Answers to Typical Questions
- The purpose of this clinic is to stimulate the participants to
continue thinking about and exploring kata applications.
- The clinic fee is $25; $10 for full-time students (high-school
- All proceeds go to the travel budget of the Tulane Karate
- There is no extra fee for entering the facility and parking is free.
- For directions to the venue click here
- The clinic lasts 2-2˝ hours with a couple of short breaks.
- Practice is on a soft mat.
- Kyriakos Papadopoulos teaches how to apply the kata moves at all
ranges of engagement, especially at very close fighting distance, most of
the times exactly as they are performed in Shotokan
kata. Also a 4th-Dan in Judo [United States Judo Federation],
Kyriakos has developed the format of this clinic by drawing from various
available sources and his own practice of other martial arts.
- Besides blocks, punches, strikes and kicks, the clinic also
includes practice of falling, throws, joint locks, chokes, weak and vital
- Advanced ranks are obviously more
successful in assimilating the techniques. However, even when one
doesn’t know a certain kata, they can still practice/learn the
application taught (at some elementary level).
- Vital points are demonstrated, but NOT
practiced on a partner (in a few instances you may be asked to
pressure-point yourselves); weak (non-vital) points are used by mutually
- Partners choose each other, more-or-less
from the same gender, rank, built, age, etc, and you may change
partners, if you wish to, during the training or at water breaks.
- The intensity of throwing, joint-locking
and choking, is mutually agreed by each two partners.
- The aerobic intensity of the clinic is
quite below your typical karate class, but the clinic is almost 2˝ hours long,
therefore do expect a workout.
- Open to active (regularly training) members of a JKA club,
brown belt or above (purple with permission), and 16 years
- audience (non-training spectators) is also limited to the previous
group, or through permission of the TKC instructor.