Saskatoon Wado Kai Karate
The Saskatoon Wado Kai Karate club is run in partnership the Saskatoon YMCA.  As such all instruction is done on a volunteer basis and if you are a YMCA member the registration for our classes is included in your membership.
If you are not a YMCA member you can still join our class but must pay a small registration fee, as these fees are set by the YMCA please contact them for current pricing.
The YMCA also has a system in place to help subsidize the membership costs if you meet their critieria.
In addition to the registration fees collected by the YMCA all members of the club must register with our National organization the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation.  This registration is collected yearly by the club and is $52.50 per student.
Simular to most other Karate styles, Wado Kai Karate includes:
1. Basic Techniques (waza), which include punching, kicking, blocking, open and closed hand strikes, and study of grappling and joint-twisting moves.
2. Kata (sequences of techniques done against imagined attackers).
3. Kumite (prearranged and free-style sparring) are equally emphasized training foundations.

4. In the adult class students are also introduced to Shindo (3 foot staff) and more advanced concepts of Self-defence and grappling, with partners.

Fundamental to Wado is taisabaki, bodyshifting to avoid the full brunt of an attack, this technique was derived from Japanese swordmanship.
There are many other facets to Wado Kai Karate that make it a unique and valuable interpretation of Karate-do.  In Wado Kai Karate, as skill and knowledge are acquired through training and concentrated effort, the student is expected to develop inner strength and calmness of character, in addition to the virtues of self-control, respect for others, and humility.
Our philosophy is best summarized by our "Creed for Children", which can be viewed by clicking on the left side of this page. This creed is recited at the beginning of each class.
There are six kyu belt (colored belt) ranks within our club.  Students progress through white, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown belts.  The gradings for these belts are held locally, sometimes with assistance from guest Sensei's from other SWKKF clubs.
Students under the age of 13 are eligible to earn partial belts called stripes at the grading.  Four stripes equals a full belt.
The family class generally contains students from White Belt to Orange Belt.  This class is structured around the more junior members with new techniques, advancement of existing techniques and fun activities planned for each class.  Each session is designed so that a student progresses from their current rank to the next rank or stripes through the course of a session assuming they attend enough classes and abide by the guidelines of the creed.
The adult class is also structured to take a student from their current rank to their next rank in a session for the White through Orange ranks.  Once a student is into the higher ranks it generally takes two or more sessions to gain the knowledge and skill necessary to attain their next rank. 
In the adult class the curriculum is expanded to include training in Shindo (3 foot staff) and Combat (practical Self-defense).  These two disciplines are taught at the alternating Thursday evening classes and are integral to the training of students of the higher ranks achieving their next ranks.  Shindo is graded separately for Adult students, generally once a year.
We hold gradings (testing) for the students twice a year, generally in late January and late June.  Approximately one month before the grading, the students will be pre-graded to determine if they have met the criteria for their next rank.  The students are graded on three main areas:
#1 Attendence: students need to attend 70% of the classes in a session or since their last grading (if it has been more than a session) to gain enough knowledge and show enough commitment to achieve their next rank.
#2 Ability : students must learn certain basic techniques and katas for each belt or stripe they earn.  Their execution of the techniques must be on par with the level they are attempting to achieve.
#3 Attitude: this is the most important and also hardest grading criteria to judge.  In summary we are looking for students to meet the creed's mandates of giving their best attitude, respecting other students and instructors and challenging themselves to improve.  It is not about being the best on the floor physically but more about the effort a student gives throughout all the classes.  This criteria is evaluated throughout the entire class, not just at the pre-grading and grading.
All Black Belts in the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation must be graded and achieve their rank through the formal grading process run by the Federation.  Throughout the year there are generally 6 Black Belt gradings held in various locations across Canada.  For more information on the SWKKF's Black Belt gradings and the procedures in place please go to their website at www.shintani.ca


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