Welcome to our website. These clubs were established in 2012 / 2013 and are under the instruction of Sensei C Gregory (5th Dan), who started karate at the age of 14. Our club members come from varied backgrounds and started karate for many different reasons eg. Fitness, Confidence, Discipline, Self Defence, Bullying or just social. Currently we have a good balance of adults (male and Female) and children from Beginner to Black Belts. Our clubs continue to grow with a good retention of students, families and individuals.
There are 3 key skills that we teach in our classes, which are breifly explained below, but there are also many other benefits to learning Karate:
Kihon (Basics) - These are individual or combinations of basic techniques that consist of Punching, Sriking, Blocking and Kicking. They can be performed in a stationary position or stepping in a stance. Below are a few basics that you will learn for your first grading.
Zenkutsu Dachi ---------- Front Stance
Choku Zuki ----------Straight Punch
Gyaku Zuki ---------- Reverse Punch
Oi Zuki ---------- Stepping Punch
Gedan Barai Uke ---------- Lower Level Block
Age Uke ---------- Upper Rising Block
Mae Geri ---------- Front Snap Kick
Kata (Form/Pattern) - A Kata consists of a combination of basic techniques performed in a set pattern. This is mainly practiced alone to allow the practitioner to visualise the enermy attacks, but you will also get an opportunity to test out an application of the kata with a partner, known as Bunkai. Below are the "Ten Elements of Kata".
Yoi No Kisin ---------- The spirit of getting ready.
Inyo ----------The active and passive.
Chikara No Kyojaku ---------- The Manner of using strength.
Waza No Kankyu ---------- The speed of movement.
Tai No shinshuku ---------- The degree of expansion and contraction.
Kokyu ---------- Breathing.
Tyakugan ---------- The aiming points.
Kiai ---------- Shouting.
Keitai No Hoji ---------- Correct Positioning.
Zanshin ---------- Remaining on guard.
Kumite (Sparring) - This part of our training is mostly practiced with a partner, which consists of pre-arranged techniques for both the attacker and blocker. Below are the different categories of sparring.
Go Hon Kumite ----------5 Attack Sparring
Sanbon Kumite ----------3 Attack Sparring
Kihon Ippon Kumite ---------- Basic 1 Attack Sparring (Sets 1-7)
Jiyu Ippon Kumite ---------- Semi Free 1 Step Sparring (Sets 1-7)
Okuri Jiyu Ippon Kumite ---------- Jiyu Ippon + 1 Free Attack
Jiyu Ippon ---------- Free Sparring
I have been training in Shotokan Karate for over 20 years and took part in my first beginners class at TISKA Stalbans, under the instruction of Mr K Coles. I took up Karate to improve my health and fitness, but mainly to increase my self confidence, which has helped me in many aspects of my life. In May 1999, I passed my grading for Black Belt (Shodan), which gave me a great sense of achievement and made me realise anything is possible if you put your heart into it. Below are a few key events of my life in Karate.
Shodan (1st Dan) --- 23/05/1999
Nidan (2nd Dan) --- 04/11/2001
Sandan (3rd Dan) --- 17/01/2006
Masters Course, Dubai --- Aug 2010
Yondan (4th Dan) --- 06/08/2010
Godan (5th Dan) --- 16/10/2016
Even after many years of doing Karate, there is always so much more to learn, so I keep up with regular training at our Hombu (Headquarters) with Chief Instructor, Sensei G Sahota (8th Dan). Karate has given me confidence, good health and fitness, discipline, knowledge to defend myself or others and I have also made a lot of friends too.Contact Club Instructor
"Hitotsu! Jinkaku Kansei Ni Tsutomuru Koto"
(One! To strive for the perfection of character)
"Hitotsu! Makoto No Michi O Mamoru Koto"
(One! To Defend the Paths of Truth)
"Hitotsu! Doryoku No Seishin O Yashinau Koto"
(One! To Foster the Spirit of Effort)
"Hitotsu! Reigi O Omonzuru Koto"
(One! To Honour the Principles of Etiquette)
"Hitotsu! Kekki No Yu O Imashimuru Koto"
(One! To Guard Against Impetuous Courage)
Beginners White Belt
10th Kyu Blue Belt
9th Kyu Red Belt
8th Kyu Orange Belt
7th Kyu Yellow Belt
6th Kyu Yellow with Green Tag
6th Kyu Green Belt
5th Kyu Int Green with Purple Tag
5th Kyu Purple Belt
4th Kyu Int Purple with White Tag
4th Kyu Purple/White Belt
3rd Kyu Int Purple/White with Brown Tag
3rd Kyu Brown Belt
2nd Kyu Int Brown with White Tag
2nd Kyu Brown/White Belt
1st Kyu Int Brown/White with Red Tag
1st Kyu Brown/Red Belt
1st Dan Int Brown/Black Belt
1st Dan Black Belt
The Intermediate grade is for juniors under the age of 14 years, apart from the 1st Dan Intermediate grade, which is for Juniors and Seniors
Karate = Empty Hand
Sensei = Teacher
Dojo = Training Hall
Gi = Training Uniform
Kiai = Shout
Rei = Bow
Yame = Stop
Yoi = Ready