Our Karate classes based at our full time Dojo in Basingstoke are suitable for beginners to learn the principles of standing Martial Arts, such as Kickboxing, Karate and Taekwondo and for the more experienced practitioner to learn and add new depth to their skills and knowledge base.
We prefer not to pigeon-hole our Karate into a specific label. All the major styles (For example, Shotokan, Goju, Wado, Shito-Ryu) have their own idiosyncrasies and all have their own strengths and weaknesses. There are only so many ways that one can learn to punch, kick and block using one’s body, so we work to explore the different options, in order that as a beginner, you will learn how to effectively strike, kick and block, whilst improving your flexibility, strength and fitness. As you progress we then teach you how to fine tune your techniques to make them faster, more powerful and ultimately more effective in a self-defence scenario.
We have a large range of equipment to help you train safely and effectively. For example, you’ll learn how to use pads with a partner and vary the way you hold them and their distance in order to facilitate correct techniques. Once you understand and can do this, then we start to look at things like footwork, timing, rhythm, breathing and their impact on correct and effective technique. You can use our kick bags and standing bags to develop speed, accuracy and strength in you kicks.
Within a Karate environment we practice our fundamentals, ‘Kihon’ in Japanese. Which are the foundation of the art. We work these also within structured patterns called ‘Kata’ in Japanese. These help us to memorise the techniques and also understand how the moves can be used against an opponent. We also then test these skills with a partner in ‘Kumite’ which is sparring. Kihon, Kumite and Kata are part of the key essence of practicing Karate.
Karate, as one becomes more proficient becomes more difficult as the concepts and the techniques increase in difficulty. There is a structured syllabus followed, which over a period of time increases students confidence and their co-ordination, suppleness and strength improve as well. Karate as an activity is safe for anyone to partake of. We have taught pupils who have ranged in age from 4 years old to 74 years of age, all of these people have realised different goals from their study of Karate.
If you are interested in competing then our club can give you that opportunity with several members of the competition squad training with the England squad and competing internationally.
Many people who start learning a Martial Art do so to get fit and lose weight. If you are prepared to put the effort and the time in, then you can achieve both goals with us and learn some very useful self defence skills along the way.