Denwakan Wado Karate
Martial Arts Classes in Denver
Denwakan offers Wado karate classes for all levels of students. We also offer a women’s fitness class based on martial art training and techniques.
Here’s what you can expect when you attend classes at Denwakan.
Mr. Kurobane and the children’s class.
Karate classes at Denwakan are friendly but formal. It is important in martial arts classes to cultivate habits of respect and mutual courtesy.
Before the formal beginning of class, one of the instructors or senior students leads warm-ups. These are combinations of karate movements, stretches, and conditioning exercises. After warm-ups comes the formal beginning of class.
We begin with bows to the founder of our style, to our teacher, and to our fellow students. Next comes a moment of meditation as we recite the dojo precepts. We are now physically and mentally prepared for class.
Class is different each day, depending on what Kurobane Sensei feels we need to work on. There are many ways to improve! We may practice timing by working with partners, or learn footwork moving up and down the floor. Sometimes we use heavy punching bags or pads. We may run kata (forms) at different speeds, or take the kata apart to learn the applications behind the moves.
There is lots of individual attention in every class. Students are expected not only to pay close attention to the instructors, but also to their fellow students.
Women’s fitness classes are taught by one of our senior black belt women, Marty Priest. Mental and physical balance is the goal of this class. The way we will get there is by using techniques adapted from the martial arts. Naturally, we’ll do some kicking and some punching. We’ll also add exercises to increase flexibility, strength, speed, and stamina.
All exercises and techniques are taught one-on-one, with special attention paid to the fitness level and specific needs of each class member. You can expect gradual progress toward your own, self-determined fitness goals.
For more details, please call Marty at .