'SHOGUN' TRADITIONAL SHOTOKAN KARATE-DO

ACADEMY - 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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How can I join this School? Easy: Just come along any Thursday or Monday Evening  and watch any Class. (This is important, never join any Martial School without watching a full lesson first)
Starting cost? 1st Lesson  FREE
Where are the classes held?  Sir William Stanyer Leisure Centre (was the Coppenhall Centre ) every Monday and Thursday Evening 6.30pm
What are the start times?  

Monday and Thursday Evening:6.30pm at the

Sir William Stanier Leisure Centre (Coppenhall Centre)

Phone or Text me: 07920 192 108 Email me: sylwalsh@me.com
That time should I arrive?  If you want to talk to an Instructor you should come early, 5min before Class start.
Is there a Membership Fee? No! Traditional Karate should be a very inexpensive hobby. 
Is there any fee?  Yes, there is a Small Fee of £4 called a Mat fee for each session to pay for School Rent and Running costs, and a small yearly fee for your 3rd Party Insurance, at this moment of time is: £14.
What should I wear? Just some lose clothes to start.
Then what should I wear? A plain White Karate Suit (Gi is the name for this) with only one badge and must be the Club/School Badge
Is  Karate uniform (Karate Gi) expensive?   No, very cheap for the complete Suit (Gi) from £19 to £21 with club Badge.  (Beware of Schools offering Free Uniforms, the price will be in the Membership and club Fees)
This is not a Fly by Night Club like many others! They take your money & disappear!!! Our School/Club has been running since 1968.   
What are the School/club rules? All School/Club Rules are in the CLUB HANDBOOK and this in in the Club Memory Stick, see end of this list!
What age can I start? Any age from 6yrs up to any age. (It is not difficult for  young Children, some clubs will take any age even 3yrs old, money). 
What should I know about Traditional Karate? Traditional Karate is a Skill for life, unlike Sport Karate or Kick boxing which is only for young Adults. Any age, size or build can practice Traditional Karate. (Beware of schools who say they are this style or that style, any body can call them selves a Master/Black Belt because there is no regulation for these Schools)    
Why should I start? Learn Self-Defence, keep fit, get supple, be healthy, make friends. Most of all learn Self-Discipline. Karate is not a Sport, but there is an element of competition in it. Traditional Karate Strengthens the Mind & hardens the Body. Traditional Karate is a Living Art. It is not for all, not for the weak minded. It is a form of Zen Buddhism, so Karate is much more than a physical activity.
What should you not do?  Join a Club that asks for you to sign a Direct Debit, and charging large Fees. This is an American idea and is all about making money. 
What else should you not do? Do not join a Club that will not let you watch a class at any time, a normal class that is!
The First book you should read The Shotokan Karate Bible - Beginner to Black Belt. ISBN 978-0-7136-7870-3 

New: Memory Stick

We have the School/Club USB Memory Stick with all the informational and Videos  for all Students to work from, for the Training and Grading's.

Only £10.

 

Head Instructor

Sylvester Walsh-Godan 5th Dan Black Belt

49 years None Stop Experience in Karate.

 

Instructor

Kevin Roberts-Nidan 2nd Dan Black Belt

43 Years None Stop Experience in Karate.

Instructor

Adam Walsh-Sandan 3rd Dan BA Hons.

Adviser to the School.

25 Years None Stop Experience in Karate.

ADULT & YOUNG PERSON SCHOOL/CLUB COORDINATOR.

Chris Smith Chris Smith BA, MEd, NPQH   

HEALTH & SAFETY + RISK ASSESSMENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY + RISK ASSESSMENTS

Ben Entwistle

Secretary 

Susan Walsh

All Instructors are DBS checked and other officiels.

 

Young person Apprentice Instructor Working towards the the Instructors Course.

Keiko Walsh Shodan 1st Dan    

 

Beware: All so called Karate clubs do not teach real karate, 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' saying they are the biggest in the Country, and are very good selling there wares, putting very superior leaflet's through your door 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!                       

