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Passage of Karate Rank or Belt

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order karate beltsA passage of rank or karate belt to be at the club, for the different Kyu or in front of an official jury for Dan is often synonymous with stress and questions of all kinds :

Will I be up to it?
I'm afraid of being ridiculous?
What if I do not have it?
Have I learned everything?
What should I do ?
...

In short, whatever our level, we have all been confronted one day with a passing of rank. The famous color belt (yellow, orange, Green, Blue, brown ou black) which one dreams.

And we all asked ourselves at least one of those questions that came back to haunt us all the time.


Guide offered!
"How to succeed your grade passes"



Since I started this blog, many of you have written to me asking for advice for the grade or belt passes and had many questions and especially many doubts about their ability to succeed.

The first advice I can give is simple and straightforward:

Do not panic !!! (Do not panic !!!)

Some will even say, stop "psychotherapy"

I know, it's a bit easy as advice and that's why we're going to develop a little bit and I'm going to give you the 7 essential tips to succeed your grade and belt passes.

When you have to sit for an exam, there is always a possibility of not being successful and it is not dramatic. You just have to accept this possibility and only do his best.

Once again, Bruno, it's easy to say. The problem is that an exam is usually the culmination of many hours of work. So there is no question of spoiling all this on the day of the passage of rank.

But no matter how persuaded a belt is just a piece of tissue, our ego can not help thinking.
But the more we coerce, the more we want to do well, and the more we panic and we lose all these resources on the day.

I will try here to reassure you and to give you some answers to your questions which are in fact normal and very natural.

7 Tips for Successful Graduation:

1 - Do what you can do.

This advice may seem obvious to some and yet ...

How many times have I seen students when I ask them to do a kata of their choice, introduce me to the most difficult kata they know when they are only learning it and they do not know it? do not master it.

They think that by doing one of the hardest kata, they will be better rated. Which is wrong. By choosing a kata that they mastered they would have obtained a much better grade.

Show what you can do and only what you can do. Do not try to do better than usual. Anyway, your teacher knows you. He knows your level.

Whatever your level, you will not be able to be better on the day of the grade shift, so do not try to be. Look only for not being less good.

You show your work as it is, as you know how to do it, and then let your teacher judge. If you do not get your belt, it's because it was not yet the moment. It's not a drama.

The path is long, do not try to run too fast ...

2- This is only a belt ...

Everything is said in the title: it is only a belt, it serves above all to keep your karategi close.

I know that this type of argument does not satisfy you because we are in a society where we need benchmarks and where we want to position ourselves in relation to the other. But tell yourself well that in karate, even a black belt has worn a white belt one day and he (or she) has not forgotten.

Most of us remember their first days when everything seemed complicated, where the color belts made us dream. And then over time we realize that although we can increase rank and get belts darker and darker, the path is always fraught with pitfalls and that's what makes the richness of our art.

The belt, it's true, is an acknowledgment of your work and your technical level, but do not give it more importance than it has: What is important to you above all is to learn karate and to please each class.

The belt when you do a kata or a kumite, you do not even think because it regains its primary function: hold your pants!

So relativize, it's only a belt !!!

3 -You will not be better after than before

Understand that if you succeed your passage, the belt you will wear after the exam will not make you better. Your level will be exactly the same.

That's why I'm telling you not to try to do more. You show your level at a moment t.

If you go up in rank, it's very good but you did not become better the day of the exam, your progression was done well upstream, during your training at the dojo (and on Karate-Blog.net ™, of course :-))

If you have worked well at training and at the passage of rank you do not get your belt is not a drama is that you still need a little time.

Each floor is hard to climb and as long as you have not crossed all the steps, you can not go upstairs. It takes time. Some summers a few months to rise in rank, other a few years. I know it's unfair sometimes, but we can not help it.

The important thing is to do your best and be proud of your work.


Guide offered!
"How to succeed your grade passes"



4 - You will not be ridiculous.

This is a question that often comes up in your emails, you are afraid of the eyes of others (or maybe your own eyes ;-))

Yet, I repeat:

Be proud of your work!

You did your best, that's the main thing. There is no shame to have.

And whatever your age, your height, your weight, your sex, your social level ... In short, whoever you are, there is no shame in practicing karate.

Nobody will make fun of you because as I told you, we've all been there.

Each karateka knows the difficulties of learning Karate and will never think of making fun of it.

On the contrary, in general Sempaï will rather seek to help the students in difficulty, reassuring them and giving them wise advice.

