JKA Chicago dojo teaches traditional Japanese karate using innovative methods that develop student form, technique, performance and understanding. Many other schools operate witha "monkey-see, monkey-do" philosopy: the instructor stands at the front, demonstrates a technique, and the students copy him, without ever knowing why they are doing things the way they are. At JKA Chicago, the emphoasis is on the student. Students are encouraged to ask "why" and "how." Methods are explained, not just presented. A knowledgeble student is a good student: only in understanding what you are doing are you able to make corrections to your own technique.
But that's not the only thing that makes JKA Chicago unique:
Our classes are small to mid-sized so students receive individualized attention from the instructor and higher-ranking students.
Training includes using rubber pads while practicing punching, kicking, and blocking exercises. These pads help students to increase the speed and power of their techniques, as well as helping to focus those techniques.
The dojo has different kinds of "maki-wara," a punching board developed by the Japanese. These boards provide resistence, helping the student to perfect their techniques. Our maki-wara can be positioned to accommodate punching or kicking, and can be adjusted for the different power levels of beginners or advanced, men or women.
The high ceiling and wooden floor are conducive for karate training. The floor is cushioned to ease and protect the knees and feet during practice.
We instruct our studnets in Ki (Chi in Chinese). Ki helps students learn to emit mental energy, sense it, and improve reflexes. To strengthen Ki development, we have developed specific exercises that increase a student's ability to sense and use Ki.