A class will start with about 15 minutes of warm up and stretching. Following warm-up, basic blocks, kicks, punches and combinations of all are practiced to achieve a reflex action.
The learning and practice of Kata is an important part of Seiwa-Kai training program. Kata is a training exercise can be practiced alone and is comprised of a series of movements, including a combination of blocks, kicks and punches that are both defensive a and offensive in nature. These movements are designed to provide physical conditioning as well as to train a student's kinesthetic memory of proper movements. Kata is considered the essence of Karate, the practice of which takes years and mastery takes a lifetime.
Sparring with fellow students and instructors allows the student to measure the proficiency of the techniques and it forms a major part of the training at Seiwa-Kai Karate-do. Seiwa-Kai Karate-do does not subscribe to full physical contact during training.
At Seiwa-Kai emphasis is placed on learning and improvement. Seiwa-Kai students are offered the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in various tournaments held in various centres from time to time to practice and challenge their skills. Participation in tournaments allows the student to interact and compare his or her proficiency with students from other Dojos. Seiwa-Kai Karate-do is a member of Karate Alberta and is affiliated with Sport Canada. This association allows participation in national tournaments leading to possible membership on the national team.
Proficiency in karate-do is recognized by the awarding of belts, white to black, through a system of formal grading. While many people feel that it is the most important aspect of karate-do, it should also be recognized that grade levels also consider the amount the of hard work and attitude displayed by the individual student