News & Announcements

New Classes in Palo Alto

We’re adding even more classes! Two new classes have begun spring sessions through the City of Palo Alto: Teens’ Karate Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, April 1 – June 3 At the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto Women’s Self-Defense Fridays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, April 3 – May 29 In the ballroom at […]

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Current Kata for Saturday Morning Kata Class: Hangetsu

Our current kata-of-the-month is Hangetsu (半月). The kata name means “Half Moon,” which refers to the way we step in the kata’s signature stance, hangetsu-dachi. In contrast to fudo-dachi we used in Sochin, with Hangetsu we practice gripping the floor and connecting with an inward squeeze in hangetsu-dachi and neko-ashi-dachi. You can see good examples of Hangetsu performed by Osaka Sensei here and by Kanazawa Sensei here. And […]

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