Training references

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For students who are new to the OCIGK, this document contains everything a students needs to know to make the first few classes a bit more comfortable. It contains information regarding dues, uniforms, testing procedures, belt rankings, basic terminology, and class guidelines & rules.

This document contains a list of frequently asked questions. It covers items such as the total cost of the class, including sparring gear and equipment,  and class schedules and costs.

This is a handy reference which includes all of the Japanese terms and translations. It covers all of the Japanese terms we use in class including stances, numbers, kicks, punches, and blocks. 

At the start of each class, the instructor takes the students through a series of warmups. Depending on the age and levels of the class, warmups may vary slightly from class to class. However, this documents contains the most common warmup procedures.

The nature of Orange County Irvine Goshin Kai (OCIGK) karate training enables us to train safely within hygiene and distancing guidelines established to protect citizens from residual COVID-19 threats. This procedure details the means and methods by which OCIGK will continue to provide quality and effective instruction in a safe, healthy and sanitary environment; all in accordance with government guidelines.

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This document contains the 15 stances performed in the OCIGK. It contains the Japanese name of the stance and step-by-step instructions on how to perform it.

Technique A-D is the most basic technique that all white belts need to learn before being promoted to higher ranks. This documents contains the step-by-step instructions on how to perform Techniques A, B, C, and D.

In addition to katas and techniques, OCIGK also practices different charts. White chart is the first chart that is taught and contains 10 moves to complete the white chart. This document contains step-by-step instructions on how to perform white charts moves 1-10. This document should be used as reference for new and experiences students.

This document contains the step-by-step instructions on the precise movements for Green Chart 1-10.

Gichin Funakoshi is knows as ""father of modern karate" and was one of the Okinawan karate masters who introduced karate to the Japanese mainland in 1922. This document contains the 20 precepts of Gichin Funakoshi. We highly recommend that you read these precepts as it sets the mental foundation of karate and the OCIGK.

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recommended reading

Quiet Voice Loud Voice

By Renshi Matt Hemenez

Quiet Voice Loud Voice is authored by our own Renshi Matt Hemenez. This is a labor that has taken him over 10 years to accomplish.  The result was QUIET VOICE LOUD VOICE, a beautifully illustrated children’s book about a young boy who uses his karate teachings to find his inner strength (his loud voice) to deal with dangerous encounters with bullies.

"All children have a ROAR, they just need to know how and when to use it"

The Story-For Children

Children of all ages will enjoy reading about Nathan’s adventures through life. Their emotions will be provoked by Nathan’s encounters with neighborhood bullies who won’t leave him alone. They will be inspired by how Nathan uses the inner strength–his LOUD voice-the Voice that he learned in his karate class that he drew upon to shut down those bullies.

The Story-For Parents

Parents will value QUIET Voice LOUD Voice as a foundation for teaching children about encounters with bullies. We hope that our children will never have to face those bullies; but if they do, we want to know that they will prevail! Hear your child ROAR!!

As a Teaching Tool

For years parents have approached Renshi Matt, who has taught martial arts and self-defense to children for over a decade, with the same concern: "We don’t want our child to be violent or aggressive, but we don’t want them to get hurt either. What should we tell our child about self-defense?" Renshi formalized the answer in the form of the wonderful story that is QUIET Voice LOUD Voice.

Based on Renshi’s decades of teaching martial arts to children, QUIET Voice LOUD Voice lays out in wholesome story fashion three critical aspects of dealing with bullies; the same principles can also be applied to most any threatening situation. QUIET Voice LOUD Voice is also recommended as a visual aid for school teachers, martial arts teachers and other leaders of children as a foundation for discussing this sensitive topic. 

Please support Renshi by ordering one.  See him or Kyoshi to order an autographed copy.