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Facts About the Dojo

Athens Yoshukai prides itself on the quality of its instruction and the quality of our students. Below are some facts about student success at Athens Yoshukai Karate:

•Students attended 860 class hours in 2015

•Students have attended 265 WYKKO events since the school began

•Athens Yoshukai has trained 88 students to yellow belt as of November 2016

•Athens Yoshukai has trained 13 students to black belt in 10 years of operation

•Athens Yoshukai students have participated in 228 events at 20 tournaments and brought home 81 gold, 68 silver, and 67 bronze medals

•90% of students who earn their blue belt continue training

•15% of students who earn their yellow belt go on to earn their black belt (Compare this with the industry standard of 1%)

•28% of students have earned rank in an additional style while studying at Athens Yoshukai

 

Weapons

Bo vs. Sai
Bo vs. Sai

Yoshukai Karate is a martial art which employs a variety of weapons at the higher belt ranks.  Students learn the nunchaku at 1st degree blue. The basics of the bo are taught to 1st degree green belts, and the sai are taught at 2nd degree green belt.  Tonfa are learned when the student is a Nidan.  The katana is taught to Sandan ranked blackbelts.

     Yoshukai places a strong emphasis on weapons training to supplement open-hand fighting techniques.  Our practitioners are accomplished weapons fighters as well as being accomplished open-hand fighters.  Students are expected to know the basics of the weapon, how to use it in a fight, and occasionally are called upon to incorporate them in sparring matches in addition to learning the formal kata for the weapons.

Katana (Japanese Swords) Being Cleaned
Katana (Japanese Swords) Being Cleaned

     In addition to the basic Yoshukai weapons, Athens Yoshukai occasionally offers instruction in a variety of other martial arts weapons for the benefit of the students.  Learning these weapons is not a requirement for rank advancement.

Promotion Requirements

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10th kyu to 8th kyu Yellow Belt
Ni-Ju Shichi No Kata (27 Movements)Karate Bishop Certificate
Kihon Kata Shodan
Basic Punches, Blocks, Kicks
Sparring
Ippon Kumite 1
Terminology
Combinations
Front kick, step forward, round kick, step forward
Round kick, skip sidekick
Step forward downblock in defensive straddle stance, reverse punch into front stance
Breaking – 1 hand and 1 foot

8th to 7th kyu Yellow Belt
Kihon Kata Nidan
Kihon Kata Sandan
Ippon Kumite 1 & 2
Terminology
Combinations
Front leg front kick, back leg front kick, step forward reverse punch
Round kick, step forward, skip sidekick, backfist
Slide forward jab, reverse punch
Breaking – 2 different foot techniques
Plus all requirements for previous rank

7th to 6th kyu Blue Belt
Kihon Kata Yondan
Zen Shin Kotai
Ippon Kumite 1-3
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations and Slow Motion Kicks
Slide forward backfist, reverse punch, round kick
Step forward downblock in defensive straddle stance, reverse punch into front stance, spin forward side kick
Outside crescent kick, front kick, step forward
Breaking – 1 foot and 1 hand and 1 flying side kick or jump front kick
Plus all requirements for previous rank

6th to 5th kyu Blue Belt
Shihohai
Kihon Kata (Nunchaku)
Ippon Kumite 1-4
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations and Slow Motion Kicks
Front foot round kick, skip side kick, reverse punch
Double round kick, step forward, skip hook kick
Slide forward jab, reverse punch, hook with forward hand, uppercut with back hand
Breaking – 2 board side kick, 1 hand technique, 1 jump front kick
Plus all requirements for previous rank

5th to 4th kyu Green Belt
Seisan
Kihon Kata Shodan (Nunchaku)
Ippon Kumite 1-5
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations and Slow Motion Kicks
Knee block, back fist, reverse punch, front kick, jump front kick
Slide forward spearhand strike, grab, knee strike, front kick, step forward
Slide forward jab, reverse punch, ridge hand, back spinning side kick
Breaking – 2 board side kick, 1 hand technique, 1 back spinning kick (crescent, side, hook, etc.)
Plus all requirements for previous rank

4th to 3rd kyu Green Belt
Kihon Kata Shodan (Bo)
5 Self Defense Techniques
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations
Front kick, spinning back hook kick, round kick (all same foot)
Front kick, flying side kick, reverse punch
Slide back, downblock in defensive straddle stance, backfist, reverse punch into front stance, ridge hand, forward spinning hook kick
Breaking – 2 board back spinning side kick, 2 board side kick, 1 hand technique
Plus all requirements for previous rank

3rd to 2nd kyu Brown Belt
Niseishi
Kihon Kata Nidan (Bo)
Zen Shin Kotai (Sai)
5 Self Defense Techniques
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations
Slide forward, back fist, step forward, knifehand strike, back spinning backfist
Round kick, tornado kick, backfist, reverse punch
Slide back, outside center block in defensive stradde stance, back fist, reverse punch, front spinning hook kick/round kick, step forward
Breaking – 2 board side kick, 1 back spinning hook kick, 1 hand technique, 1 flying side or jump front kick
Plus all requirements for previous rank

