Category Archives: Club Blog

Grading – December 2017

The Club grading will take place on Monday 18th December 2017. We require everyone to be in the dojo at 6.45, ready for a prompt start at 7pm. I have already explained to all students, that their progress is at their own pace, and that everyone is different, and that I'm pleased with the progress…
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Origins of SHINKUKAI in Japan

SHINKUKAI HISTORY - Okinawa Traditional Karate   The SHINKUKAI is an official approval association by Shinjuku-city and Setagaya-city education boards, Shinjuku foundation for creation of future, and has provided to practice of Okinawa Traditional Karate, Okinawa Shorinji-ryu and Okinawa Goju-ryu. Okinawa Shorinji-ryu:  Shorinji-ryu was established in 1954 by Jyoen Nakazato (1922- ), who performed ascetic practices under Chotoku Kyan…
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Karate Terms for Black Belt Grades

Karate Titles for Black Belt Grades Senpai (sehn-pie)先輩= Senior Student (highest grade in dojo line-up) Shodan (show-dahn) 初段 = First degree black Belt. Nidan (nee-dahn) 二段 = Second Degree Black Belt. Sandan (san-dahn) 三段= Third Degree Black Belt. Yondan (yohn-dahn) 四段 = Fourth Degree Black Belt Godan (go-dahn) 五段 = Fifth Degree Black Belt. Rokudan…
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Shinkukai Karate Kata 極真型

The word Kata means "shape" or "form".  The kanji for Kata 型 is composed of the following characters:- 形Katachi meaning "Shape" 刈Kai meaning "Cut"土 Tsuchi meaning "Earth" or "Soil" Literally translated, kata means "shape which cuts the ground". A kata is a sequence of blocks, kicks and punches from one or more stances, involving movement…
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