Kindy Karate is an initiative of OKUKAN karate school.
OKUKAN maintains formal relationships with:
Australian Karate Federation (AKF). “The Australian Karate Federation Inc. is a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF) and this links them to 170 countries worldwide. Karate as such is one of the ten largest sports in the world.” This relationship provides our students access to Junior/Cadet and Senior World Championships. The president of AKF is a Shitoryu member.
Shitoryu Karatedo Australia, and the World Shitoryu Karate Federation (WSKF). Established in 1934 Shitoryu has become known to the world through activities organised by Japan Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Kai and All Japan Karate-Do Federation Shito-Kai. In 1993, World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation was established. Asian-Pacific (see www.apskf.com) and other regions are affiliated to this organisation (www.worldshitoryu.com).
KARATEKA’S CODE OF BEHAVIOUR: DOJO KUN
First and foremost: Seek perfection of character.
First and foremost: Be loyal.
First and foremost: Endeavour to excel.
First and foremost: Respect others.
First and foremost: Refrain from violent behaviour.
SHITORYU’S FIVE WAY SPIRIT
Determination. Never forget the spirit of first beginning.
Morality. Never neglect courtesy and etiquette.
Development. Never neglect effort.
Common sense. Never lose common sense.
Peace. Never disturb harmony.
Our school maintains formal affiliation relationships with: 1.- Australian Karate Federation (AKF) and with 2.- Shitoryu Karatedo Australia, and the World Shitoryu Karate Federation (WSKF).
AKF. “The Australian Karate Federation Inc. is a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF) and this links us to 170 countries worldwide. Karate as such is one of the ten largest sports in the world. This membership provides us access to both Junior/Cadet and Senior World Championships. Karate currently has full IOC recognition and we eagerly look forward to being placed on the Olympic program” (akf.com.au). The president of this organization in Australia is a member of our style in Melbourne.
WSKF. Since 1934 Shitoryu spread around the world through activities organized by Japan Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Kai and All Japan Karate-Do Federation Shito-Kai. In April 1997 its head Do-Jo was defined in Asaka, Saitama. WSKF organizes training for its members and seminars for instructors’ improvement. This organization has diffused Karate all over the world. In 1993, World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation was established and Japan Shito-Kai, Pan American region, Asian-Pacific region, Russian region, European region and other region (55 countries) became members of the organization (worldshitoryu.com).
ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP
The cost of becoming a member is $88. Membership covers administrative duties toward formalising national affiliation. Your membership ensures that the karate style you practice (Shitoryu) is maintained and delivered genuinely. Athletes’ development is progressively assessed during training. As with most modern martial arts our school has a grading system to symbolize stages of learning. To be a part of the formal grading system in our school you will need to become an OKUKAN member. This membership also ensures that your grading is acknowledged internationally. Membership also covers affiliation to Shitoryu Karated/Shitokai and contributes to ongoing local initiatives of our members.
OUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Instruction operates within the rules, spirit and integrity of Shitoryu Karatedo. We promote learning over competitive sport, but opportunities are open to students interested in this particular aspect of Karatedo.
At OKUKAN, we endeavour to assess each student’s performance objectively and individually, encouraging fair participation and helping each student reach their potential. Learning activities designed in our school will promote a social environment were members of our community are treated with courtesy and care regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion, including students, parents, guests, and staff members.
Students’ development is progressively assessed during training. As with most modern martial arts, our school has a grading system to symbolise stages of learning. Students are individually advised when they are ready for grading. There are a few interrelated aspects that are emphasized upon for understanding when an Okukan member is ready for grading. These include training rhythm, technical aspects, and spirit and behaviour.
Although it is unlikely that all students will learn technical aspects at the same pace, students are expected to attend an average number of training sessions to be able to make progress.