Dan Paterson, of the Orange County Karate Club, offers Karate For Adults at Peaceful Hands Yoga. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
Before you skip ahead because you think that Karate is an aggressive, contact sport that’s not for you … I think you will find that Dan’s Karate program is a natural companion to Yoga.
Dan is a 6th degree black belt who has been practicing for 30 years and teaching for the past 15. Dan also does Yoga, so he knows first-hand how the rich traditions of these two practices complement each other.
“Traditional Karate is often misunderstood,” he says. “Traditional Karate is not aggressive, it is definitely not offensive. The study of traditional Karate for me, and what I hope to bring to my students, is increased self-confidence not only through increased physical ability and applied self-defense, but also through the building of self-confidence to meet and conquer life’s everyday challenges. I think yoga and karate have much in common.”
Dan’s classes focus on the Okinawan martial art style called Isshinryu (One Heart Way). Learning the art primarily takes the form of learning Katas, prearranged sequences of movements. His one-hour classes include a routine of light warm-up, practice of basic movements, and the study of Kata and self-defense application.
Dan focuses on both the physical benefits of Karate, as well as the benefits the practice can have on the mind and spirit. His classes are appropriate for men and women.
Most Karate schools are oriented toward youth and geared toward rank advancement and tournament competition. “I wanted to create a dojo (school) that focused on adapting Karate training for adults like myself who are interested in the tradition, history, physical movements, and spiritual aspects of the practice,” Dan says. “This means emphasis on physical conditioning, study of Kata (prearranged forms), tactical strategies to avoid conflict, and how best to react if met with an unavoidable physical threat. I picked the name Orange County Karate Club specifically to cultivate a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.”
“It’s never too late to start. Karate, like Yoga, is a journey. For me, the focus is on the journey, not the destination. Any increase in physical conditioning, situational awareness, and, lastly, applied self-defense can only serve to improve one’s confidence.”
Dan is a member of, and certified instructor with, the Isshinryu Okinawan Traditional Karate Association (IOTKA).
Your first Karate class is free. Class fees: $10/class drop-in or enjoy a discount if you sign up for the eight-week Karate session: $55/one Karate class weekly or $110/two Karate classes weekly.
For more information, contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org