Karin Prinsloo 6th Dan JKA and Graz Prinsloo 3rd Dan JKA.
Stirling Karate – Japanese Karate Association – SKC.
The dojo is based at the Stirling Community Center – 2 Nerita Way in Karrinyup, Perth. The club offers karate for:
Stirling Karate offers karate classes for:
3 – 5 year old dinkys,
7 – 12 year old children,
Teenage and adult beginners
The senior classed and club is headed by Sensei Karin Prinsloo and the junior and beginner classes by Sensei Graz Prinsloo.
Karate literally means the way of the empty hand referring to the fact that its practitioners use no weapons to attack and defend but only the hands, feet and body.
Stirling karate has had national representation at JKA international events and Sensei Karin has had great success in teaching top karate students over the last twenty years. At Stirling Karate, she mentors and teaches senior karate-ka, to help them achieve their individual goals
Sensei Graz is a third dan instructor with over twelve years teaching experience. She represented South Africa in Karate as well as a field hockey goalkeeper and participated the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, for field hockey.
Stirling Karate follows the JKA Karate creed of aiming to build Character, for students and instructors to be Sincere, always give their best Effort, behave respectfully with Etiquette and aim to practice Self Control.
The dojo affiliates to JKA SKC with highly respected 7th dan Sensei Keith Geyer as head of the organization. His team of senior instructors pave the way for continued growth and development within the JKASKC Australasia. Annual seminars are something all students look forward to as well as the opportunity to train with top JKA instructors.
Karate Classes Karrinyup
3 -5 year old classes are offered in a less formal environment. The club foster a love for karate with a focus on gross motor skill development and the introduction of anti-bullying strategies and techniques.
6 – 12 year old classes are when children enter formal karate training and will be able to attend gradings/tournaments, in order to achieve their black belts and beyond. Students thrive within the JKA karate’s structured learning environment, enabling them to achieve their goas, not only in karate, but life in general. There is a rooted focus on teaching not only physical and mental strength, but developing good character that will benefit them in their daily lives.
13+ years and adult beginner classes are also offered, there is no age cap on anyone wishing to practice karate.
Why older children and adults start karate and continue?
Karate keeps you focused on your exercise goals by setting small achievable milestones (grading to the next belt level)
It keeps you accountable by training in a small group with your instructor (Sensei)
Karate improves strength, flexibility and fitness, at any level
Learning a traditional martial art, such as JKA Shotokan Karate, will stimulate your mind
O yes, you will definitely learn to defend yourself!
There are so many benefits that karate offers. It can be equated to the school of life.
There are certain individuals, adults and children, that everyone adores, respects and gravitate towards.
The kind of people you would do anything for. I see this in my dojo, what makes those individuals different?
Without delving deep into the world of upbringing, parenting and childhood events, I believe the following behaviour contributes a lot to being “those individuals”.
1) Having manners and being courteous.
Showing politeness towards others in your behaviour, consistently.
Using a person’s name or rank at the end of your reply “yes John”, thank you ma’am”, “yes Sensei” or “Thank you Senpai”.
Standing up when someone speaks to you. Offering to carry bags.
Opening the door for someone.
Offer your seat to a lady or someone older.
Say thank you and please.
Children getting up and greet guests arriving at your home or dojo.
Making an effort to great people you know, even if you need to walk a few meters.
The list goes on..
It takes discipline and hard work to consistently show courtesy, but it makes a world of difference and will open doors for you in your life.
2) The second behaviour is loyalty.
With this, I mean acknowledge and remember the people that contributed to your life path.
The people that helped you along the way.
The ones that played an important role at some stage of your life.
Show gratitude towards those individuals; do not just take it for granted. They never needed to help you or assist you in any way. They gave their time and expertise to you which is one of the biggest gifts anyone can give you.
It does not necessarily mean you should stay with the individuals that helped you. It simply means showing that you remember where you came from.
Examples of this would be:
Give them a call or going to visit every now and then.
Stay interested in their cause, support them, even if just a like on Facebook. Social media makes it easy to stay in touch.
If there is an opportunity, let them know you appreciate the role they played in your life
Many of us achieved because of people that gave selflessly; teachers, instructors, mentors, that helped us along our way, never forget them.
3. The third behaviour is giving back.
There are and have been people that contributed to your life. There comes a time when you need to pay this forward and do the same for others.
You need to do this unreservedly and without expecting anything in return. There will be grateful people and others that won’t be. Do it because someone once did it for you.
Give back not because of who they are but who you are..
Volunteer to assist in teaching others.
Help at events or causes that once served you.
I firmly believe a person displaying these behaviours, especially when they are young, will find himself surrounded by a world of opportunity and will experience a lot of inner happiness and joy.
Heian Godan is the 5th and last kata in the Heian series and has 23 counts. It is perhaps the most athletic of the Heian series and visually very exciting. This kata employs movements, techniques and concepts that challenge the skills of the karateka.
The contrast between fast and slow is stressed in Heian Godan and the karateka is put to the test by performing the movements, including a jump, with speed and balance.
The fourth level Heian has 27 counts and has many similarities to Heian Nidan. The kata’s primary stance is kokutsu-dachi (back stance), but students first learning this kata must also contend with the new kosa-dachi, a cross stance that is quite awkward for most karateka. H4 introduces the student to many new techniques such as kosa-uke, shuto-uchi, kakiwake-uke, mae-empi, and hiza-tsuchi. To perform Heian Yondan also has more kicks (5) than the other Heian kata. Slow moves must also be mastered in this kata. Much of Heian Yondan involves double-hand techniques, with morote-uke (double-hand block) occurring more than any other technique. Obviously, morote-uke was held in high regard during this kata’s creation. #jka#sajka#pinetownjka#kznjka#karinprinsloo#kata#bunkai#shotokan#stacyurger#greenbelt#karate
References: Stacy Unger
Bowing is probably the feature of Japanese etiquette that is best known outside Japan, especially present in Japanese Martial Arts such as Karate.
Bowing is considered extremely important in Japan, so much so that, although children normally begin learning how to bow from a very young age, companies commonly provide training to their employees in how to execute bows correctly.
Basic bows are performed with the back straight and the hands at the sides (boys and men) or clasped in the lap (girls and women), and with the eyes down. Bows originate at the waist. Generally, the longer and deeper the bow, the stronger the emotion and the respect expressed.