Distance Education


From Ashihara Karate's Director - Shihan Hoosain Narker
& his team of Black Belts!

Not Just Video Tapes, But A Complete Learning System
Learn what it takes to become a Black Belt in Ashihara Karate in your own home, at your own pace!

Used by instructors and students alike with great success in over 30 countries world wide. FIFTEEN* great video tapes (DVD) give you endless techniques, forms, philosophy, strategy and dynamics of this fighting art in a step by step learning format (including the names of techniques in Japanese for the serious student). Nowhere else in the world is this information available formatted as it is in this easy to learn Beginners to Black Belt, 15 tape video system. These tapes were designed to guide your progress as you watch moves over and over or frame by frame in slow motion as you practice them.

1. Distance Education.
Due to numerous requests from all over the world, we have started a correspondence or home study course, which means that students study at home in their own time using course materials designed and developed by A.K.I. Although this form of education has been around, new and exciting methodology is being developed at a breathtaking pace. When you study at home, you need more than excellent study material and efficient administrative services. You also need support and encouragement to keep you motivated. Our headquarters are there to deal with any questions or problems that students may encounter.

Here's how the course works: Once you join our team, you'll receive the STUDY GUIDES, a Sabaki video and a Blue Belt video tape. Study it and when you feel you are comfortable with the material, we will arrange for a "correspondent" test where you'll send us a video of you performing the basic requirements. Kaicho Narker will review your tape and send you back his comments. No video course is a complete substitute for a qualified licensed instructor and even though personal training is more effective, our program can be utilised for maximum benefit.

As you pass each level (we have 8 in all) you will receive a certificate for each. Our 8 Kyu system contains requirements for striking, kicking, forms, sparring, street defence, and much more.

(PLEASE NOTE: Instructors wishing to become certified, contact our office for specific details.)

2. We've been around for over 25 Years.
It is with pride that we can tell of a rich history back to 1980. Through the years we have taken a leading role in the development of students both physically, mentally and academically through various training courses which has enabled many thousands of students to successfully achieve their goals.

3. Video testing and introduction.
This method of tuition has many benefits:

* It means that you can enrol on the course at any time of the year from anywhere in the world.

* Furthermore, it means that you progress through the course at your own pace, skimming through aspects you find easy and spending more time on the difficult parts.

* No classes to attend, you can't be held back nor left behind by "the rest of the class". You devote as much, or as little time as you wish on your studies. You set the pace. However, it is recommended to have a training partner. This will speed up the development.

* We have developed a series of videos to enrich the learning experience and to provide for the special needs of students learning at home.

4. We are located in South Africa.
Cape Town in fact, is arguably one of the most Beautiful Cities in the World.

5. We're technologically advanced.
Every facet of A.K.I. makes use of modern technology like computers, modems, faxes, the internet, etc to enhance the service we provide for our students. Students progress is accurately controlled, every contact made by every student is diligently recorded for reference to ensure that we are able to maintain our standards for delivering fast, effective communication.

6. Study Material.
Our study material will be constantly reviewed to make sure the content is up-to-date and appropriate to changing needs. The easy to use video makes the material easy to follow. You can train at home and incorporate these strategies and tactics easily into your current workout. Study this very exclusive series of tapes and discover the impact Hoosain Narker and Ashihara Karate will have on your confidence and training.

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6.1. Video Learning.
As part of your course, a series of video tapes will be made available in which all basics and techniques are shown in detail. You train accordingly and in this way, a level of standardisation can be maintained.

6.2. Various Handbook's.
As part of your course, a series of handbook's which includes the Student Handbook, Preparing for Black Belt Manual, Kata Guide and the Teaching Manual will also be made available.

6.3. Video Testing.
For testing purposes you must submit a video tape of yourself performing the requirements as per the videos and student handbook. The headquarters will review such tape, analyse and evaluate your performance and then forward its comments back to you. Upon completion of the requirements, which also includes a theory test, appropriate certification will be issued. Test in person or by video to 1st Kyu. Black Belt test must be done in person at our dojo, camp or seminar and or by an authorised instructor.

6.4. Follow-Up
Follow up training will occur through Seminars & Camps in member countries and communication via the Internet and our ever expanding Web Site.

7. Travel costs.
Travel costs are minimised as no longer does anyone have to travel all the time to rectify techniques and forms. All an instructor or student has to do is slip the tape into a VCR to see for themselves what the correct performance of the technique is.

8. Administrative services.
Your registration will be processed as soon as we receive it so that you can start your studies immediately. We guarantee prompt response to all your queries, whether they are written, telephonic or through electronic mail (e-mail).

9. Where to reach us by conventional means.
Of course you can reach us right this minute if you want to by sending us e-mail info@ashiharakarate.org , but if you prefer to send us a letter then mail it to:

A.K.I., P.O. Box 117, Retreat, 7965, Cape Town, South Africa,

or if you want to fax something to us send it to: +27 21 7011701,

and if you want to speak to us over the telephone, dial: +27 21 7011701.

10. Course content.
The videos feature Ashihara karate taught a belt level at a time. Each tape incorporates material for 1 grade of the kyu level.

11. Cost.
One of our aims in creating this form of learning is to be able to offer an entire system of KARATE at a VERY AFFORDABLE PRICE.


A) REGISTRATION A - $50 This includes membership to Ashihara Karate International and a copy of the Student Handbook, Kata Guide, Preparing for Black Belt Manual and Teaching Manual. (Note - tapes to be purchased separately)

B) REGISTRATION B - $100 (Includes video's)

1. Handbooks and Guides ( 4 ).

2. Membership to A.K.I.

3. Sabaki Video Tape/DVD.

4. 8th Kyu Blue Belt video tape/DVD.

5. Logo and Calligraphy badge of Ashihara Karate.


The cost per video is $34.95 plus $10.00 for postage and packing.

Tape 1 - Sabaki - The Ultimate Strategy.

Tape 2 - 8th Kyu Blue Belt.

Tape 3 - 7th Kyu Blue Belt.

Tape 4 - 6th Kyu Yellow Belt.

Tape 5 - Basics

Tape 6 - Practical Applications

Tape 7 - 5th Kyu Yellow Belt.*

Tape 8 - 4th Kyu Green Belt.*

Tape 9 - 3rd Kyu Green Belt.*

Tape 10 - 2nd Kyu Brown Belt.*

Tape 11 - 1st Kyu Brown Belt.*

Tape 12 - Black Belt.*

Tape 13 - Kata Part 1. *

Tape 14 - Kata Part 2.*

Tape 15 - Kata Part 3.*

Tape 16 - Streetwise Self defence.*

Tape 17 - Tournament preparation.*

Tape 18 - Refereeing.*

Tape 19 - Ashihara Ground Work/Anti Grappling.*

* Note that the tapes marked * are still under production!

** Note that the price of the video's includes testing and certification fee for Kyu grades.

*** It is recommended, to those who are starting on the Distance Education program, to obtain tapes 1-2. This coupled with the various manuals, will give the student the proper guidelines for studying at home.

*** Note that the video tapes may be purchased without enrolling on the Distance Education Program.

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