But in any case, you will never be ridiculous in a dojo.

5 - Give, without expecting anything in return

What creates disappointment is the expectation of a reward.

But if you do not expect anything and you show patience and humility you will not be disappointed.

If you do your passing grade with the same spirit as a classical course without waiting for a belt or some other reward, you will not be stuck by stress and will show your true technical qualities.

If it's worth a belt, all the better. If it's not worth it, too bad, it'll be for next time.

Again, do your best, let your heart speak and give without expecting anything in return.

6 - Arrive rested

One thing we do not think about enough is that the body needs rest to assimilate learning.

To show you in your best light at the grade crossing, try to get rested. Do not do tons of training the days before hoping to catch up.

While it is good to review these kata and make a point on this knowledge but let you one or two days of rest to give your body and your brain time to assimilate all that.

You will be better on the day.

7 - Warm up

When you graduate, even if you have followed all the advice I have just given, you will probably be a little stressed and that's perfectly normal.

As a result, your pulse and your breathing will have a tendency to accelerate and if you burn your warm up, you risk having a runaway of the breathing and the heart rate at the beginning of the examination and that could make you lose part of your means.

To minimize this phenomenon, it is necessary that the body is well prepared by a good warm up.

Warm up quietly to improve your breathing and increase your blood flow. This will reduce the effects of stress.

You can use theABC of warm-ups to help you.

Good luck

That's it, I have to wish you good luck for your next graduation and especially do not forget:

Do your best without expecting anything and you will not be disappointed.

And if you succeed (which I wish you) never forget that only your outer appearance will change, but you will have to do a deeper job to completely deserve your new belt:
You must above all stay humble and do not forget where you come fromit is very important to continue the path you have taken.

See you soon,
Bruno

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86 comments

  1. Hello Bruno,

    thank you for your advice,
    I just spent my first time in 2 months, and I got my first belt.
    I am satisfied, but I still made a small mistake in my heian, my teacher made me resume, just or I was wrong, I did not think, I left direct without asking questions, like you say I did what I could do, and it is true that the teacher knows us after the training.
    So I was a little disappointed, having made this mistake, yet I felt focused, maybe I gave too much energy and I lost the pedals.
    I just read your article at the moment, I intend to return, for my next passages.
    I find it interesting.

    Best regards.

    David

  2. Hello,
    I contact you I would like to know is that until the second blue belt we do not pass in front of a jury, it's just the sensei who gives the belts of the white to the second blue ??
    so in the same dojo ??
    Thank you good night

  3. Good evening Bruno

    Thank you for these tips, I vait today apply your advice because I was soon to pass the passage of grade for the black belt and I hope wholeheartedly to have
    Thank you

  4. Hello my name is carolann it is 4 month that I practice karate and if all goes well I spend my yellow belt in February and I would like to know how is the exam? Thanks for the answer and for the site it is very useful

  5. thank you for these advices belt crossing or grade Bruno.
    I'm going to train at home!
    See you soon Bruno and thank you again.

    Kind regards Michel

  6. I am of course with c rules for me c settled are part of the state of mind of a karateka but there is one that I do not practice c the rule number 6

  7. Hi bruno ... it's only been 2 months since I took over karate and I'm hired for my first graduation in June. Thanks to your videos I was able to perfect myself on the techniques of kata since my job does not allow me to attend all the courses of my club.I would keep you informed of my evolution ... thanks again
    pascal

  8. Hello Bruno
    I started karate since September and I regularly watch your videos that help me a lot to advance despite the fact that I practice wado ryu. Yesterday I passed the examination of the yellow belt and I wanted to thank you for all your advice
    Regards

  9. Hello Bruno! Once again a very interesting article !!!

    "But if you do not expect anything and you show patience and humility you will not be disappointed. "

    This is exactly me in June I presented a brown belt I have not validated unfortunately but since I went there wanting to take stock, I was not disappointed, I would retent when I would feel it!

    By cons when you say "The belt when you do a kata or a kumite, you do not even think about it"
    Well I sometimes think about it at that moment, because I think that my work must be a reflection of the belt I have at the waist ...
    I realize that it is not good to think like that!

  10. Bruno
    Your advice comes to fists (and feet!) Named since it is soon time for the passage of rank.
    And that's why of course you come now to help us, your virtual students, you who goes on your side, as a teacher, to pass the grades to your own students in the flesh of the Karate Club of Langres.
    Thank you for your valuable advice.
    Marcel

  11. Okay thank you, and do you know what is the difference between basic two-tone belts (the same ones as judo) and those with a horizontal line of a different color in the middle?

