Budokan Karate Academy is a martial arts organization is established in Muvattupuzha, Kerala, India in the year 1994. The organization may be referred to as B.K.A. B.K.A teaches the art of unarmed combat in which the hands and legs are systematically trained to defend and counter-attack any would be assailant (s). Besides Karate, B.K.A also teaches Kung-Fu, Kalaripayattu, Yoga and the use of oriental weapons to its members.
We are dedicated to teaching traditional Karate to the very highest standard. We are proud to be affiliated to Karate Budokan Assocition Malaysia. Everyone is welcome from the age of six. Karate can be practiced by children, women and men. We encourage beginners to the correct way and they will receive training relevant to their ability. Just come along to your first FREE session and start enjoying the benefits of improved health, strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, co-ordination, concentration and self-confidence... Budokan Karate Academy is a friendly club with good social activities.
Choosing the right martial art school for yourself or your child can be a difficult task. So we’d like to help make it a little easier by giving you a picture of what it’s like to be a member of Budokan Karate Academy.
We offer a variety of age specific and mixed age classes, including: little champions karate (4-7 yrs.), children’s karate (8-12 yrs.), teens and adult’s karate and family karate classes (all ages). In addition to breaking up classes by age, we have classes for beginners, intermediate levels and advanced levels. Plus, the option of early morning, day-time and evening classes.
B.K.A. mission is:
- To propagate the practice of B.K.A principle.
- To coordinate and regulate the practice of B.K.A. within the member dojos of the organization.
- To provide certificate of proficiency to successful members.
- To coordinate and regulate B.K.A. championships among its members.
- To develop and intensify friendship, goodwill, and cooperation among the affiliate countries.
We the members realizing that our conduct reflects on the good name of the "Budokan Karate Academy" organization, and realizing the responsibilities thereby placed upon us, pledge ourselves: -
- To fulfil our responsibilities to society, to our masters, officials and administrators of. B.K.A.
- To honor, dignify and support the art of karate-do by competing to the best of our ability and by being in top shape when giving an exhibition.
- To respect our opponents on equal terms in the spirit of friendly rivalry and good sportsmanship.
- To respect the decisions of the judges in the spirit of good sportsmanship without descending to selfish recriminations, realizing that those decisions have been made honestly and objectively.
- To continue striving for better skill in karate and to upkeep the high standards of B.K.A. grading test.
|SOME COMMONLY USED TERMS IN B.K.A. TRAINING|
|4||Kyoshi||Very Senior Master|
|6||Kenshi||Acting Senior Master|
|11||Heisoku Dachi||Attention Stance|
|12||Heiko Dachi||Parallel Stance|
|26||Ura-Mawashi-Geri||Reverse Roundhouse Kick|
|27||Ushiro-Ura-Mawashi-Geri||Back Spinning Kick|
|30||Gyaku Tsuki||Reverse Punch|
|32||Dojo||Karate training place|
Saho (etiquette) is integral to martial arts and fosters respect and humility towards all people. There are various aspects of etiquette applied to karate-do.
Procedures for entering and leaving the Dojo:
When entering the dojo:
- Bow at the entrance
- Bow towards the instructors
- Bow towards the black belts in general
If you are late:
- Assume the seiza (kneeling) position and bow at the entrance
- Bow towards the class and instructor in general
- Wait until the instructor invites you to join in
If you have to leave early:
- Notify the instructor before the class commences
- As the time arrives, bow to the instructor and wait for his acknowledgement
- Assume the Seiza position at the exit
- Bow towards the class and instructor in general
- Leave the dojo
Procedures at the start and finish of a lesson:
- When lining up student’s form rows facing the front (Shomen). The senior student is in the front row on the left hand side. The rest line up in descending ranks from left to right.
- The senior student (or some other designated person) gives the command “Seiza!” for students to kneel in the Zazen position (buttocks seated on the soles of the feet) with backs straight and hands resting lightly on the thighs.
- The command “Mokuso” (meditate) is given and students close their eyes. After a short time “Mokuso, yame!” (End meditation) is said and students open their eyes. (Note that this period of Mokuso is not mandatory at every session).
- The senior student then announces “Shomen ni rei!” (Bow to the front) and a kneeling bow is performed. This bow has no religious connotation; it is performed in deference to our karate history and traditions.
- The sensei (instructor) then turns and faces the class and the command “Sensei ni rei” (bow to the teacher) is given as a sign of respect and appreciation for the lesson given or about to be given. All bow together and shout the acknowledgment “Osu!”.
- “Otagai ni rei” (bow to each other) is the final command and again all bow and use the acknowledgement “osu.” This final command is a mutual salutation demonstrating respect for each other.
Other points of dojo etiquette that must be observed are:
- Foul language, chewing gum, long nails, jewelry and dirty uniforms are not permitted
- Bow to each other before engaging in any form of kumite
- When asked to sit, either kneel or sit cross-legged. Do not lie down or sit with your legs stretched out in front of you; this is offensive to Japanese social customs
- Do not stand in class with arms folded or on hips; this suggests a challenging attitude
- Instructors are to be addressed as sempai. The head instructor is to be addressed as sensei.