Kobujutso Karate with Weapons

Kobujutso Karate with Weapons

Kobujutso is the Japanese term for “Traditional Martial Arts’. It is a form of karate that is a combination of open or empty hand techniques, and the proficient training in the use of weapons inspired from domestic and farm tools.

Here are two of our teenage students demonstrating the use of the sai (a set of dagger-shaped truncheons) and the (a very tall and long staff or stick weapon):

For more about classes in Johannesburg in Kobujutso Karate, contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.

Kobujutso is the Japanese term for “Traditional Martial Arts’. It is a form of karate that is a combination of open or empty hand techniques, and the proficient training in the use of weapons inspired from domestic and farm tools. Here are two of our teenage students demonstrating the use of the sai (a set …

Bowing and Uniforms in Martial Arts

Bowing and Uniforms in Martial Arts

Learning the arts such as taiji and or martial arts has many interesting facets. One of the most fascinating is the aspect of bowing.

  • What is bowing ?
  • What does it mean?
  • Why do we do it?
  • Is it a gesture which has been handed down through generations?

Before reading further, have a think about what it means to you.

Significance of Bowing in Tai Chi and Karate

Bowing at the door when entering the class is a sign of respect. Respect for the place of training, respect for the art, respect to yourself as a practitioner.

One must be able to bow to a teacher, and also bow to oneself. If you cannot bow to yourself it means you don’t have respect for yourself, therefore you can’t possibly respect any other person or thing.

Bowing is also a sign of humility. If you can’t bow to whomever your teacher is , then it means that you cannot humble yourself.

Humility is giving up of the ego. To empty oneself. To get rid of.

So when we bow in karate or taiji, we are physically at the lowest point to the ground, with our forehead (which is usually one of the highest points) right down to the ground. We place ourselves in the ‘low’ point. We are, through physical movements, teaching our egos to dissipate.

When we strike in karate, we should be striking our own egos. Our partner is our mirror, it becomes us. We also do mirror drills in taiji, and similar consciousness applies.

Uniforms in Tai Chi and Karate

How does a small gesture of wearing uniform affect us?

When we wear uniform we are expressing that we are all equal. No one person is better than each other. No one person is more or less equipped.

We train in the same place, in the same space, at the same time. We have left / emptied our baggage at the door, coming into a sacred training space. A space for everyone, young, old, fat, thin.

So the next time we enter the dojo with acknowledgment of bowing, with wearing your uniform, and being on time for class, think about what you are suggesting to yourself.

While on the subject of identification, discipline and co-operation , please read our “credo” too!

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You can purchase uniforms from Sifu, so please wear them to class! Contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468 for more info.

Learning the arts such as taiji and or martial arts has many interesting facets. One of the most fascinating is the aspect of bowing. What is bowing ? What does it mean? Why do we do it? Is it a gesture which has been handed down through generations? Before reading further, have a think about …

Credo for Mings Martial Arts Academy Johannesburg

Credo for Mings Martial Arts Academy Johannesburg

Mission

  • To teach all people wanting to learn about taiji and martial arts, its tradition, origin and culture.
  • To provide information on emerging medical related studies and the healing properties of taiji creating health, positivity and contentment in our community, regardless of race, religion, gender, and status.
  • To propagate taiji and martial arts in its history, tradition and culture.
  • To keep open minded and to create positive thought patterns in the journey of the tao.

Purpose

  • To provide a safe place where communities can be together, having the same or similar ideas and goals in the journey of the martial arts.
  • To continue exploring the traditional, versus the new and changing martial arts.
  • To acknowledge and practice the authentic spirit of martial arts.
  • To, through training, foster friendship, inner and outer patience, discipline and respect.
  • To uplift the community in healing, living, and being present in order to realise the precious moments in life, letting go of useless thoughts that interfere with our daily routine.
  • To be inwardly in touch thereby accessing ones natural chi for sustaining and healing , mentally, physically and spiritually.

Conduct Code

  • Dress appropriately in Ming’s uniform.
  • When entering or leaving class , or commencing a class please take note of the gesture of acknowledgement of bowing and respect.
  • Use the appropriate term “sifu/sensei (karate)” when addressing the teacher.
  • Show respect for one another, and welcome new students by introducing yourself.
  • Being late for class is considered a lack of respect.
  • Advanced just means that the student has more insight into the art. Be humble.
  • Only certified instructors may teach the art so as to propagate authenticity.
  • Do not abuse your martial knowledge.
  • Payments to be made in advance. 3 months in advance allows for a discounted rate. However if payments are made late then it does not allow for the discounted rate.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

For more info on this credo and tai chi and karate in general, contact your Sifu Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468

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Mission To teach all people wanting to learn about taiji and martial arts, its tradition, origin and culture. To provide information on emerging medical related studies and the healing properties of taiji creating health, positivity and contentment in our community, regardless of race, religion, gender, and status. To propagate taiji and martial arts in its …

Testimonial about Karate Classes with Leo in Johannesburg

Testimonial about Karate Classes with Leo in Johannesburg

Karate for Children - success storySifu Leo Low Ming received this message from the father of his long time Karate students, Ben and Sam:

“Hi Leo,
Our family will head overseas for a year of living, schooling and working. We hope to be back thereafter, ready for more of your classes. Many thanks thus far for your patience and skill as teacher to Ben and Sam. I know that they will miss your classes. We hope we can find a way to continue with karate classes over the coming year!
Regards,
Brian”

 

 

Just over a year later, in February 2016, Leo got this follow up email:

“Hope you are well?
Our family is still in London. This to let you know that Sam still inspired by you teaching, and continues his karate interests – selected for the Funakoshi Style Karate Squad South West 2016/17 season (kata and kumite techniques 8 & 9 year age group). Orange belt preceded by white, red, yellow grading).
Regards,
Brian”

Karate Awards for studenAnd again recently (March 2016), we heard that Sam has won some awards!