    See you soon,
    Flavie

  12. Thank you for your explanation.

    Could you also tell me which techniques must be mastered to pass 5ème kuy of the blue belt, for the 4ème kuy (always blue belt), as well as for the 3ème kuy of the brown belt, for the 2ème kyu and for the 1er kyu (still brown belt)?

    I downloaded your table on the passage of grade but it is done for the method to 6 kyu, so I do not know what techniques must be acquired for the passage of which kyu for the blue and brown belts of the method to 9 kyu .

    Thank you

    Flavie

    • Hello Flavie,

      No I can not answer you first because I do not know since I only use 6 kyus instead of 9 in my club and secondly because even though I tell you, it will be your teacher who will decide. Everything will depend on his teaching and his passing of rank.
      The file that I gave you, is not the absolute truth, it's just a help, to find your bearings, but each teacher does a little differently and especially as he wishes.
      Do not take your head with that. You'll see in your club. For now content to work the basics, the very beginning, simple things and in September when you go to the club you'll see how it goes.
      as I told you by email, at first, follow this program:
      Beginners: start here!

      A +
      Bruno

  13. Hello Bruno,
    I would like to know which kyu each belt fits because all the sites I'm going to say different things. If I understood correctly, the white belt corresponds to 6ème kyu, yellow to 5ème, orange to 4ème, green to 3ème, blue to 2ème and brown to 1er, that's it? After for the black belt is 1er dan, then 2ème dan, ect ..

    I saw on other sites that there was 9 kyu, some belts corresponded to 2 or 3 kuy .. Finally with all that I get lost, so I would like you to enlighten me on this point. Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer me!

    Flavie

    • Hello Flavie,

      In fact you have understood the principle, but it will depend on the club.
      Originally, the system included 9 Kyu (rank) with the white belt of the 9ème 4ème kyu 3ème brown belt 1er Kyu.
      Then came the colored belts and some schools or professors kept 9 kyus (9e = White, 8e = yellow, 7e = orange, 6e = green, 5e and 4e = blue and always the brown belt from 3e to 1er kyu)
      Others, probably by simplification and to stick to the colored belts re-redivated in only 6 kyus: (6e = White, 5e = yellow, 4e = orange, 3e = green, 2e = blue and the 1er Kyu for the brown belt )
      In fact one must always place oneself according to one's system: Indeed, if you are 6ème kyu, it does not have the same meaning in the first system (Green) as in the second (Blanche).

      Personally in my club, I adopted the 2ème system because it is simpler and it fits perfectly with the color belts and I do not give also intermediate belts (orange / green type) or bars.

      But as said at the beginning, it depends club, because obtaining these belts, or kyus remains in all cases at the discretion of the teacher of the club.

      Hoping to have enlightened you a little,
      Bruno

  14. It interests me! I am focused on karate!
    Today I think we have to stay focused on what we really want because it is very easy to flutter in search of I do not know what else, as I said on my first presentation to adolescence I wanted karate and I'm not allowed that's why today and since 8 month is my tripe that I life and I am certain to arrive at the black belt even if it is not a goal in itself . I appreciated your humility Bruno, continue on Karate "hands empty" but it does not change anything because your site is still awesome!
    Thank you clear and clear!

  15. Hello Bruno,

    This is for me one of the best article of your blog. Bravo!

    "Whatever your level, you will not be able to be better on the day of the grade shift, so do not try to be. Look only for not being less good. "

    To remember absolutely.

  16. Hello Bruno, I have soon 15 years and thanks to your advice I come today to have my blue belt !!
    Your site is great and I train more and more. Thanks again !
    A+

  17. Hello Bruno,

    I just spoke with my DTL during one of the DIF training weekend: the phrase that was confusing ("The duration of this Kumite is 1 minute for each role (TORI and UKE)") is intended for MIDARE and no to Ju Kumité.

    so thank you for your answer, again clear and clear

    A+
    Bastien

  18. Hello Bruno:
    I really like your philosophy, even if I think like you, we prefer to succeed the 1er times, if not we still have to work and it still takes time. (I think of the dan) and efforts.
    As we sometimes say, do not take the lead, and it's true.
    We do not need that to succeed in our life, family, professional and others, and failures we meet everywhere, it is part of life and helps us to bounce back better.
    And then the emotions, we all have, and that are different from one person to another, and more or less easy to manage, and the one who fails in one discipline will be much better in another,
    which allows to have an average always suitable.
    Good luck to all, and thank you Bruno.
    Gerard

  19. I'll allow myself a little addition to everything Bruno says, something that may seem so stupid, that we tend to zap it !!
    Do not forget to……. breathe!!!!

