'SHOGUN' TRADITIONAL SHOTOKAN KARATE-DO

ACADEMY   SHOTOKAN Crewe Cheshire England

KARATE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST SELF-DEFENCE ----- THE DOJO KUN - TO STRIVE FOR THE PERFECTION OF CHARACTER - TO DEFEND THE PATHS OF TRUTH - TO FOSTER THE SPIRIT OF EFFORT - TO HONOUR THE PRINCIPLES OF ETIQUETTE - TO GUARD AGAINST IMPETUOUS COURAGE - CHARACTER - SINCERITY - EFFORT - ETIQUETTE - SELF-CONTROL

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Up Date: July 6th 2014

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Venue:                     
Sir William Stanier Leisure Centre.
Every Sunday: 10.00am - 11.30am
 
Victoria Leisure Centre.
Every Thursday: 6.30pm - 8.00pm

 

 Email: sylwalsh@btinternet.com
 
Mobile: 07920 192 108
 
 
 
 

                                                                                          

First Karate Club in Cheshire 1968

Welcome to the 'SHOGUN' Karate-Do site!   Our Mission Statement.

To concentrate on Practicing and Teaching Traditional Japanese Martial Arts i.e. Shotokan Karate-Do, following the Samurai code of Honour and Etiquette.
(Not following the current trend of most 'Karate' Clubs i.e. 100% Sport Karate.)

Loyalty in the martial arts could probably be traced back to villagers who were devoted to the caveman who first taught them how to throw a rock with enough power and accuracy to kill an animal or enemy. This was originally based upon Japanese Shotokan Karate. Loyalty for Japanese martial arts is based on the Bushido of the Samurai. Loyalty to your School/Club/Sensei

 Bushido (Way of the Warrior) developed in Japan between the Heian and Tokugawa Ages (8th-12th centuries). It was a code of life for Samurai, a class of warriors similar to the medieval knights of Europe.  Bushido emphasizes  loyalty, self sacrifice, justice, sense of shame, refined manners, purity, modesty, frugality, martial spirit, honour, and affection. It had no regard for the so called Samurai who left there Sensei, they could not join another Clan/Group, they became Ronin, that is to say; Outlaw not belonging.     

What is  Karate-Do ?
Briefly, 'Karate' is not as some think - Self-Defence, it should be used for Self-Defence, it is a Fighting System of Blocking, Punching, Striking and Kicking, Using the laws of physics to cause maximum damage with each and every blow, breaking bones and striking nerve points, actually  very dangerous. Like I said, this is a very brief summary of Karate, there are other excellent sites with more on this subject which you will find on my 'Web Links' 

It is sad to see so many 'Karate Clubs' today are drifting away from Traditional Karate and starting to teach 'Freestyle' I personally don't understand what 'Freestyle' is today. When Freestyle first appeared it meant a mixing of 'Styles' that is a Club or an association mixing Styles and the Instructor or Instructors had an 'Knowledge' of what he was teaching.

Now, 'Freestyle' seems to have no style, how can you teach 'no Style' where do the fundamentals come from ? is it like Football with no rules ?. O.K. maybe it could be called 'Sport Karate' ? but, why do so many 'Freestyle' advertise that this 'Freestyle' is Self-defence ? and why do so many call themselves 'Styles' as in Shotokan, Wado Ryu etc. when they are in fact 'Freestyle' ? Is it easier to teach ? because 'Free' is anything ? where as Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Shukokai, Gojo Ryu and Kyokoshinkai  have rules and fundamentals to teach and practice  I have practiced Wado Ryu Karate for a short time (Two years) Shukokai / Shuto Ryu for (Fourteen Years) and Shotokan for (Fifteen years up to 1999)  I did a little of Kick Boxing, when it first started. I also have been to a Taekwondo course and a Kung Fu course and a Jujitsu course, but I have never seen anything like I have seen during these  last few year 'freestyle' I have to say this does not look like a Martial Art to me. One 'Karateka' told me he was 5th Dan Black Belt in England in 'Freestyle Karate' he also said he never even seen any Traditional Karate ? This Club, by the way, the Instructors Gi consisted of Jeans and a Sweatshirt (he did have his Trainers off) The other Club I seen, the Instructors Gi consisted of  Tracksuit bottoms a Sweatshirt and a Black Belt, and you wonder why I feel sad ?? this also applies to  Ju-Jitsu and Kung-fu.
Anyway, these are only my personal opinions, so any 'Freestylists' out there, don't take offence, like I said, these are only my views. But for the Traditionalists out there!