“2nd placing in Kumite and 3rd in Kata (age group 8) – he’s really enjoying it!
Brian”

We congratulate Sam for his achievements in being selected for this Squad in the United Kingdom, and his awards, and wish Sam all the best with his karate journey!

 

For more information about Karate Classes for Children in Parkview and Midrand, Johannesburg, contact Leo Low Ming on 0833780468

Sifu Leo Low Ming received this message from the father of his long time Karate students, Ben and Sam: “Hi Leo, Our family will head overseas for a year of living, schooling and working. We hope to be back thereafter, ready for more of your classes. Many thanks thus far for your patience and skill …

Our Venue for Karate Lessons in Parkview, Johannesburg

Our Venue for Karate Lessons in Parkview, Johannesburg

We offer Kobujutsu Karate lessons at both Parkview Junior School and at Parkview Senior School

Lessons at Parkview Junior School are held inside the school hall, with lots of natural light from high windows and ample fresh air. The hall has more than enough space to allow kids to run around and do their workouts.

At Parkview Senior School, lessons are held inside the wooden floored school hall. There is plenty of space for running and workouts. Lots of natural light because of the floor to ceiling windows, adds an uplifting vibe. This makes a great dojo to train in.

Toilets and change rooms are available at both venues.

Karate Class Times:

Fridays

Venue: Parkview Junior School, Ennis Road, Parkview

13:15 to 14:00 (beginners class for Age 5 to 8 years)
13:45 to 14:30 (Age 8 years and up)

Venue: Parkview Senior School, Dunkeld Avenue, Parkview

15:15 -16:00 (Age 8 years and up)

Amenities:

  • Both outdoor and indoor facilities, to accommodate all weather conditions
  • Clean bathrooms and change rooms
  • Secure parking and security

Address:

Parkview Junior School
Ennis Road,
Parkview
Parkview Senior Primary School
Dunkeld Avenue,
Parkview

For more info contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.

We offer Kobujutsu Karate lessons at both Parkview Junior School and at Parkview Senior School Lessons at Parkview Junior School are held inside the school hall, with lots of natural light from high windows and ample fresh air. The hall has more than enough space to allow kids to run around and do their workouts. …

Our Venue for Karate Lessons in Midrand, Johannesburg

Our Venue for Karate Lessons in Midrand, Johannesburg

In the school grounds of Sagewood School we hold our Kobujutsu Karate lessons. The lessons are in the school hall.  With lots of natural light from the large windows, it makes it a pleasant place to teach and be taught.

There is secure parking through the boom gates and it is conveniently located just 8 minutes from the Olifantsfontein turn off (next to the Protea Hotel) of the M1 Highway to Pretoria.

Karate Class Times:

Mondays
14:30 to 15:15 (beginners class for Age 5 to 8 years)
15:30 to 16:15 (Age 8 years and up)

Amenities:

  • Both outdoor and indoor facilities, to accommodate all weather conditions
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Secure parking and security

Address:

Sagewood School

Sagewood Avenue,
Noordwyk,
Midrand

For more info contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.

In the school grounds of Sagewood School we hold our Kobujutsu Karate lessons. The lessons are in the school hall.  With lots of natural light from the large windows, it makes it a pleasant place to teach and be taught. There is secure parking through the boom gates and it is conveniently located just 8 …

Our Venue for Tai Chi and Karate Lessons in Parkview, Johannesburg

Our Venue for Tai Chi and Karate Lessons in Parkview, Johannesburg

Learn tai chi in Johannesburg under the Oak TreeThe beautiful school grounds of Parktown Girls High in Parkview, with many old, large trees, is the venue for our tai chi and karate classes.

Three times a week, we enjoy the quiet of the school after the students have left for the day.

In summer we have tai chi lessons on the grass field, under the shade of the big Oak Tree, and karate in the Studio.

You can hear the birds chirping and a few cicadas singing as the sun sets and breeze rustles the leaves of the trees.

In winter or when it rains all classes are held in the Dance Studio, with glass windows all around, looking into the trees.

Venue in ParktownTai Chi Class Times:

Tuesday
18:15 – 19:00 (beginners tai chi class)
19:00 – 19:45 tai chi (intermediate tai chi class)

Thursday
17:30 – 18:15 (beginners)
18:45 – 19:30 (intermediate tai chi class)
19:30 – 20:15 (advanced tai chi class)

Saturday
7:45-8:30 (advanced tai chi class)
Tai Chi and Karate classes8:30 – 9:15 (beginners tai chi class)

Karate Class Times:

Tuesday
17:30 – 18:15 (beginners karate class)

Thursday
18:15 – 18:45 (mixed levels karate class)

Amenities:

  • Both outdoor and indoor facilities, to accommodate all weather conditions
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Secure parking and security

Address:

Parktown High School
Tyrone Avenue
Parkview, Johannesburg

For more info contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.

The beautiful school grounds of Parktown Girls High in Parkview, with many old, large trees, is the venue for our tai chi and karate classes. Three times a week, we enjoy the quiet of the school after the students have left for the day. In summer we have tai chi lessons on the grass field, …