    It sounds stupid is not it ????
    And yet !!!!

    During a moment of stress, of fear, we have the natural reflex to block his breathing !!
    So do not forget to breathe during your warm-up, but especially during your visit (whether in a club or in front of a rank jury) !! Because if you work in apnea, you will quickly contract and you will paralyze !!!

    And for that karate we have a great thing it's ....... Kaiy !!!
    During your visit to kihon, for example, once the sequence assimilated and reproduce, once you are comfortable, do not hesitate: shout !!!!

    This will help you put yourself in, breathe, to mark your strong techniques but also to evacuate your stress !!

    The best example is that when you ride in a carousel, great style 8, and we are afraid, and well at the 1ère downhill, we shout !!!

  20. Hello Bruno,

    thank you very much for your answer which is clear and clear

    much clearer and clearer than the league's response that says
    "As the regulation indicates, it's a flexible fight (exchanges of techniques: show your ability to control yourself through combat techniques ... without jerking, move wisely ...)"

    Bastien

  21. Hello Bruno,

    I would like some clarification on the 3 module 1er DAN protocol because I can not get a clear answer.

    In the GSGDE regulation 2011-2012 (page 65) online on the website of the FFKDA, it reads: "The duration of this Kumite is 1 minute for each role (TORI and UKE). "

    I understand from this sentence that during 1 minute, Tori attack as much as possible and Uke defends and counterattacks; then after one minute we reverse the roles.

    can you help me STP?
    merci
    Bastien

    • Hello Bastien,

      No, no, for Ju kumité it's like the club, it's unregulated, that is to say that everyone takes the role of Tori or Uke as he sees fit.
      Now it is true that the sentence in the regulation is confusing. This is probably to prevent one of the candidates from playing only the role of Uke or the role of Tori.
      You really have to do as in the club and make a fight, flexible of course, but a fight anyway, do not always be on the defensive or always on the attack.

      The goal is not to win, but to show your combat ability.

      Hoping to have been clear (and net!)

  22. Hi all,

    I am a brown belt since last December. And I would like to know the minimum practice time to be able to sit for the 1er DAN exam.
    Because some people tell me that it takes a year of black belt and others tell me that this is not the case today.
    I went to see the website of the FFKAMA and I read the file on the passage of grades including the 1 er Dan. I did not see that one year was asked for a brown belt for the presentation of the black belt but three federal licenses, including that of the year in court. I have these three licenses and the one of the year in court.
    Can you enlighten me because I may not have read well. I asked my teacher and he told me that it took a year of brown and that it had always been that way. What I doubt.
    Thank you for helping me because I would like if it is possible to register for the passage of the black belt next March.

    • Fabrice,
      Actually for this 1er dan, you have to be 1er kyu since 1 year. I do not know if it is an administrative obligation, but in any case that is what is done.
      In addition you need your teacher's signature to present you in March so if he wants you to wait until you have 1 an 1er kyu, you will have to wait.

      • Being in this situation, I think we should not hurry. Why ? simply that when one is a little "light" in his skills with the black belt, I find it really shocking.Marron we say he is a learner, well it goes, but black, it shocks me.
        Especially since the knowledge of the first 6 kata is no longer required (2 to choose which may be the first ... 2). In my opinion, we should pass when we are able to explain or show all the movements or the first 6 kata.

        Pervert effect: I saw a lot of people stop after the black just .. designed as a diploma. (No one does math exercises after his bts, for example)

    • If I am not mistaken, there is no longer a minimal time between 1er dan and 1er Kyu (brown). Before it was 8 or 9 months and it was changed very recently. We talked about it recently in school training of executives in my league.

      It has been removed from the official texts. But hey yes logically it's good 8-9 mini month, see 1 year, the time to take a little maturity and work well his passage. After someone who is ready, let him go!

  23. Hello, I just passed the yellow belt and I asked myself these questions because I can not hide from having a deep respect as much as a great admiration for these people: From how much dan does one become a sempai or a sensei

    • Hello Jeremy,

      In fact, Sempai is not a grade, it is more a question of seniority than of rank. In a club, the Sempai is the advanced student who has a guardian role compared to Kohai. In absolute terms, a white belt that is at the club since 6 month is a Sempai compared to a white belt that arrives.

