Lessons Registration

The lessons are free, but we would like you to register with our program, so that if there are any changes we can inform you by email.

(Insert registration button (username, password, forgot password, sign in, sign up) Registration to ask for: name, country, age, karate style, email address After sign in connected to lesson 1 page)

Japanese terms

We have purposely made extensive use of Japanese terms and names for the techniques. This site is meant for an international audience, if we all use the same Japanese terms we can all understand each other.

In karate, different styles sometimes use different Japanese names for the same technique, for example gedan uke is the same as harai uke or gedan barai; jodan uke is the same as age uke. In kobudo there is even less agreement on the names of the techniques. The names we have used in this curriculum were selected based on distinctiveness and usefulness.

Japanese words that occur frequently are:

  • Gedan for lower or downward, chudan for middle and jodan for upper or rising. Dachi is for stance, uke for block, tsuki for punch and uchi for strike.
  • Middle blocks can be called chudan uke, but also soto uke (from inside out) and uchi uke, the opposite way from outside in uchi uke.
  • We are using soto uke and yoko uke interchangeably , both terms describe the same move.
  • Please note uchi uke, a block, and chudan uchi, a strike, have the same pronunciation, but are written in different characters in Japanese.

How to study

There are six different lessons. The first lesson (from white belt to yellow belt) introduces the stances we use and the Bo. Each lesson gets progressively more difficult and/or introduces a new kind of weapon. Begin by learning the Basics for each weapon and learn them well. Basics are the building blocks of the kata. Basis sequences and the basic kata give you a change to practice the basics in combinations. Bo tai Bo or Bo against any of the other weapons, teaches the practical application and use of the weapon. Study them well and carefully, and practice them with the right leg forward and the left leg forward.

Study the kata by reviewing them several times and when you have a good idea of the movements involved you can put the screen away and follow the verbal instruction to practice until you are proficient.

Once you have mastered a lesson and are confident that you execute the moves correctly and will remember them, you can reward yourself by issuing yourself a certificate. The certificate simply stated that you have studied the appropriate lesson and mastered it. We do not issue certificates. Certification is based on a honour system and you are the one declaring your competence and signing it.

Go back often to review any of the lessons.

Basic Kata

A basic kata is a simple set pattern, where on uses one blocking technique and one attacking technique throughout the kata. The form we use is an I pattern.