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KARATE CLASSES

WHAT IS KARATE?

The history of Karate is shrouded in mystery. As far back as 1368, empty hand combat training was practised in Okinawa- China- India and it was not until 1915 that Karate as it is now known was brought to Japan from Okinawa. The person responsible for the introduction of Karate to Japan was Okinawan Master Gichin Funakoshi, an Educationalist with a strong desire to teach Karate as a means of character and spiritual development.

 

Between 1915-1936, Funakoshi and other great Masters developed their various styles of Karate and eventually Funakoshi named his style Shotokan. There are numerous styles of Karate practised all over the world, each style emphasising something different. Shotokan is a traditional, powerful style dedicated to discipline and character development.

Senior Karate classes:

Mondays: All grades in large dogo, beginners only in the small dojo. 

Wednesdays:  8th kyu and above.

Fridays, Saturdays:
All grades

JUNIOR KARATE
Martial Arts Instructor Teaching a Karate Student at The Budokwai in London, UK

JUNIOR SHOTOKAN KARATE

Junior Karate classes taught at the Budokwai are specifically aimed at children aged 6-12 years. Those aged 12+ are encouraged to attend the Senior Beginner class which welcomes children of 12+ and those younger if they are of a higher grade.

 

Junior Karate classes are taught by our experienced instructors and are specially designed to guide children through the first three grades of karate- 9th Kyu (Orange Belt), 8th Kyu (Red Belt) and 7th Kyu (Yellow belt), predominately through the practise of kata. Once children achieve higher grades than these they are welcome to attend the senior classes with the other children of higher grades. For a full list of the grades and information on the grading process see the Karate Gradings Section.

Beginners are invited to join anytime, and are carefully taught and guided so they learn and achieve at their own pace in a fun and enjoyable environment.

A typical class structure consists of the following:

  • Basics- The practise of basic techniques- punching, kicking, blocking and stances.
  • Kata -A series of set movements in a specific shape/form. Each grade has a specific kata of which is an integral part of the grading system.
  • Kumite- Practising with a partner. For our Junior Karate section, this will be simple and rehearsed in order to get children used to the structure. Basic self defence will be incorporated for all grades.
SENIOR BEGINNER KARATE
Karate Students Practicing at The Budokwai Martial Arts Club in London, UK

BEGINNERS SHOTOKAN KARATE

At the Budokwai classes for beginners in Karate are taught twice weekly. If you have never done Karate before the Budokwai is a perfect place to learn. Our instructors are highly qualified and are there to guide you from complete novice to advanced. Shotokan karate is incredibly structured, and with this students will be able to develop at their own pace through the different grades. For information on Karate Gradings see Karate Grading section.


All of our classes follow a set structure to which students follow, and a Shotokan karate lesson consists of three parts;

  • Basics - the practise of basic techniques- punching, kicking, blocking and stances. Your knowledge of this will continually increase over time and as you move up the grade system.
  • Kata - A series of set moves in a specific shape/form. Each grade has a specific kata which is an integral part of the grading system.
  • Kumite - Practising with a partner. For lower grades this will be simple and rehearsed, and as a student becomes more experiences free sparring is gradually introduced. Basic self defence will also be incorporated for all grades.

HOW A CLASS STARTS AND FINISHES

At the start of every lesson students should form multiple lines facing the instructor, with the highest grade standing on the right hand side, and the lowest grade on the left.

  1. The instructor will stand in front of the class with their back to students, and the highest grade in the class will announce “shomen-Ni-Rei”- everyone bows (feet together hands by side)
  2. The instructor turns around to face the class; highest grade announces “Sensei-Ni-Rei”. Everyone bows saying “oss” at the same time.
  3. The highest grade announces “Otagai-Ni-Rei”. Everyone bows saying “oss” at the same time.
The lesson will finish in the same way, however before the first bow the highest grade or instructor will call out the “Dojo Code” which all students will repeat
INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED
Karate Students at The Budokwai Martial Arts Club in London, UK

SHOTOKAN KARATE

The history of Karate is shrouded in mystery. As far back as 1368 empty hand combat training was practised in Okinawa- China- India and it was not until 1915 that Karate as it is now known was brought to Japan from Okinawa. The person responsible for the introduction of Karate to Japan was Okinawan Master Gichin Funakoshi, an Educationalist with a strong desire to teach Karate as a means of character and spiritual development.

