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Welcome to Siobhan Hidaka's dojo for Shinbu Ryu karate. You can sit in on a class whenever you want, or you can start your formal training and go for your black belt! Although its roots are in traditional karate, you'll notice that Hidaka Sensei has borrowed ideas from many martial arts: from boxing to Tae Kwon Do. Hidaka Sensei also uses an advanced training dummy as part of her classes. Unlike any other training dummy, this one can hit back! If you'd like to learn more, just talk to Hidaka Sensei.
Martial Arts Rules and Safety Tips Edit
1. Never use any of your martial arts skills outside of a supervised classroom environment, not even just for fun or to practice with other students on your own time. Most importantly, you must never use martial arts as a way of solving arguments. The skills that you learn in the dojo should only be used in the dojo, under the supervision of your sensei.
2. Dealing with conflict is a very important topic. If you need advice about solving disagreements or protecting yourself from harm, always ask an adult whom you trust for guidance.
3. Be respectful of your sensei and show good sportsmanship toward your classmates. Martial arts are not just about developing physical ability but developing your character as well. 4. Always wear the proper protective gear when practicing Shinbu Ryu. You should protect your head, hands, body, and feet at all times.
5. Always be sure to stretch your muscles thoroughly before starting a Shinbu Ryu class. This will prevent injury and strain to your muscles, as well as giving you time to focus your mind. Also, stretching after class will help to prevent soreness.
6. Remember to have fun! Although you may spar with other students, the only person you're competing against is yourself.
7. Good form is important! Sloppy kicks and punches can be physically harmful. Also, never lock your joints when throwing a punch or kick. If you think you may be injured, stop any physical activity immediately and tell your sensei.
8. Be sure to drink plenty of water when practicing Shinbu Ryu. It's very important to stay hydrated while doing any demanding physical activity.
9. If you're not sure of a technique or a move, do not attempt it. Instead, ask your sensei to demonstrate it for you again.
10. Take the training at your own pace. Don't worry if others are ahead of you. Mastery comes from skill that is developed within, not from racing against others.
Extra Info Edit
If you'd like to earn your white belt, you must first have the proper clothing. A gi is the traditional clothing worn when performing martial arts. If you don't already have one, head over to Tricks, Toys & Games and pick one up.