FKU teaches Shito-ryu karate — a combination of styles originating from the Okinawan Naha and Shuri villages. The Naha-te style is characterized by steady and rooted movements with rhythmical breathing, whereas in Shuri-te, the feet travel more slowly on a crescent-shaped line. Our kata come from both styles. Where available, translations of the names are provided for the kata in the lists below.
FKU students begin as white belts. Progressing to the first colored belt requires learning the basic blocks and kicks. As a yellow belt, the student learns their first open-hand kata. From wikipedia, a kata is a “detailed choreographed pattern of martial arts movements made to be practised alone.” As a blue belt, the student begins their kobudo, or weapons, practice. Self-defense training and sparring practice round out the FKU curriculum.