members choose to compete, however controlled sparring in the dojo builds confidence and the technical ability to handle sports competition or confrontations on the street.
The base for sparring competence comes from a combination of technical skills “kihon” expressed through kata, combined with mental attitude and focus. The Academy has, over a period of 45 years, developed unique methods to integrate tactics, mental attitude and focus. A positive mental attitude and focus is a benefit to students of all ages who train at the Academy.
Poorly designed module programs are often vulnerable to problems associated with continuity of learning and lack of connection between modules. Modular training programmes must be carefully designed and constantly monitored for effectiveness.
The change from a “continuous” program to themed modules stemmed from the recognition that in the 21st century things could be done better. The module system, when appropriately designed and monitored, allows for the quick absorption of key messages and associated skills, and also sets comprehensible goals for students.
The standard AAMA module covers a period of 10 weeks. New work commences weeks 1 through to week 7, week 8 is a review week, week 9 testing week, week 10 revision and practice for graduation in that module.
As with all good teaching systems, the programs are constantly being assessed and developed.