 

Between 1915-1936 Funakoshi and other great Masters developed their various styles of Karate and eventually Funakoshi named his style Shotokan, he also formed the Japan Karate Association which now represents millions of practitioners throughout the world. In England the Japan Karate Association is headed by Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th dan, who is also the chief Karate instructor at Budokwai.

 

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED CLASSES

The Budokwai holds classes four times a week that are available for all students of intermediate and advanced level. To be considered of intermediate level you must be at least a 7th kyu.

All of our classes follow a set structure to which students follow, and a Shotokan karate lesson consists of three parts;

  • Basics - the practise of basic techniques; punching, kicking, blocking and stances. Your knowledge of this will continually increase over time and as you move up the grade system.
  • Kata - A series of set moves in a specific shape/form. Each grade has a specific kata.
  • Kumite - Practising with a partner. For lower grades this will be simple and rehearsed, and as a student becomes more experiences free sparring is gradually introduced. Basic self defence will also be incorporated for all grades.

DOJO ETTIQUETTE

  1. Bow when entering and leaving the dojo
  2. Address any instructor as “Sensei” whilst in the dojo
  3. “Oss” is a sign of respect and is generally used in Karate particularly in the following situations;
           a) Upon receiving any advice or instruction from the instructor the student normally answers “oss”
           b) When bowing to a partner; and
           c) In any other appropriate situation ( for example during classes)
  4. Nobody may leave the class without first obtaining permission from the instructor before the class begins.
  5. Any student arriving late must take up a kneeling position at the front of the Dojo and await permission from the instructor before joining the class. On receiving permission, bow and then join the class.
  6. Gi’s (karate suits) must be kept clean and in good condition.
  7. Fingers and toenails must be kept short and clean.
  8. Jewellery must not be worn during training. If you cannot remove a ring then wrap tape around it.
  9. Students must not use their skills in any offensive way outside the Dojo.
  10. Students should attempt to train twice a week, plus practise at home.

    


 

MEMBERSHIP & CLASS FEES

ALL WISHING TO TRAIN AT THE BUDOKWAI EITHER AS A MEMBER OR VISITOR MUST HAVE A VALID KARATE LICENCE AND PRESENT IT TO THE RECEPTIONIST UPON PAYMENT. THIS EXCLUDES THE FIRST CLASSES FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS.

 

Junior Karate Annual Membership


£70

Senior Karate Annual Membership


£80

Junior Fees


£7.50
Per Class

Senior Fees


£7.50
Per Class

Junior Visitors Fee


£10
Per Class

Senior Visitors Fee


£10
Per Class

 

Children are welcome to come along and try a class before they join by paying the visitors fee. If they do not have their own Karate gi (outfit) they are welcome to just come along in tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt.

 

To become a member of the Budokwai Junior Karate section, simply come along to the club to fill out a membership form and pay the appropriate fee. Members are also required to be members of the Japan Karate Association. Forms can be obtained from the office or from the JKA website www.jka-england.org. See Karate Grading section for more detail. Karate gis can also be purchased from Sensei Ohta.

 

<< Schedule for Thu 11 Feb 2016 - Wed 17 Feb 2016 >>


Date:


Thu 11 Feb 2016
Class
Instructor
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Senior Karate
5:20 pm - 6:20 pm Junior Karate

Fri 12 Feb 2016
Class
Instructor
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Senior Karate

Sat 13 Feb 2016
Class
Instructor
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Junior Karate
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Senior Karate (no beginners)

Sun 14 Feb 2016
Class
Instructor
no scheduled classes or training sessions

Mon 15 Feb 2016
Class
Instructor
5:20 pm - 6:20 pm Junior Karate
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Senior Karate
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Senior Karate Beginners

Tue 16 Feb 2016
Class
Instructor
no scheduled classes or training sessions

Wed 17 Feb 2016
Class
Instructor
5:20 pm - 6:20 pm Junior Karate
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Senior Karate 8th Kyu plus
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Senior Karate Brown & Black Belts