Karate develops excellent reflexes, strength, flexibility, agility and self-defence skills. Besides that it has a profound effect on the mental qualities: it improves concentration, cultivates alertness and calm self-control in tense situations and gives you skills to avoid them, increases speed of thinking and acting under pressure and decreases fear of physical encounters.
Training consists of practicing basic techniques (stances, movements, strikes, blocks and kicks) and their sequences, pair exercises with pre-defined patterns, kata (choreographed patterns for practicing alone) and free sparring. Besides that we practice techniques of defence from knife and sword, fighting from the sitting position and grappling.
There are many karate styles, for example Shotokan, Kyokushin, Goji Ryu etc. We practice the karate style called Wado Ryu that was founded by Hironori Otsuka in 1939. We don’t use conditioning of any body parts (like hitting hard surfaces with the fist) and observe controlled contact: from air gap punches for children to skin touch for novices, and finally to mutually agreed harder punches and kicks for more advanced practitioners. We don’t believe that pain is good for sport and the amount of injuries is very low.
Our instructor Luan Krasniqi has 6th Dan grade and is extremely skilled, very pedagogical and fun to train with. We maintain a healthy attitude of respect and etiquette in the dojo and have no requirements on the initial fitness, skill levels or age, everyone is welcome!
Update December 2021: Training yields results! We have two new black belts in the section, Dmitri Kulginov and Niclas Wyholt, both 1st Dan now.
We train every Tuesday in the training hall from 5.30 to 7 p.m. Besides that we have an oppportunity to train between 6 and 7.15 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at Bjurslättskolan. Bronze level membership is required. The fee for half a year is 1500 SEK. For questions and enrollment, contact Dmitri Kulginov, 070-987 5181, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adults are allowed to train at both Ericsson and Bjurslättskolan again.