      For Sensei, it is the same, in theory it is not a question of rank, but of a relation of master to pupil. The Sensei is the one who teaches. So in theory anyone who has a title of teacher could be called Sensei.
      In practice, however, when we speak of Sensei or Master, we attribute a notion much higher than the mere fact of teaching, and in general it is convenient to give this title only to persons at least 5ème dan and who teach.

      • Master: it's something we meet in the martial arts and that has always spawned me. Title often self-proclaimed in addition. It's always ridiculous for the following reasons:
        - the guy did not do a lawyer's study,
        - the oriental master has nothing to do. It's already a man-to-man ratio where there is no money in circulation (which characterizes it as commercial even though it is imagined)
        - the master who takes you for raising other than for money has reasons to teach you, family, clan, military, police, it does not depend on your desire. A Korean told us I teach you sports, martial art? I do not know you ….
        - we are in a commercial culture that presents itself as egalitarian (all equal before the cash drawer in fact) or logic: I want, I'm entitled
        - the pupil lived with the master (uchi deschi) and paid him
        - the master was the living example of what one can accomplish, not perfect but better than oneself,
        - master is an approximate translation of sensei: it does not necessarily imply the dominant / dominated connotation which are ours,
        - the master, before in the martial arts like the KoRyu (ancient am) had a dark aura of survivor has terrible things (battles ranged),
        - some masters do not support aging and become "mythos",
        - the last point: I want to learn from a great master, it's better, we believe. Do we learn mathematics at school with Einstein?
        - Some master had a deplorable schooling and want to catch up in their desire to dominate others.
        ..
        Conversely:
        - Some are masters of martial arts, something emerges from them, but which often relates to what we want to protect: violence;
        - in judo (60 years), we had a good-natured policeman as a teacher. But we felt a sense of gratitude and respect. I can not explain it and in this neighborhood "prolo" we always called "Mr Perrier" even between us, which is surprising given the rascals

        Morality: we do not say master, but others can recognize it ....

  24. Thank you very much !! I'll ask him at the next court

    Posted by Bruno BandelierHello,
    Your teacher told you that you had succeeded because you could have nothing. A black barrette is a step between each belt. I do not know too much because it is specific to each teacher and personally I do not give a bar. My students have a top belt or have nothing. Some teachers prefer to give bars or belts of several colors, it is a choice. The best is to ask your teacher directly how much you need to get barrettes to pass yellow belt, so you can set goals.

  25. Hello !
    I did my exam for the yellow belt the week passes and abla end of the court he had said that I had passed my exam ... But I did not have the centure, I had a black barrette ..
    What is this ?
    Mercii

    • Hello,
      Your teacher told you that you had succeeded because you could have nothing. A black barrette is a step between each belt. I do not know too much because it is specific to each teacher and personally I do not give a bar. My students have a top belt or have nothing. Some teachers prefer to give bars or belts of several colors, it's a choice. The best is to ask your teacher directly how much you need to get barrettes to pass yellow belt, so you can set goals.

  26. "What creates disappointment is the expectation of a reward.
    But if you do not expect anything and you show patience and humility you will not be disappointed. "

    That's exactly my philosophy. Take only what we are given, expect nothing from others, aim at the only improvement of any and say that we never reach a satisfactory stage.

    Moreover, in the old days, there were no rank belt. Then two, the black and the white, the idea of ​​black belt coming from the fact that well trained karateka had a belt (at the base white) black with dirt and wear.

    • In a style of kung fu that I practiced there was no belt just as there is no running or boxing. We are judged on who we are.
      We are good, bad, young, old, everyone finds his place.
      What I reproach the passage of rank is that most repeat the (s) kata (s) for the belt a few weeks before, we see that for the in ... To be judged on what we have.
      A Vietnamese master explained the belts of his style as follows: yellow (skin color), red (in the blood), white (in the bones) ...
      Normally in the am, one should cultivate, develop something in itself ... A jury can not measure self-confidence, impression of strength, etc .;
      Progress is "do we feel stronger? (Not the strongest)

  27. Hello,

    You have to ask the question.
    To know if the club is good, you just have to try. We are always entitled to a free session.
    For competitions, you have to see with your future teacher. But I think you can from the second year of registration. In combat or in Kata.

