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Karaté and Hyoshi® within psycho-motor re-education

Martial Arts have always been vectors for code of moral and values. They are part of our society, being practiced as leisure activities, daily sports or high level practice.

Their positive image has lead those to new areas such as primary school classes, secondary schools, university educations, throughout accurate requests supported by sport federations they belong to.

Furthermore, French care institutions like IME (Medico-social care centre for disabled children) ; ESAT (Medico-social care centre of work reintegration facility for disabled people ; ITEP (Care institute of psychological re-education therapy for children and teenagers)… offer those as mediation activities.

This practice is directly organised within these institutions by sports instructors graduated for these disciplines or with patients coming in clubs.

These mediation practices are prepared together with the multidisciplinary teams in order to answer precisely to the patient’s project.


Karaté and Hyoshi®

Originated from the will of a man, international champion of Karaté and humanist above all, Serge SERFATI created Hyoshi®.



Hyoshi® (meaning in Japanese "cadence" or "rhythm") is a martial gymnastics which brings physical and mental balance, essential for one’s well-being and performance.

Hyoshi® is being practiced with a program fitting with the expression of the body in a personalised performance combining choreography of both battle exercise and self-defence. It can suit to either men or women at any age and is adapted for all levels.


« Balance and efficiency lie in cadence, in rhythm…     That is what we call Hyoshi®, a subtle mix of martial, gestural aesthetics and human behaviours technics, all-in one organised in the most perfect coordination, such as a choreography combining cadence, rhythm and efficiency. »

Serge Serfati


Hyoshi® : Technique/Training that stimulates and harmonizes  the body and the mental attitude by the reinforcement of self-confidence towards a body-mind unity.  

The 4 mainstays of the Hyoshi® technique: Litheness, Energy, Breath, Strength ; for the balance of every one

The philosophy of the Hyoshi® technique : Better-being to be better.

The practice of Hyoshi® : an harmonious mix of martial arts, breathing technics and bodily rhythmics with the use of percussions.

Appropriate mediation activities

Karaté and Hyoshi® int the framework of psycho-motor re-education are tools in the aim of a care therapy. They offer the possibility to revolve the work method around a number of topics such as :

•    Aggressiveness, Restlessness.

•    Psycho-motor inhibition or behavioural, psychological inhibition.

•    Difficulties for school training.

•    Motor deficiencies in general.

•    Loss of spatial and temporal markers

They call for notions of perception :

Exteroceptive senses : tactile, visual, aural,  sensory informations.

Proprioceptive sense   : appealing the vestibular system (inner ear, required for the good balance of the stationary posture, the movements and the sensory-motor coordinations.


Some work topics :


•    The statics coordination : posture, attitude, bearing.

•    The movement coordination : instability, troubles of the motor function with appropriate paths, the work with co-partners.

•    The coordination of the motor function within movements : appropriate paths and moves.

•     The lateralisation : moves and work around the notion of space, use of the hemicorpus.

•    The grip : work with co-partner and/or with training material.

•    The duality in the way the exercises are proposed and the exchange of each body’s tonic expression and emotions that can emanate from it.

•    Facial expression and control of emotions : during the execution of the katas, in a gestural and the exercises in front of a “public”.

•   Body map consciousness and oneself’s own representation: exercises of appropriate gestural.

•    Self-image (narcissism) : valorisation within successful situations.

•     Space and time markers : markers during the séance ; during the exercises ; with the co-partners, with oneself.




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