'SHOGUN' TRADITIONAL SHOTOKAN KARATE-DO
ACADEMY - Crewe Cheshire England
Now will be Fifty Years old in April - Up Dated: January 2018
First Karate Club in Crewe & Cheshire 1968
CourseWelcome 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.
Dan Grades (Black Belts)
Syl Walsh 5th Dan - Adam Walsh 3rd Dan -
- Kevin Roberts 2nd Dan. All of these have done the Instructor Course.
Keiko Walsh 1st Dan Junior Trainer working for the Instructor Course.
(Just because you are a Dan Grade does not make you an Instructor)
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
I have found to my cost some are not! I had one so called 1st Dan start at my Club, had no proof of grading. I took his word as he looked the part. After one year he took his 2nd Dan under me and then after the Grading let it slip he had not practiced for 16 years. He then did his upmost to destroy this Club. Left and got a 3rd Dan after another year, 1st Dan to 3rd Dan in 18 months.
What is Karate-Do ?
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.
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!
* Our Instructors are DBS 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. (All work done for this)
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.
9. The Oath of Karate-Do.
10. The Law & you.
L. Membership Form (Sample)
M. Risk Assessments.
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.
V. Coaching Course for Instructors (Including Child Protection Course) & Coaching Assessment Record & Feedback Form.