Karate instruction today is commonly done in a very superficial manner, you learn the basics blocks, punches, strikes and kicks. Then you learn how to apply them in a sparing environment. You may learn kata or forms, but you won’t learn what they mean beyond the obvious. This is not the way it is meant to be taught. Yes we do all the above, but while we are doing that you are learning what things really mean, and how to apply them in the traditional and very effective way. We also teach how to understand movement and why you need it. The kata which is the backbone of karate learning is a series of moves that means something, actually each move has many different applications. These moves in the kata or form have striking or karate applications and they also have jiujitsu or throwing applications. In fact when you really look close and study the movements you see, joint locks, throws, strikes, kicks, blocks, sweeps, chokes, and so much more including multiple attackers. So just learning how to kick, punch, block (what most people understand as karate) is very elementary.