 

Recommended Reading for Beginners

Ratings

The Shotokan Karate Bible - Beginner to Black Belt.ISBN 978-0-7136-7870-3  Ashley P Martin kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Karate, a step by step guide to Shotokan Karate. ISBN 1-859O6-102-8 Kevin Healy (Very good for new Students) kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Beginners Guide to Shotokan Karate John Van Weenen. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Shotokan Karate Handbook to Black Belt. Gursharan Sahota. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Complete Book of Karate-Do Dennis Wilton. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Best Karate (One to Five) Masatoshi Nakayama. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Learn Karate Fay Goodman kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Karate-Do Manual PMV Morris kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Fighting Sports Graeme Kent kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Martial Arts Peter Lewis kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)

Reading for Advanced Students.

Ratings

Best Karate (Six to Eleven)  Masatoshi Nakayama. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Practical Karate Masatoshi Nakayama. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Advanced Karate-Do Elmar T. Schmeisser Phd kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Shotokan Karate Dictionary Schlatt. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Advanced Karate Manual Vince Morris & Aidan Trimble. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Karate - The Art of the Empty Hand Fighting Hidetaka Nishiyama. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Dynamic Karate Masatoshi Nakayama. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Karate's Grappling Methods. Iain Abernethy. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)

Books Students of Karate-Do should read.

Ratings

Karate-Do Nyomon Gichin Funakoshi. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Karate Jutsu Gichin Funakoshi. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Martial Arts -Mind & Body Claudio Iedwab & Roxanne Standefer, kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Karate-Do Kkohan Gichin Funakoshi. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Way of the Warrior Howard Read & Michael Croucher. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Complete Idiot's Guide to Karate. Randall G. Hassell & Edmond Otis. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Art of War Sun Tzu. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Art of War for Executives Sun Tzu. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Unfettered Mind Takuan Soho kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Justifiable Force (Law of Self-Defence) Robert Manning kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)

 

 

 

Recommended Reading for Beginners

Ratings

The Shotokan Karate Bible - Beginner to Black Belt.ISBN 978-0-7136-7870-3  Ashley P Martin kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Karate, a step by step guide to Shotokan Karate. ISBN 1-859O6-102-8 Kevin Healy (Very good for new Students) kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Beginners Guide to Shotokan Karate John Van Weenen. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Shotokan Karate Handbook to Black Belt. Gursharan Sahota. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Complete Book of Karate-Do Dennis Wilton. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Best Karate (One to Five) Masatoshi Nakayama. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Learn Karate Fay Goodman kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Karate-Do Manual PMV Morris kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Fighting Sports Graeme Kent kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Martial Arts Peter Lewis kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)

Reading for Advanced Students.

Ratings

Best Karate (Six to Eleven)  Masatoshi Nakayama. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Practical Karate Masatoshi Nakayama. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Advanced Karate-Do Elmar T. Schmeisser Phd kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Shotokan Karate Dictionary Schlatt. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Advanced Karate Manual Vince Morris & Aidan Trimble. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Karate - The Art of the Empty Hand Fighting Hidetaka Nishiyama. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Dynamic Karate Masatoshi Nakayama. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Karate's Grappling Methods. Iain Abernethy. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)

Books Students of Karate-Do should read.

Ratings

Karate-Do Nyomon Gichin Funakoshi. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Karate Jutsu Gichin Funakoshi. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Martial Arts -Mind & Body Claudio Iedwab & Roxanne Standefer, kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Karate-Do Kkohan Gichin Funakoshi. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Way of the Warrior Howard Read & Michael Croucher. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Complete Idiot's Guide to Karate. Randall G. Hassell & Edmond Otis. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Art of War Sun Tzu. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Art of War for Executives Sun Tzu. kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Unfettered Mind Takuan Soho kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Justifiable Force (Law of Self-Defence) Robert Manning kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)

Videos & DVDs

Video or DVD

Author Ratings
The Kawasoe Way Masao Kawasoe kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Beginners Guide to Shotokan Karate. Frank Brennan kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Intermediate Guide to Shotokan Karate. Frank Brennan kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Brown Belt Guide to Shotokan Karate. Frank Brennan kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Black Belt Guide to Shotokan Karate. Frank Brennan kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Beginners Karate for Kids Blitz
Beginner to Black Belt Karate. Kenosuke Enoeda kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Advanced Shotokan Karate. Kenosuke Enoeda kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Applied Karate. Dave Hazard & Aidan Trimble kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Giko World Martial Arts Spec. Giko Ltd
Japanese Masters of Karate.  

