In Chandlers Ford

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To improve students self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as their fitness.
Suitable for: Karate can be practiced by men, women and children, our students range from the very young to senior citizens. Anyone who is in reasonable health can train.



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Chandlers Ford (Hampshire)
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St Boniface Church Hall, Hursley Road, SO53 2FT

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Chandlers Ford (Hampshire)
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Skys Wood Road, Valley Park, SO53 4SJ

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Teachers and trainers (2)

Jill  Watts

Jill Watts

3rd dan, Instructor

Both Jill and Steve are Japan Karate Association approved instructors and are CRB checked in accordance with the Child Protection Policy.

Steve  Perry

Steve Perry

3rd dan, Instructor

Both Jill and Steve are Japan Karate Association approved instructors and are CRB checked in accordance with the Child Protection Policy.

Course programme

What is Karate?
Karate is a system of self defence and physical culture originally developed and refined in Okinawa and Japan. The word is formed from the Japanese words Kara (empty) and te (hand), symbolizing that its practitioners are unarmed, but use hands, arms, legs and feet as defence and striking weapons.

What is Shotokan Karate?
There are several fundamental styles of Karate that all conform to the above definition, but use slightly different training methods, placing a different emphasis on issues such as the speed, strength and range of techniques. Shotokan is a style of Karate that emphasises a balanced development of all these aspects. This is a system which instils confidence and self-control. Gichin Funakoshi, a teacher of physical education from Okinawa, originated the Shotokan style. He introduced it to Japan in 1922, where it was developed extensively by the Japanese master, Masatoshi Nakayama. Because of this development there have been very few changes, and the Shotokan style has spread to become the most widely practised style of Karate throughout the world.

What Will Training Involve?
Your training will be structured into three main sections – Kihon (basic moves), Kata (set combinations of techniques) and Kumite (sparring with a partner). Each section has a range of difficulty to suit the different grades (level of achievement). A typical class will last for 1½ to 2 hours, beginning with a warm-up session, followed by:

  • Kihon - practising (or learning new) punches, blocks, kicks and other techniques.
  • Kata – Practice (or learning new) a set sequence of moves. There is a kata for each level of ability.
  • Kumite – sparring/fighting with a partner. There are different levels of Kumite to suit the knowledge of the students. Every level having a strong emphasis on safety, this style is classed as ‘non-contact’, which means – touch control.

What Benefits are there in Practising Karate?
The hard physical training required to reach a high-level of skill in Karate will promote overall good health, fitness and well-being. The concentration, commitment and dedication required all help to build a strong, confident and determined character. There is a Dojo Kun (training code) which is followed to ensure a disciplined training environment, it also serves as a guide for general behaviour, so that a true student of Karate, will fight with words, using his fighting skills only as a last resort.

How do I Measure my Progress?
All students are entitled to take grading examinations after set periods of training. Senior examiners conduct these gradings, and there is a grading syllabus for all levels. Coloured belts are used to denote the grades of students. There are 9 kyu (below black belt) grades, starting with an orange belt for the lowest grade.

How Long Will it Take me to Achieve my Black Belt?
With regular and correct training, a student can achieve their 1st Dan (black belt) In 3 to 4 years.

Additional information

Payment options: A training session costs £3 for children and £4 for adults, and an annual licence fee - required for grading and insurance - costs £20 for children and adults. Karate suits start at £8.50 for children and from £18.50 for adults.


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