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Intro to Applied Karate with Jordan Giarratano (Seattle)

Intro to Applied Karate: Embodied Clinching, Close-Range Striking, and Limb Control

Sat Jun 2, 2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Fighting Chance Seattle, 98107

BOOK YOUR PLACE: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thedojocoach/165774


Join us for a one-day intensive workshop to deepen your understanding of the practical self-defense roots of traditional karate through an embodied exploration of the application and analysis (bunkai) of the principles and movements of the kata.

For kyu/gup (color belt) ranks, a minimum of twelve to eighteen months karate experience and a familiarity with the Pinan/Heian/Pyong Ahn and Naihanchi/Tekki kata is required.


Philosophy and Method

The focus of this workshop is to embody, rather than perform, the techniques and tactics of the karate kata. We'll work through variations and adaptations of a limited number of techniques in context, developing bodyfeel and an intuitive understanding of each method.

Morning Session

We'll start our day with embodiment drills to calibrate the touch-sensitivity required for successful grappling. Our primary focus will be understanding the wide range of applications of the shuto-uke (knife hand), basic standing grappling positions and grips, and entering/disengaging from the clinch.

Afternoon Session

We'll explore the nuances of limb control, transitions, and close-range striking within the clinch via one of Iain Abernethy's Naihanchi/Tekki flow drills, first learning the principles, and then adapting them based on varying contexts (self-defense, sport, self-cultivation).

What to Expect

We aim to create a safe, fun, and friendly atmosphere for training. Seminars bring together karateka of various shapes, sizes, ages, and skill levels to work together as training partners and learn from one another.The safety-practices and communication skills required to work with close-range striking, clinching, and grappling techniques are as much a part of our method as the physical techniques.



9:30 am - 10:00 am         Sign-in & Welcome

10:00 am - 1:00 pm         Morning Session

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm           Lunch (Provided)

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm           Afternoon Session

Community is a core value of our approach at Fighting Chance Seattle. In addition to training, we'll have time to make friends and connect with one another and you're welcome to arrive early to settle into the space and meet some of the other participants.


Lunch will be a fresh salad bar catered by Evergreens, if you have any specific dietary issues please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs.

What to Wear

Wearing a gi is ideal for this training as we will be pulling on collars and sleeves. Please bring a water bottle. All other equipment will be supplied.

About Instructor Jordan Giarratano

"I have no hesitation recommending Jordan Giarratano to anyone wanting high-quality self-protection or martial arts instruction. His earnest desire to help his students grow in confidence and ability is clear in all he does. Jordan is a teacher who gets it on all levels. There are not many like him." - Iain Abernethy

Jordan Giarratano is the founder and head instructor of Fighting Chance Seattle, a karate, kickboxing, and self-defense dojo. He's trained in martial arts since 1994, holding a 3rd degree black belt in karate. He's a certified master instructor under the Fighting Chance Self-Defense Association, a certified introductory instructor under Iain Abernethy, and a certified personal trainer (NASM, 2012).

Jordan has appeared on Good Morning America and in the Seattle Times to provide self-defense strategies. He continues his own training in consent and boundary-setting, conflict resolution, martial arts, and practical self-defense with a variety of internationally-recognized instructors.


Fighting Chance Seattle, 98107

BOOK YOUR PLACE: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thedojocoach/165774