​Our Classes
There are three elements of Karate, Kihon, Kata and Kumite.  All three are independent but inseparable and together form the art of Karate-do (The Way of Karate).

(Scroll down for details of a typical lesson)
  1. KIHON
    An emphasis on strong basics and fundamentals, or kihon, is at the heart of the Shotokan system. Kihon is the basic training techniques for the development of the correct use of the body. The repetitive practice of all of the basic techniques which when combined creates the fighting system of Karate. These basics include specific stances, strikes, kicks, and blocks, as well as proper breathing, body positioning and alignment, and the principles of body contraction and relaxation.
  2. KATA
    Kata is the heart of the fighting system. Through kata the knowledge is passed on from generation to generation, the kata are the text book of the art of Karate. It teaches breathing, tranquillity, security, rhythm, fighting spirit and power of decision. It is a classical way of learning based on the experiences of the battlefield. Kata, are sequences of prearranged movements designed to simulate specific attacks and defences against imaginary opponents. There are many kata in the Shotokan system, ranging from basic kihon kata to very advanced black belt kata
    Practical application with other karate students is called kumite, or sparring. There are various forms of kumite, including pre-arranged, one step, and free sparring. Proper distancing, timing, body shifting, balance and control are all learned through this practice. Specific rules of contact and control are strictly enforced to ensure safe training. Kumite is often translated as 'fight' but should be understood as a 'technique of meeting'. It is not a martial showdown to ascertain the stronger.
A Typical Lesson
If you have never tried a Martial Art before you may find the moves strange and they will take some getting use to .  When moves are executed in Karate we do so from set stances, you will be shown the correct positioning of your feet, legs, body and arms for each move.

You willhear people 'shouting', this is the Traditional Karate 'Kiai'.  At first when you try this you may beel self conscious, but it is an important part of developing 'Spirit', it also aids the development of power and mentaql focus when executing techniques.

During the lesson students do not speak, this ensures that everybody can maintain the high levels of concentration required.  Self-control is an important aspect of Karate that can be used in many different sitoutside of the dojo (training hall).

You will not be thrown in at the deep end and the instructing team will be pleased to talk about your development before and after lessons.  If you are not sure or are unhappy about somethingplease tell us.  Don't worry: Japanese terminology will be explained as you go along.  We want you to get the most out of your Karate and for Karate to become something that pervades your daily life.  Enjoy your training - the harder you train the more you will get from Karate.
The lesson begins with the traditional bow and the Dojo Kun (Training Precepts) is recited.
  • 10 minute warm up and stretching exercises.
  • Basic punching.
  • the instructors then structure the lesson around three main areas of Karate, these are:
    • Kihon - Basic moves are numberous but include punching, kicking and blocking.
    • Kata - A series of prearranged moves incoprporating punching, kicking and blocking.
    • Kumite - Paired drills that eventually, through graduated training, lead to free fighting.
  • The lesson ends with another formal bow (Bowing is part of Karate etiquette, it demonstrates respect for others).