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  • What is American Kaeru-Do Karate? American Kaeru-Do Karate, or AKDK, is described as a “modern traditional martial arts style” by founder Soke Gage Hanlon. Kaeru-Do Karate translates as “the way of change of the empty hand.” The style consists of some traditional techniques and philosophies found in Okinawan and Japanese Karate styles, but also techniques and philosophies found in other forms of martial arts. Some of the major contributing systems (other than various Karate styles) influencing AKDK are: Judo, Brazilian-Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Tae Kwon Do, while other less contributing, yet still important, martial arts influencing AKDK are: Jeet Kune Do, Hapkido, Tai Chi, Aikido, and Capoeira (the “traditional” side of AKDK). AKDK is not one of the original styles of Karate, is an American style, was officially founded in 2011, and has influence from Sport Karate, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), street survival, as well as Soke Gage Hanlon’s own philosophical standpoints on martial arts (the “modern” side of AKDK.) AKDK’s curriculum is based on Karate traditional kata and traditional bo kata, but with other key curriculum aspects from other styles, such as: one-steps (Tae Kwon Do); contemporary kata, contemporary weapons kata, and competition sparring (Sport Karate); and basic training in Judo, Muay Thai, Capoeira, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (MMA). Though basing itself as an American Karate style, AKDK includes various martial arts trainings and philosophies to help its practitioners become more well-rounded martial artists, both for competition and real life.
  • What do some of these words mean? There are many terms used in the martial arts that can be very confusing, so here are some used throughout the website and classes, and the American Kaeru-Do Karate definition of them:
    • Soke – “head of the family”; founder of a karate style or chosen inheritor of the style
    • Hanshi – “model of The Way”; someone considered a role model for AKDK
    • Kyoshi – “philosopher of The Way”; someone who has mastered the philosophies of AKDK
    • Renshi – “expert of The Way”; someone who has mastered the techniques of AKDK
    • Sensei – teacher
    • Senpai – senior student of the class or dojo
    • Karateka – a student of karate
    • Mudansha – a student of karate who has not attained Black Belt rank
    • Yudansha – a student of karate who has attained Black Belt rank; Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, Godan
    • Kudansha – a student of karate who has attained senior Black Belt rank;  Rokudan, Shichidan, Hachidan, Kudan, Judan
    • Dojo – a karate school or training hall
    • Bushido – The Way of the Warrior; philosophies and mindset of samurai warriors
    • Kyu – the term used for Mudansha ranks
    • Dan – the term used for Yudansha and Kudansha ranks

 

  • How do you know what to call one of the Black Belts? Depending on their rank, many different names or titles are used:
    • A Black Belt who does not hold a Title Rank
      • In informal conversation or reference: “Mr.” or “Ms.” or “Mrs.”, followed by their last name (ex: Mr. Smith)
      • In formal conversation or reference: “Mr.” or “Ms.” or “Mrs.”, followed by their first and last name (ex: Ms. Samantha Harrison)
    • A Black Belt who holds the Title Rank Sensei
      • In informal conversation or reference: “Sensei” followed by their last name, unless specified otherwise (ex: Sensei Parker)
      • In formal conversation or reference: “Sensei” followed by their first and last name (ex: Sensei Ryan Anderson)
    • A Black Belt who holds the Title Rank Renshi, Kyoshi, or Hanshi
      • In informal conversation or reference: “Sensei” followed by their last name, unless specified otherwise
      • In formal conversation or reference: “[Title]” followed by their first and last name
    • Sensei Gage Hanlon
      • In informal conversation or reference: “Sensei Gage”
      • In formal conversation or reference: “Renshi Gage Hanlon”
      • In formal reference about AKDK’s history: “Soke Gage Hanlon”

 

  • What are Sensei Gage’s Black Belt achievements? Sensei Gage has studied various arts, whether academically, physically, or both. Here are his Black Belt rank achievements, the school or organization he earned them from, and who awarded him those ranks thus far:
    • 1st Dan: American Chung Do Kwan Limited’s Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do – Master Eric Buehre and Master Tom Buehre
    • 2nd Dan: White Tiger Karate’s Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do – Sensei Jon Williams
    • Nidan: Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Organization’s Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate – Shihan John Roseberry
    • 3rd Dan: Action Martial Arts Organization’s American Karate-Do – Chief Master Edwin Alejandro
    • Sandan: Gilkey’s Bushido Goju-Ryu Karate’s Japanese Goju-Ryu Karate – Grand Master Earl Gilkey
  • My child and I have had previous training in martial arts, is that a problem? Absolutely not. Universal Sport Karate opens its doors to all, both beginners and experienced members of the martial arts community. All that is asked of martial artists with previous experience is to keep an open mind when training American Kaeru-Do Karate at USK. Based on various standards set by USK and AKDK with experienced martial artists, you and your child may be privy to unique training options.

 

  • Are contracts required to participate in classes? Contracts are not a requirement, but they are an option. Universal Sport Karate understands that sometimes life is too unpredictable to dedicate a specific amount of time to martial arts training. However, if you and your child are ready to make a serious commitment to USK and the American Kaeru-Do Karate system, rewards based on the term of your contract are available.
  • How do I get my child and I started? Universal Sport Karate has a “try it before you buy it” mentality with its programs; a free Introductory Class is offered for anyone interested before asking for any kind of commitment, just to make sure the program fits you and your child’s expectations.

 

  • What happens once my child and I reach Black Belt rank? Many believe that Black Belt rank is the ultimate goal in terms of rank achievement. The road to Black Belt, although a formidable one, is not the end of the journey one takes in martial arts. After reaching Black Belt, a martial artist’s training truly begins. Rank wise, there are ten degrees of Black Belt one should try to earn, as well as a variety of Title Ranks along the way. Most importantly, however, is to always strive to better oneself before worrying about rank.

If there are any questions that the website cannot answer for you, you wish to inquire about classes, demos, and seminars, or would like to tell us how we’re doing, feel free to contact us via the Contact form, our Facebook page, or by calling Sensei Gage at 402-699-6152.




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