Memorial Seminar for Sensei Kim

Sensei Hackworth in Florida announced a memorial seminar for Sensei Kim the weekend of September 25,2015 with Steve Ubl Sensei teaching. All proceeds to the memorial fund named:  “Sensei Sonny Kim”  that has been set up at PNC Bank. More information to follow.


Lesson Planning

How to complete the lesson plans: 

Click the Lesson Plan title to down load the Lesson Plan form, which is a Microsoft Word document.

Think through the following components of your lesson for class preparation.
Objectives: (What objectives do you have for the class?)

Layout of the class (What methods are you going to employ to complete your objectives?)

Technical Detail (What specific technical details will you teach?)
Student Exercises (What exercises will the students practice to gain a fuller understanding of the points of your teaching?)
 Analogies (What analogies will you use to help students gain a fuller understanding of the points of your teaching ?)

Physical Demonstration (What physical demonstration will you use to enhance the student's understanding of the points you're making?)
Equipment Needed (What equipment will you need to enhance the student's understanding of the points you're making?)

Once you are ready, complete the Lesson Plan form, email the form to Sensei Kim atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for evaluation and scoring.

Inclusive Lessons
Inclusive lessons are good and important because here, a student will be able to experience karate at the main three focal points, kihon kata and kumite. Attempt should be made though not over-do and do too much in one lesson. It’s also vital as an instructor to make a clear distinction between skill levels in your class, if indeed your classes are mixed grade. Black belts will not advanced if you’re teaching only very basic karate, and like wise, beginners won’t keep up with totally freestyle karate. A balance and distinction is essential.

Inclusive lessons can work well because you can take a karate technique, e.g Age uke, and make the student appreciate how this technique can be used across the three focus areas. In kihon you may want to teach the technical details of the block, in kata its traditional application and in kumite its free style application. (View PDF file)

Kata – Long term Study
The beauty of a long-term kata study is that you can build a student’s knowledge and skill of the kata over a long period of time, enabling them to fully understand the process of practice kata. It’s a good idea to have a strong plan for you to follow when teaching kata over a long period, so the student builds upon the foundation laid firstly in kihon training, but also in the kata lesson before. (View PDF file)

Kata – Short term Study
Short term study of kata, involves condensing a lot of information, usually into one lesson. This is not really advised for the junior grade, but for black belts, this can be a way of effectively introducing them into different kata. Attention to practicing the kata however must be done over a longer space of time, to ensure the student firstly remembers the kata, and secondly takes full advantage of the lessons taught by that kata. (View PDF file)

Kihon Waza (
View PDF file )

This Lesson plan is aimed primarily at the teaching of Gohon-Kumite, Sanbon-Kumite, Ippon-Kumite, Jiyu-ippon kumite and Jiyu kumite. (View PDF file)

Class Notes
This is just a very simple set out for you to write out what you have been taught, so in time, if you re-read your notes you can refresh yourself with old information and exercise your memory. This may also be useful for instructors to compile their knowledge. Note at the bottom you’ll find a ‘Keyword’ section. This maybe useful if you need to quick reference your notes. (View PDF file)

Thematic Study
At times, it’s the intention of the instructor, rather than teach a technique, kata or kumite, but rather to make the class understand a concept or idea. Therefore, understanding and being able to teach thematic classes is very important. Here, rather than teach a literal class, you use the elements of kihon, kata and kumite to emphasis the points you are making. (View PDF file)

For example, If the Instructor wants to teach the ‘Timing’ of Karate, then exploring the theme through kumite and kata may be an interesting way to experience the different examples of timing within karate. With the same idea, if the instructor wants to teach hip rotation, exploring this theme through kihon exercises and within kumite may be a valuable approach.

Testing Practice
This Lesson plan is aimed primarily at the teaching of test routines in kihon, kata and kumite. Focusing on correct technique and fighting spirit for Kyu and Dan ranks. (View PDF file)


Memorial Fund name:  
“Sensei Sonny Kim”

A Memorial Fund name:  “Sensei Sonny Kim” has been set up at PNC Bank.Deposits can be made at any PNC bank in the Tri-State or contributions can be mailed to the dojo and we will make the deposits. We will have a box at the dojo for donations as well. There are other fundraising efforts going on, such as the Police Fund and the Japanese Karate-Do fund.
We are not in competition, but in partnership in helping the Kim family.

Sonny Kim Sensei's Family Fundraiser


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All funds raised will be paid directly to Jessica Kim for Sonny Kim Sensei's Family Fund.


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