FOOTHILLS KARATE & KOBUDO CLUB LTD.

PHONE 403-397-2931


Dojo address: #215 153 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2X 2K2
Email: info@fkkc.org
Email: fkkcorg@gmail.com
SMS: 403-397-2931

Real karate NOT 'martial arts'. We teach karate, we don't sell it.


NOT ALL KARATE STUDIOS ARE CREATED EQUAL

NOW REGISTERING FOR WIINTER 2024

Last Updated: February 13 2024 22:11:45

REAL KARATE. NO BABYSITTING.

  • SAME INSTRUCTOR EACH CLASS!
  • ONLY ADULT INSTRUCTORS AND ASSISTANTS!
  • BULLY-PROOF YOUR KIDS. We only teach effective self defense.
  • REAL SELF DEFENSE. Not competition-based.
  • BASIC WEAPONS INSTRUCTION.
  • STRENGTHEN YOUR KIDS. Balance of PhysEd and technique.
  • FOCUSED CONCENTRATION. .
  • KIDS LEARN COMMITMENT.
  • LEADERSHIP SKILLS.
  • DISCIPLINED CLASSES.
  • INDIVIDUAL PROGRESSION.
  • NON-COMPETITIVE. Focused on real self defense.
  • CONSISTENCY. The same instructor every class.
  • EVERYONE PARTICIAPTES. No one sits on the bench.
  • OLD-FASHIONED PASS/FAIL TESTING.
  • NO FIGHTING. There is no fighting in our classes.
  • NO GAMES. No games are played in our classes.
  • OPTIONAL: Tournament coaching

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HATE THE GYM? SO DO WE!

  • KARATE IS THE ORIGINAL MIXED MARTIAL ART.
  • ALL PHYSICAL ABILITIES. Not just for atheletes.
  • NON-COMPETITIVE and focused on real self defense.
  • BODY-FRIENDLY and focused on physical development.
  • BUILD MUSCLE. Maintain and develop lean muscle.
  • LOW IMPACT. Easy on the knees.
  • RELIEVE STRESS..
  • IMPROVE MENTAL FOCUS AND MEMORY.
  • EXTENSIVE PARTNER WORK.
  • PEER INSTRUCTION.
  • DEVELOP FOCUSED CONCENTRATION. .
  • REAL WORLD SELF DEFENSE. .
  • FOCUSED PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT. .
  • OPTIONAL: Tournament coaching

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GET YOUR BLACK BELT WHILE THE KIDS IN SCHOOL!

  • AVERAGE AGE = 50.
  • RELAXED COMMUNAL TRAINING
  • FITNESS TRAINING.
  • ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION.
  • INDIVIDUAL PROGRESS.
  • BACK AND KNEE FRIENDLY. Reduces back pain.
  • NO FIGHTING. There is no fighting in our classes.
  • REAL WORLD SELF DEFENSE.
  • NO YELLING.
  • TRAINING FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS.
  • EMPTY HAND & WEAPONS.
  • STRENGTHEN YOUR BODY.

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ABOUT OUR KARATE DOJO

Last Updated: February 13 2024 05:59:20

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Formed in January of 2000, Foothills Karate & Kobudo Club Ltd. has been teaching authentic Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate-do and Ryukyu Kobudo with no contracts. We are a small karate school in the Okinawan tradition, small in space and small in number of students. What we lack in size, we make up in quality and the sincerity of our training. We teach karate, we don't sell it. We focus on discipline, fitness and self defense.



ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR

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SENSEI KEN LARKMAN - Chief Instructor

LARKMAN SENSEI has been practicing classical fighting arts since 1977. He was taken to his first class kicking and screaming but immediately fell in love. He has been training non-stop ever since.

LARKMAN SENSEI has trained with some of the world's leading instructors including: Teruki Okazaki; Yutaka Yaguchi; Shojiro Koyama; Patrick McCarthy; and, more.



ABOUT Shōrin-ryū Karate

Last Updated: December 23 2023 01:34:02

Shōrin-ryū (少林流) is one of the major modern Okinawan martial arts and is one of the oldest styles of karate (empty hand). It was named by Choshin Chibana in 1933, but the system itself is much older. The characters 少林, meaning "sparse" or "scanty" and "forest" respectively and pronounced "shōrin" in Japanese, are also used in the Chinese and Japanese words for "Shaolin". "Ryū" means "school". Shōrin-ryū combines elements of the traditional Okinawan fighting styles of Shuri-te. Shōrin-ryū a complete system of self defense. Shōrin-ryū includes: punching; kicking, striking; deflecting; ground fighting; joint locking; sweeps; throws; take-downs; and, 13+ weapons. More information available at Wikipedia.com. Shōrin-ryū Karate is suitable to be practiced by all ages and body types, from grade 1 students to adults in their 80s and 90s.



OKINAWAN KARATE VS. JAPANESE KARATE

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The video below very effectively explains the differences between the original karate, Okinawan Karate, and modern karate, Japanese Karate.

