Our Karate classes are divided into 4 segments: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Black Belt. Each has its own basics, requirements, and outlines. Beginner class is for white, red, advanced red and yellow belts. Beginner class has elements of Canpo – a Chinese martial art with influences from Okinawa, Japan, Hawaii, USA and Canada. Canpo was originally called Chuan-fa, Kempo and Kenpo but was changed to Canpo (Canadian Kenpo) because its last 28 years of influence are here in Canada. Arnis is also taught in classes, as taught by Grandmaster Remy Presas and modified by Master Donovan for practicality and effectiveness. Modern Arnis is from the Philippines. Elements of Jui-Jitsu, Chin-Na, Systema (a Russian martial art), as well as Grappling and Ground Defense skills are also taught.
Classes emphasize basic skills, partner drills, concepts or mental skills, practical incremental contact fighting drills and free fighting along with multiple and weapons defense. Kata or karate routines are used to link self defense combinations and teach practical use of basics. Our program is progressive, which means that each level of class is designated to be more challenging than the previous level up to adult class and black belt class. Students progress through belt levels from white to black belt. Black belt candidates are tested on various levels of martial arts over two days and are prepared to test over a six month or 1 year period of time. All new black belts are promoted to probationary level which means that they are expected to train, learn and learn to teach under a senior Black Belt or master to achieve their recognized level of black belt, 1st degree black belt which they are re-tested to achieve. Black belt students who wish to continue to upper degrees must train for years for these achievements.