Funakoshi Gichin was the founder and Master of Shotokan Karate. Nakayama Masatoshi helped to found the JKA....
The twenty precepts of karate was written by Master Funakoshi and these form the foundations of Karate...
The JKA has had an impressive list of senior and chief instructors over the years. Master Masaaka Ueki is currently Chief Instructor of JKA Worldwide...
The Dojo "Training Hall" operates by a series of rules referred to as the Dojo Etiquette. This covers how to dress, behave and how to treat other students and instructors....
The Dojo Kun, is a series of Motto's or statements that one should live ones life by.
Karate uses all parts of the body to block, kick and punch. Karate is a total workout, developing strength and agility, suited to everyone, young and old, male or female, girls and boys alike. We study 3 main areas of Karate. Kihon (Basic Techniques), Kumite (Fighting) and Kata (Forms). Our basic techniques are the foundations for all Karate and the building blocks of Kata and Kumite.
Originally developed in Okinawa and then refined in Japan, Karate has become a worldwide phenomenon with Hundreds of thousands of participants across the globe. There are many different styles of Karate and many associations. We are part of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) and as such study the Shotokan style.
All students are different and therefore we teach each student according to his or her abilities. We follow the grade system where students are examined to achieve their next belt level known as a Kyu Grade. There are 10 Kyu Levels.
Belt Colour Grade
White Belt Novice
Orange & White Belt 10th Kyu
Orange Belt 9th Kyu
Red Belt 8th Kyu
Yellow Belt 7th Kyu
Green Belt 6th Kyu
Purple Belt 5th Kyu
Purple & White Belt 4th Kyu
Brown Belt 3rd Kyu
Brown & White Belt 2nd Kyu
Brown & 2 White Belt 1st Kyu
Black Belt 1st Dan (Shodan)
There are also 10 levels of Dan Grades, from 1st Dan to 10th Dan