VID


2024 CLASS SCHEDULE

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  • K-12 KARATE KIDS
  • This class is the best option for younger students or those that need a bit of a faster pace.
    • Tuesday & Thursday - 6:00PM-7:00PM
    • Saturday (extra class) - 9:15AM-10:15AM
    • 9 spaces available
  • 8-12 KARATE KIDS
  • This class is best for those with good learning discipline, work well with older kids and like challenges.
    • Monday & Wednesday - 6:00PM-7:00PM
    • Saturday (extra class) - 9:15AM-10:15AM
    • 4 spaces available
  • 13+ YOUTHS / ADULTS - BEGINNERS
    • Monday & Wednesday - 7:15PM-8:45PM
    • Saturday (extra class) - 10:30AM-NOON
    • 9 spaces available
  • 13+ YOUTHS / ADULTS - ADVANCED
    • Tuesday & Thursday - 7:15PM-8:45PM
    • Saturday (extra class) - 10:30AM-NOON
    • No registration available
  • 18+ DAYTIME ADULTS
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 10:30AM-NOON
    • Saturday (extra class) - 10:30AM-NOON
    • 10 spaces available



2024 PRICE LIST

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  • MONTHLY TUITION (all new students) - CAD$100.00
  • FAMILY DISCOUNT (per family member) - 10%
  • BELT TEST (all ranks) - CAD$40
  • TOURNAMENT COACHING FEE - CAD$40 per month
  • STUDENT WEIGHT UNIFORM - CAD$65.00 each
  • MIDDLE WEIGHT UNIFORM - CAD$85.00 each
  • HEAVYWEIGHT UNIFORM - varies
  • COMPETITION KUMITE UNIFORM - varies
  • STAFF - ?
  • NUCHAKU (rubber training) - CAD$30.00 each
  • TONFA - CAD$100.00 each
  • SAI - CAD$100.00 each
  • SAN SETSU KON - CAD$150.00 each
  • All products and services above subject to GST.


TOURNAMENT TEAM

Last Updated: February 13 2024 20:43:12

Our karate school has begun an Olympic-style tournament training team to develop Karate athletes. The team is divided into two squads:

  • Kata squad
  • Kumite squad

Athlete development is based on the World Karate Federation (WKF) rules and princples.

Tournament training is kept separate from karate classes because the two are very different. Karate does not require athleticism and rules do not apply in self defense.

Participation in tournament training is voluntary.



Shōrin-ryū (少林流) RANKS & BELT COLOURS

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RANK / COLOUR TIME IN RANK *
9KYU / WHITE 0
8KYU / YELLOW 27 classes
7KYU / ORANGE 36 classes
6KYU / GREEN 36 classes
5KYU / BLUE/PURPLE 36 classes
4KYU / BLUE/PURPLE 36 classes
3KYU / BROWN 56 classes
2KYU / BROWN WITH WHITE STRIPE 56 classes
1KYU / BLACK W/HORIZONTAL WHITE STRIPE TBD
1DAN / BLACK 2YEARS
2DAN / BLACK 3YEARS
3DAN / BLACK 4YEARS
4DAN / BLACK 5 YEARS
5DAN / BLACK 6YEARS
6DAN / BLACK 7YEARS
7DAN / RED + WHITE 8YEARS
8DAN / RED TBD
9DAN / RED TBD
10DAN / RED TBD
* Time in rank refers to how long you have to spend training before you can test for the next rank.

Shōrin-ryū (少林流) KATA (FORMAL EXERCISES)

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EMPTY HAND WEAPONS

Itosu's Recommended Kata
PINAN SHODAN
PINAN NIDAN
PINAN SANDAN
PINAN YONDAN
PINAN GODAN
NAIHANCHI SHODAN
NAIHANCHI NIDAN
NAIHANCHI SANDAN
MATSUMURA NO PASSAI
ITOSU NO PASSAI
JION
KUSANKU
KUSANKU SHO
SHINTO
USEISHI


