At Kanreikai Karate, we practice and teach karate according to Japanese tradition. We ensure respectful and safe behavior with all our students and help to perpetuate the Japanese tradition of our art throughout the organization.
The name of our organization is significant. It was chosen with care and reflects the values and principles of our leaders, instructors and students:
KAN – Go beyond your limits
REI – Develop your skills to the fullest
KAI – Group / together
In other words, we train together and support each other to develop our skills and always go beyond our limits!
Following the teachings of World Kanreikai Karate grand master Hanshi Manny Matias, we focus on each student’s development in terms of physical abilities, concentration and self-confidence. Our goal is to prepare each student to face challenges both in the dojo (school) and in their everyday life. We encourage individual development with the mutual support of other students.
Instructors and students use this word consistently. It encompasses the principles of our martial art and translates to a search for harmony and conviviality at the dojo.
Patience – Every promotion must be earned by hard work and determination. Karate is not a race, but a continual surpassing of oneself.
Respect – Students shows respect for him/her self by training seriously and regularly. They respect their instructor and the other students.
Appreciation – OSU reflects appreciation for instructors and other students. It’s a way of saying thank you. It evokes our membership in the dojo, solidarity and goodwill.
Our code of conduct ensures a respectful, safe and orderly environment. By observing this code, each student contributes to maintaining the core values of our martial art and optimizes his/her experience as a karateka (karate practitioner).
At Kanreikai Karate, we use Japanese terms to describe the techniques and to count. Common to all World Kanreikai Karate schools, these expressions create a sense of belonging and allow students from all schools in the organization to visit and train together.
Anza: Sitting, relaxed, with legs crossed and back straight
Dan: Level of qualification of a black belt
Dojo: Room where we practice the martial art (martial art school)
Hajime: To start
Hanshi: Grand Master
Ibuki: Expiration method (long exhalation followed by abrupt expiration)
Kamaete: Starting position
Karate: Empty hand; martial art of Japanese origin practiced with bare hands and feet
Karateka: Person who practices karate
Kata: Combat with an invisible opponent
Kiai: Scream to focus energy (energy explosion)
Kiai Irete: Movement with cry (Kiai)
Kihon Waza: Basic techniques
Kohai: Junior student according to rank (kyu)
Kyu: Rank (from white belt to black tip)
Naore: Return to the starting position
Nidan: Second Dan (second degree black belt karateka)
Sandan: Third Dan (third degree black belt karateka)
Seiza: Kneeling position, fist on hips, back straight
Senpai: Senior student according to rank
Sensei: Head teacher of the school
Shodan: First Dan (first degree black belt karateka)
Tatami: Training mat
Chi (Yon): 4