Why should a child learn a Martial Art?

Why should a child learn a Martial Art?

Why should a child learn a Martial Art? – In today’s society, knowing a Martial Art is something that everyone should know for fitness for health and for self-protection.  For children, Martial Arts means many different things depending upon the reason that both...
My Martial Arts

My Martial Arts

I have been trying to write a blog about my Martial Arts as an introduction for you all and I am really struggling. I have so much I would like to tell you about how much my Martial Arts means to me, what it has done for both myself and my son and how it has taken...
Child Development in the Martial Arts

Child Development in the Martial Arts

Children’s development in the Martial Arts This can be a contentious subject with many different views, the best proven by study, others by ‘gut feel.’ At our Basingstoke school for Martial Arts we take the view that kids aren’t simply small...
Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020

We’d like to thank all of our friends and members for their support during this interesting year and for lots of good training during the course of the year. We are closed for classes from Saturday 19th December and will reopen on Sunday 3rd January. We all look...
FREE Beginners online Karate course

FREE Beginners online Karate course

Are you looking for some free activities to stay stay fit and healthy for you or your children? Sport England have provided guidance on how you can #stayinworkout and we are pleased to play a part in that Our Karate club in Basingstoke is pleased to offer a FREE...
Summer Holiday Closure

Summer Holiday Closure

Summer ClosureWe are closure from Monday 17th August for our annual summer holidays and will reopen on Tuesday 1st September.Send us some photos or videos of you training at home, so that we can see what you’ve been working on. Don’t forget you can access...
Gradings July 2020

Gradings July 2020

Congratulations to all of our members who passed last weekend, their latest belts in push towards their Martial Arts goal of becoming a Black Belts. We had members from Karate, Kung Fu and Kickboxing grading (Our Judo one will be later in the Autumn) attempting their...
School Closure

School Closure

With the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we think it is wise to follow the latest government advice from last night, so with a heavy heart we have decided to close the Academy. We have not taken this decision lightly, but at this time we believe it is in the...
Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

Dear members, coaches, volunteers and family members, We want to update you on our current situation regarding Covid-19 and the precautions that we have been and are taking. We are closely monitoring all current government advice and will continue to do so and update...
Official Opening Day

Official Opening Day

Sunday 1st March 1pm – 4pm Come along and join when the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane officially opens our new Martial Arts Centre in Basingstoke. Lots of exciting activities and demonstrations to watch or try plus some great competitions to enter. Teas, Coffees and...
New Martial Arts training Facilities

New Martial Arts training Facilities

The Dojo is readyWe are pleased to announce that the move to the new facilities for our Martial Arts Club is complete and we are ready to start teaching our various Martial Arts again from the 2nd January.We’ve been hard at work over the Christmas period getting...

Black Friday Sale

Friday 29th November We are offering a Black Friday sale on excess Martial Arts equipment along with Martial Arts classes for both Children and adults. The items will be available on our website only in the Store section. https://basingstokekarate.com/store-2/  We are...

UK Open Karate Competition 2019

Members from the club took part in the UK Open Karate competition in The University of East London. This is always a good event with a high standard of refereeing and competitors. It is one of the highlights of our Karate competition calendar for our squad.Essam...

Reflections of a Martial Artist

Reflections of a CoachIt’s been a busy day so far, training at Aikido seminar with Neil Saunders Sensei, 6th Dan in Yoshinkan Aikido. It was good practice ready for Jizerka 2019 with Mustard Sensei and Thambu Sensei. I’ve sat by a lake for a few hours...

Does experience matter?

Does experience matter? From time to time that old chestnut pops up on the internet about people who are n’t Black belts teaching Martial Arts and whether this is an acceptable approach or not. The main thrust of the two arguments are:- You don’t need to be a Black...

1st Martial Arts Club to achieve Makaton friendly status

  We are pleased to announce that we have become the first Martial Arts club in the Country to be awarded “Makaton Friendly status.” This is an important award for us as it highlights our commitment to being an inclusive sports club for our community....

Success or Not

Being a Martial Artist we learn and practice discipline and an ethos of self reliance to help us further our physical and emotional skills. We can work with coaches that are the best in the world, train with the best students and in the best facilities. However the...
Learning to be a better coach

Learning to be a better coach

There is a mistaken belief that you can only learn new coaching skills from within your own sport. This viewpoint exists in many sports including Martial Arts. Our senior coaches spend lot of time researching best practice in Sports Coaching and evaluating how we can...
Martial Training

Martial Training

Following a weekend of Yoshinkan Aikido training with Robert Mustard Sensei 8th Dan at the Eagle Dojo in Nottingham. I’ve been reflecting upon the concepts of Kamae, Zanshin, Mushin, Fudshon, Shoshin and Metsuke All important concepts within Japanese Martial...