Quite a few martial arts classes only have 1 hour lessons, and therefore after their warm ups their karate training has been reduced; especially if they warm up for a minimum of 20 minutes. However, we believe that a student should have a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes warm-up period; this prevents possible short and long term injury. The warm-ups are structured into three sections, first joint manipulation from head to toe. This is followed by warming up the large muscles, and finally into the stretching sections. This prepares the student for the type of movements that is taught in karate, some ballistic in nature. Then they have at least 1 hour for their karate training which is broken down into the curriculum as explained above. However, the Saturday’s Junior class is only 1 hour long, but they still get 20 to 30 minutes of warm up exercises as we think this is important to prevent possible injuries of our students!