  28. eric portenard at

    Hello,
    I would like to know how I can do to find out if the karate club I plan to register for September is affiliated with FFKAMA and that it is accredited to youth sports and how to choose a good karate club, and I would like to know how we can do karate competition thank you very much

  29. What is very good for karate is the plyometry that allows you to work explosiveness. For this you can find many videos on Youtube.

  30. eric portenard at

    thank you very much and where i could download video to learn the basic technique for the moment i do bodybuilding is that enough to train me for karate or you need something else (run etc) give me advice a big thanks

  31. Hello Eric Portenard,

    I do not remember the technical content of the examination I was doing for yellow.
    For cons for the Wado-ryu style, Roland Habersetzer in his book "Karate, Technique Wado-ryu" writes to pass the yellow:
    Combinations Kihon
    - Junzuki (Oi-zuki)
    - Tobikomizuki
    - Gyakuzuki
    - Gedan-barai
    - Age-uke
    - Mae-geri
    - Yoko-geri
    - Mawashi-geri

    You will find on this site most of these techniques.

  32. eric portenard at

    hello or I could find the gestures to do to train me at home to pass the exam for the yellow belt and I could have the head to do when we are white belt thank you

  33. Hello Eric Portenard,

    To answer your questions, I can only answer you about the karate style I practice. In this case Wado-ryu. For other styles, I would not answer.
    For my part, I spent the yellow belt after two months of registration at the club where I practice.
    The exam lasted approximately one hour for all candidates. The teacher first put the white belts together. And so every color up to chestnuts.
    The first test was to present the Kata of his belt. For the whites it was Pinan Nidan, which corresponds roughly to Heian Shodan in Shotokan.
    After we had a test of Kihon. To finish with conventional Kumite.
    The impression I got was that it was relatively simple. The most difficult thing was to know by heart his Kata. Most of the students, by the way, practiced it badly enough. But the essential thing apparently was to know it by heart.
    As for equipment, you need to trade a Karate Kimono. And a white belt striped with a red line. Because uni-color belts are for Judo. Although many students come in Judo belts.
    That's the minimum. Otherwise you can provide some protection for the Jyu-kumite. In the club where I practice, they can lend them to us. But it is very useful to possess them. Karate mittens and foot protection. And optionally, shells for the lower abdomen and shin guards.

    • Hello Fabrice,

      Thank you for your very comprehensive answer to Eric.
      Regarding protection, I think he can wait to see how it is in his club. In my home for example, they are almost never put. There is therefore no urgency to spend money.

      A+
      Bruno

  34. eric portenard at

    Good evening I would also like to know what the exam to pass from the white belt to the yellow belt and how long the exam lasts and I would like to know the equipment to buy to have my own thank you

    • Hello Eric,

      You're very impatient ... :-)
      Why do not you go now to try to do one or two sessions in a club, it would give you a preview already and it would satisfy a little bit your curiosity.

      Otherwise for training by September, I advise you to run to be in good shape and work the bottom.

      A+
      Bruno

  35. eric portenard at

    Hello ,
    I am going to join a karate club for September and I would like to know what training I can do to prepare for the day because at the level of my legs I am stiff I can not make the big difference so I would like to have tips to get there thank you very much

    • Hello Eric Portenard,

      If I can afford to advise you two videos on Youtube. They will help you greatly to large gaps. These are Jean Frenette's stretching videos that won several WAKO world championships in artistic Kata.
      In addition these two videos contain training techniques of a few kicks.

    • Hello Eric,

      The big gap is not necessary to make karate. I never managed to do it.
      If you start in September, you have time, do not try to be on top before arriving.
      That said, nothing prevents you from actually starting to do stretching, but be careful if you're not used to it and you're not supervised by a teacher, because in the beginning we tend to force too much and do a little anything. Training at home to its limits, you must know a minimum.

      A+
      Bruno

  36. Good evening Bruno,

    thank you for all these tips that I studied well before going to the dojo tonight, make my demonstration for the passage of the yellow belt. And I come back with the ... orange !!! "The masters and elders" judged that I had worked well and progressed for a few weeks! ... since I look almost daily your blog and your videos !!
    So just thank you!

    • Hello Marie-Ange,
      Here is a comment that is very pleasant. I congratulate you for your belt Orange, it's great.
      Even if I could help you, all the credit is back to you. It's the fruit of your work.
      Congratulations again.
      Bruno

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