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philosophy encompasses the principle of “if it works, use it” and as such, contains elements of a variety of other martial arts. dragon_small
(meaning “the best of everything in progression”) and its elements include, self defence moves, katas, and strike work. Although sofma is considered a form of karate, it also contains elements of Thai kickboxing where the student is taught to fight in a Thai kickboxing stance and to use all of its techniques.
uses katas as a form of discipline during training and these katas have been selected for the aid in rudimentary development of stances and techniques.
i also places a large emphasis on grabs and holds and other general close combat techniques which make sofma suited to practical defence situations.
sofma follows a distinct hierarchy, a philosophy and also the promotion of the ethical code of Bushido sofma schools place emphasis on self defence but do not promote fighting or violence.
|White Belts||Character development program – Basic defence against punches or being grabbed, pad work, full explanation of a fitness and flexibility program, legal ramifications of using Martial Arts, introduction to philosophy of Martial Arts.|
|Yellow Belts||Basic defences against being kicked, plus punch defence drills and slight increase in fitness component.|
|Orange/Blue Belts||Mixed punch and kick defence drills plus sparring practice in a controlled and safe atmosphere to facilitate learning and confidence. Also includes pad work, kickboxing drills.|
|Green Belts||Introduction to foundation kata (theory), sparring, advanced kickboxing drills, pad work, multiple opponent defence, 8 angle attack defence, basic shoot wrestling (ground fighting).|
|Brown/black Belts||Open hand sparring, ground fighting, advanced kata, reflex training and drill work for all requirements taught so far.|