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Karate Oyo Simon Oliver kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
The Art of War Kamae kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Karubics Groff Thompson
Karate Kata Hirokazu Kanazawa kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
Dynamic Shotokan Karate. John Richards kara1.gif (13331 bytes)kara1.gif (13331 bytes)
     

 

All Martial Art  Schools should abide by the falling  criteria: 

1) Should have a writing Training Procedure outlining the School objectives.

2) Should have a current Risk Assessment Document. (The Centre Document not )

3) Should have a Health & Safety Document.

4) All Students should be insured 

5) All Instructors should be CRB checked .

6) All Instructors should attend a Child Protection Course.

7) All Instructors should  have some understanding of the Law & Self-Defence (POP) there is an excellent book on this that all Instructors should read : Justifiable Force (Law of Self-Defence) by Robert Manning.

This School follows all of the above Criteria & we issue a Handbook to each & every Student outlining all the above & more.

A high percentage of  Martial Art Schools do not abide be these rules. Some because ignorance & some who could not care less, all they want is your money, fly by night clubs .   

 

The Ten Precepts of Original Karate

With kind permission from Ian Abernethy.

www.iainabernethy.com    

Karate did not develop from Buddhism or Confucianism. In the past the Shorin-ryu school and the Shorei-ryu school were brought to Okinawa from China . Both of these schools have strong points and I therefore list them below just as they are without embellishment.

 

1. Karate is not merely practiced for your own benefit; it can be used to protect one's family or master. It is not intended to be used against a single assailant but instead as a way of avoiding injury by using the hands and feet should one by any chance be confronted by a villain or ruffian.

 

2. The purpose of karate is to make the muscles and bones hard as rock and to use the hands and legs as spears. If children were to begin training naturally in military prowess while in elementary school, then they would be well suited for military service. Remember the words attributed to the Duke of Wellington after he defeated Napoleon, “Today's battle was won on the playing fields of our schools”.

 

3. Karate cannot be quickly learned. Like a slow moving bull, it eventually travels a thousand leagues. If one trains diligently for one or two hours every day, then in three or four years one will see a change in physique. Those who train in this fashion will discover the deeper principles of karate.

 

4. In karate, training of the hands and feet are important, so you should train thoroughly with a sheaf of straw (#). In order to do this, drop your shoulders, open your lungs, muster your strength, grip the floor with your feet, and concentrate your energy into your lower abdomen. Practice using each arm one to two hundred times each day.

 

5. When you practice the stances of karate, be sure to keep your back straight, lower your shoulders, put strength in your legs, stand firmly, and drop your energy into your lower abdomen.

 

6. Practice each of the techniques of karate repeatedly. Learn the explanations of every technique well, and decide when and in what manner to apply them when needed. Enter, counter, withdraw is the rule for torite.

 

7. You must decide if karate is for your health or to aid your duty.

 

8. When you train, do so as if on the battlefield. Your eyes should glare, shoulders drop, and body harden. You should always train with intensity and spirit as if actually facing the enemy, and in this way you will naturally be ready.

 

9. If you use up your strength to excess in karate training, this will cause you to lose the energy in your lower abdomen and will be harmful to your body. Your face and eyes will turn red. Be careful to control your training.

 

10. In the past, many masters of karate have enjoyed long lives. Karate aids in developing the bones and muscles. It helps the digestion as well as the circulation. If karate should be introduced, beginning in the elementary schools, then we will produce many men each capable of defeating ten assailants.

 

If the students at teacher training college learn karate in accordance with the above precepts and then, after graduation, disseminate this to elementary schools in all regions, within 10 years karate will spread all over Okinawa and to mainland Japan. Karate will therefore make a great contribution to our military. I hope you will seriously consider what I have written here – Anko Itosu, October 1908