Additional kata
FUKYUGATA ICHI
FUKYUGATA NI
WANSU
SHINTE
JUTTE
CHATAN YARA KUSANKU


Staff kata
SHUSHI NO KON DAI
SHUSHI NO KON SHO
SAKUGAWA NO KON
TOKUMINE NO KON

Nunchaku kata
MATAYOSHI NO NUNCHAKU

Tonfa kata
HAMAHIGA NO TONFA

Sai kata
TAWADA NO SAI
CHATAN YARA NO SAI

Kuwa kata
MATAYOSHI NO KUWA

Sansetsukon kata
MATAYOSHI NO SANSETSUKON

KARATE SCHOOL RULES

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  1. SHŌRIN-RYŪ KARATE begins and ends with courtesy and respect (rei).
  2. We practice courtesy and respect using a simple bow.
  3. Demonstrate respect for the training space and the instructor's time in the following ways:
    • Be on time for classes, as much as possible.
    • Refer to the teacher as "sensei" ('teacher', or, one who has gone before).
    • Refrain from engaging other students in idle talking and make the best use of time.
    • When late for class, kneel at the door-way always wait for permission to join the class.
    • Never leave the class for a break*, water, or early dismissal, without permission from the instructor. (*Unless it is an actual emergency.)
    • Students should bow to each other before and after each practice.
    • Never lean on the walls or lay spread on the floor. Students must either stand, sit, or kneel.
    • When fixing your uniform or re-tying your belt, face the back of the training floor.
  4. Demonstrate respect for yourself and others by:
    • Treat everyone as an equal while respecting the seniority system.
    • Encourage fellow students to practice acceptance, confidence and self-respect.
    • Everyone is a student. Everyone is a teacher.
    • Avoid personal comments and avoid sensitive subjects.
    • Speak confidently and with appropriate volume.
    • Report any unresolved conflicts to a senior student.
    • Respect any requests regarding pronouns, preferred names, etc..
  5. Respect the seniority system:
    • Understand that the dojo is operated first for the black belts and senior students.
    • No student should go directly to the sensei with questions without asking lower or senior students.
    • If a problem can be solved by a student in this way, the answer will become permanent knowledge.
    • The sensei are consulted only as a final resort.
  6. Respect the rank system:
    • Do not test until you are prepared.
    • Take note of important benchmarks for your up-coming ranks.
    • Keep track of your attendance.
  7. Wear your uniform correctly:
    • Keep your karategi clean (no stains). Launder it weekly, at the least.
    • Hem your jacket sleeves above your wrist so the instructor can see your hands.
    • Hem your pant legs above your ankles so the instructor can see your feet.
    • Sew on club patches and Canadian flags. Get them from the instructor.
  8. For the safety of yourself and others:
    • Keep your fingernails and toenails are to be kept trimmed neatly.
    • Do not wear jewelry or other ornaments (watches, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.).
  9. When entering the training area (dojo):
    • Bow to the centre front of the training floor.
    • Say "onegai-shimasu" (please provide to me) respectfully and clearly.
  10. When leaving an Okinawan-based dojo:
    • Say "domo arigatou gozaimasu" (thank you very much) as a sign of appreciation.
    • Bow to the centre front of the training floor.
  11. Before and after class:
    • Do not run around or play games.
    • When you speak, moderate your volume so as not to interfere with others.
    • The time before class and before/after class is your time to practice.
  12. At the start of class:
    • The instructor or senior-most student will call the class to line up (usually "shugo").
    • Line up quickly in an organized manner.
    • They will announce "Otaga-ni rei" (Bow together) so students can bow accordingly.
    • Then, the instructor or senior student will begin the training.
  13. During the class and instruction:
    • Always be courteous and polite to your teachers, seniors and especially to your elders.
    • Students must work with a serious attitude and complete concentration.
    • WHen you need to speak to other students, do so in a moderated manner that does not interrupt the class.
    • Do not consume alcoholic, or intoxicating substances before class.
    • If observing training, sit cross-legged or in seiza (kneeling stance). Do not stretch your legs or arms out.
    • If the teacher is not present or busy with another matter, the senior-most student should start the class.
    • Listen carefully and seriously to the advice and instructions given to you. This is how one progresses.
    • Do not use the training equipment unless authorized by the instructor.
    • Sparring is not allowed without permission from the instructor.
    • There will be no food or drink, or gum chewing allowed in the dojo training area.
    • There will also be no loud talking or laughing while class is in session..
  14. Prior to the end of training, all students should do closing exercises together.
  15. At the end of training:
    • The instructor senior-most student will call the class to face the shomen (usually "shugo").
    • He/She will announce "Otaga-ni rei." (Bow together) so students can bow accordingly.
    • Then, all students will bow to the senior student(s).
    • The senior student(s) will dismiss the class.
  16. Do not forget to thank those who have helped you or those who have given some advice on karate.
  17. If injured, it is recommended that you still come to the dojo to at least observe training. One can still learn from observing.
  18. Each student must report to the sensei when they temporarily discontinue their training.

These rules are instituted for your safety and protection. Intentional violation of any of these rules can result in an immediate expulsion from the dojo.1

REFERENCE VIDEOS

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Pinan Shodan / Pinan Nidan VID
Pinan Nidan / Pinan Shodan VID
Pinan Sandan VID
Pinan Yondan VID
Pinan Godan VID
Naihanchi Shodan VID
Naihanchi Nidan VID
Naihanchi Sandan VID
Matsumura no passai VID
Itosu no passai VID
Kusanku sho VID
Shinto / Gankku VID
Kusanku sho VID
Kusanku dai VID
Tesho kata VID
Maezato no nunchaku VID
Jion Version 1 VID
Jion Version 2 VID
Fukyugata ichi VID
Gojushiho VID
Hohan Soken - Matsumura Ueseishi / Useshi (Gojushiho) VID
Tokumine nu Kun VID
Matsumura no Passai VID
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