2nd to 1st kyu Brown Belt
Rohai Sho
Kihon Kata Sandan (Bo)
Shihohai (Sai)
5 Self Defense Techniques
Terminology + Written Test
Combinations
Round kick, spinning crescent kick, backfist, reverse punch
Grab, step forward, elbow strike, step forward into scissor stance, rolling back fist
Front kick, back kick, forward spinning side kick (all with same leg without putting foot down)
Breaking – 2 board side kick, 1 back spinning kick, 1 flying side or jump front kick, 1 hand technique
Plus all requirements for previous rank

1st kyu to Shodan
Rohai Sho (Sai)
Yoshu (Nunchaku)
5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
Terminology + Written Test
5 Combinations with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
Breaking – 2 different hand techniques, 2 board stationary kick, 1 spinning back hook kick, 1 jump front kick
Plus all requirements for previous rank

Shodan to Nidan
Rohai Dai
Tenshin
Mugen
Bassai
Chinto
Rohai Dai (Sai)
Mugen (Sai)
Bassai (Sai)
Shounnokon (Bo)
5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
Terminology + Written Test
5 Combinations with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
Breaking – 2 different stationary kicks, 2 different spinning kicks, 1 jump kick, 1 hand technique
Plus all requirements for previous rank

Nidan to Sandan
Sochin
Yosei No Kata (Sai)
Yoshu Dai (Nunchaku)
Tensho (Tonfa)
Bo tai Sai 1-5
5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
Terminology + Written Test
5 Combinations with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
Breaking – 5 techniques
Plus all requirements for previous rank

Sandan to Yondan
San Shi Ryu
Bo tai Bo
Bo tai Sai 6
Iai 1-8
5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
Terminology + Written Test
5 Combinations with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
Breaking – 5 techniques
Plus all requirements for previous rank

Yondan to Godan
Ru San
Kusanku
Un Ryu Sai
5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
Terminology + Written Test
5 Combinations with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
Breaking – 5 techniques
Plus all requirements for previous rank

 

 

 

Directions

The Athens Yoshukai Dojo is located at 291 Brickleberry Ridge, on Athens’ east side.

KarateDojoFront

To enter the Dojo,  go to the rear door of the house, on the bottom level

DIRECTIONS (click here for Google Maps directions):

Long but reliable (from downtown Athens):

Go east on Lexington (towards the east side Walmart)
Turn RIGHT onto Whit Davis (immediately perpendicular to the Walmart)
Continue on down Whit Davis. Go straight through the only Stop sign.
Continue down Whit Davis.  Go straight through the only stoplight.
You will see a complex Waverly Woods on your left.

The next complex is Woods of Habersham.
Turn LEFT onto Brickleberry Ridge (the complex after Waverly Woods). 
This is 0.8 miles after the stoplight.
Go down Brickleberry Ridge- the house is on the left
If you reach the end of Whit Davis, you have gone too far- turn around and go in the second complex from the end of Whit Davis.


Quick but tricky (from campus):

Go east on College Station, towards the east side Kroger
At the end of College Station, turn left onto Barnett Shoals
At the fourth stop light, turn right onto Cedar Shoals.
Go to the end of Cedar Shoals.  Turn right onto Whit Davis.
Continue down Whit Davis.  Go straight through the only stoplight.
You will see a complex Waverly Woods on your left.
The next complex is Woods of Habersham.
Turn LEFT onto Brickleberry Ridge (the complex after Waverly Woods). 
This is 0.8 miles after the stoplight.
Go down Brickleberry Ridge- the house is on the left
If you reach the end of Whit Davis, you have gone too far- turn around
and go in the second complex from the end of Whit Davis.
dojo entrance

General Info

Athens Yoshukai was founded to teach martial arts in May 2006. Athens Yoshukai is an official dojo of the World Yoshukai Karate Kobudo Organization as directed by Master Yamamoto.KarateSerrianGeneralInfo

Some FACTS about the dojo.

Mission Statement:

We guide people along their path of self-improvement through martial arts.

Values:

  • We value excellence in knowledge (terminology, history, tradition) and execution of technique.
  • We value quality instruction, learning through teaching, and constant improvement in our pedagogical skills.
  • We value dedication to the dojo and participation in the community of the dojo and World Yoshukai Karate
  • We believe martial arts is a way of life and shouldn’t be a significant financial burden to those who wish to learn.

Vision:

  • Athens Yoshukai aspires to train the next generation of WYKKO instructors.
  • Athens Yoshukai aspires to provide a substantial support structure to the WYKKO in the form of support for events, instruction at events, physical aid during events, communication within the organization, and any other steps deemed appropriate by the Directors of the organization.
  • Athens Yoshukai aspires to coordinate, in partnership, the local Athens martial arts community to create a more positive, supportive, and welcoming community.


Dojo Rules:

  • Bow when entering and leaving the dojo
  • Bow towards the door whenever a brown or black belt enters the dojo
  • Please remove all jewelry before practice.
  • Fold your hands behind your back or let them hang by your side instead of crossing them or putting them on your hips.
  • Respect all black belts and colored belts by addressing them by their last name.
  • Address black belts as “Sensei” and their last name.
  • Please dispose of any gum before class.
  • Please use proper language in the school.