 

Beware: All so called Karate clubs do not teach real Karate-Do , are very unsafe and only after your money.  Some of these clubs even teach in Schools, why? because they can produce certificates, and insurance documents. So easy in this day and age of computers to copy and print off anything. I myself only ever had one Judo lesson, but I could easily print off a certificate showing me a Black Belt 8th Dan in Judo, and so can you, if you know where to look. 

I know someone who got a Black Belt Certificate for his dog from a very large Karate association belonging to the official Governing body. Oh , by the way; The dog had no Karate lessons. 

So be very careful, when you or your child join a club. Make sure you watch the class on a normal lesson. Don't just listen to the Instructor, many are like a good car salesman, can tell a good story. Remember it is you life and you child's life they are playing with. Some of these so called schools are run by 'Collecting Companies - Direct Debit' saying they are the biggest in the Country, and are very good selling there wares, putting very superior leaflet's through your door just to get your money. 

Most good legitimate schools/clubs have been around for a long time, like our school, sense 1968, but even then you can not be sure!                   

It is sad to see so many 'Karate' Clubs today are drifting away from Traditional Karate and starting to teach 'Freestyle' I personally don't understand what 'Freestyle' is today. When Freestyle first appeared it meant a mixing of 'Styles' that is a Club or an association mixing Styles and the Instructor had an 'Knowledge' of what he was teaching.

Now, 'Freestyle' seems to have no style, how can you teach 'no Style' where do the fundamentals come from ? is it like Football with no rules ?. O.K. maybe it could be called 'Sport Karate' ? but, why do so many 'Freestyle' advertise that this 'Freestyle' is Self-defence ? and why do so many call themselves 'Styles' as in Shotokan, Wado Ryu etc. when they are in fact 'Freestyle' ? Is it easier to teach ? because 'Free' is anything ?where as Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Shukokai, Gojo Ryu and Kyokoshinkai  have rules and fundamentals to teach and practice ? I have practiced Wado Ryu Karate for a short time (Two years) Shukokai / Shuto Ryu for (Fourteen Years) and Shotokan for (Fifteen years)  I did a little of Kick Boxing, when it first started. I also have been to a Taekwondo course and a Kung Fu course and a Jujitsu course, but I have never seen anything like I have seen during this last year 'freestyle' I have to say this does not look like a Martial Art to me. One 'Karateka' told me he was 5th Dan Black Belt in England in 'Freestyle Karate' he also said he never even any Traditional Karate ? This Club, by the way, The Instructors Gi consisted of Jeans and a Sweatshirt (he did have his Trainers off) The other Club I seen, the Instructors Gi consisted of  Tracksuit bottoms a Sweatshirt and a Black Belt, and you wonder why I feel sad ????

Anyway, these are only my personal opinions, so any 'Free stylists' out there, don't take offence, like I said, these are only my views. But for the Traditionalists out there I hope the Theory Test below helps a bit, I think it is important to know the Words.

 

* Our Instructors are  CRB checked.

* We do regular Risk Assessments.

* We operate a Child/Young Person Protection Policy.

* We are part of the MASA (Martial Arts Standards' Agency)

* We hold Instructor courses.

* We operate a Code of Practice for Officials/Instructors.

* A Health & Safety Check List for training.

* Liability Insurance for all Students.

* We operate a Training Procedure.

* Every Student gets an extensive Hand Book. 

* We are applying for the Club Mark standard.

 

       Index for the Club Mark below

  A.   Children/Young Person Protection Policy Document.

B.   Induction letter for Parents for Children/Young Person.

C.   Induction Training Student Doc. For new Adult/Children/Young People.

D.   Training Program for all Students (Syllabus)

E.   Guidelines for dealing with an Incident/Accident.

F.    Accident Report Form.

G.  Code of Practice for Officials/Instructors/Volunteers.

H.   Code of Practice for: Parents/Carers & for Junior Members.

I.      The Academy Procedure (This is also in the Handbook)

J.     Attendance Register.

K.   Academy/School/Club Handbook.

1.                    The Procedure.

2.                    The Course description.

3.                    The Etiquette.

4.                    Health & Safety for Adults & Children.

5.                    Child Protection.

6.                    History of Karate-Do.

7.                    Technique & Training.

8.                    Terminology’

9.                    The Oath of Karate-Do.

10.                 The Law & you.

L.    Membership Form (Sample)

M. Risk Assessments.

N.   CRBs

O.  Instructor Liability Insurance Doc. & Members Insurance Doc. (Perkins Slade)

P.    First Aid Certificates.

Q.  Statement of Equity.

R.   Check list for Venues (Health & Safety)

S.    Child/Young Persons Consent Form.

T.   Students Feedback Sheet.

U.   Constitutions.

V.   Coaching Course for Instructors (Including Child Protection Course) & Coaching Assessment Record & Feedback Form.

W. Information

 

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