'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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Karate is great for Kids, but what is Karate?

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, some 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' 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!    

 

First book all Kids should read to help understand about Karate-Do, very easy to read and understand: The Shotokan Karate Bible - Beginner to Black Belt. ISBN 978-0-7136-7870-3                   

New for Kids karate           

Look below for all winners.  

1)We are now holding FREE Competition every lesson - Thursday and Monday for Young People. A Point will be given for attendance and extra Points for 1st 2nd & 3rd place. At he end of three months all the Points will be added up for the Awards.

2)There will also be a Best Improved Young Person of the Month to be held on the last  Monday of each Month with a Trophy to  hold for Three weeks! This they can take to School to show just how well they have improved!

3) A Kids Kata Competition every Monday, where points will be awarded for a Kata performed that day. Then at the end of the year the points will be added up for 1st - 2nd - 3rd places. Trophy's will be awarded to each of the top three places.

The best part is, its all FREE

Junior Coordinator & Assessor  - Chris Smith BA, MEd, NPQH.

 

     Senior Grades Instructors to Judge.

Young Persons Award for: January - February - March  2017

Emily Rees 1st Place - Gold Medal
Georgia Cooke 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Nikola Bednarz 3rd Place - Bronze Medal
Zakiya Ali 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for: October - November - December  2016

xxxxx 1st Place - Gold Medal
Emily Rees 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Benjamin Scott 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for: July - August - September  2016

xxxxxx 1st Place - Gold Medal
Benjamin Scott 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Emily Rees 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for: April - May - June  2016

Robert Wiczynski 1st Place - Gold Medal
Georgia Stephens 2nd Place - Silver Medal
XXXXX 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for: January - February - March  2016

xxxxxxx 1st Place - Gold Medal
Robert Wiczynski 2nd Place - Silver Medal
XXXXX 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for: October - November - December  2015

Young Persons Kata Award for 2015

 Gold Medal - xxxxx 1st Place Keiko Walsh
Silver Medal - Cameron Whyte 2nd Place Georgia Stephens
Bronze Medal - XXXX 3rd Place Benjamin Scott

 

Young Persons Award for: July - August - September  2015

xxxxxx 1st Place - Gold Medal
Cameron Whyte 2nd Place - Silver Medal
XXXXX 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

 

Young Persons Award for: April - May - June 2015

xxxxxx 1st Place - Gold Medal
Cameron Whyte 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Kailen Wright 3rd Place - Bronze Trophy

 

Young Persons Award for: January - February - March 2015

xxxxxx 1st Place - Gold Medal
Cameron Whyte 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Kailen Wright 3rd Place - Bronze Trophy

 

 

Young Persons Kata  Competition for  2014

Keiko Walsh 1st Place - Gold Trophy
Callum Fortune 2nd Place - Silver Trophy
xxxxxx 3rd Place - Bronze Trophy

 

Young Persons Award for: October  - November - December  2014

xxxxxx 1st Place - Gold Medal
Cameron Whyte 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Callum Fortune 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for: June - July - August  2014

Callum Fortune 1st Place - Gold Medal
xxxxxx 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Eleanor Purton 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

 

Young Persons Award for: April - May - June 2014

Zakiya Ali 1st Place - Gold Medal
Callum Fortune 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Abid Miah 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for: January - February - March 2014

Abid Miah 1st Place - Gold Medal
Bradley Wilkins 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Zakiya Ali 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for: October - November - December 2013

Callum Furtune 1st Place - Gold Medal
Abid Miah 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Leah Pike 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for: July - August - September 2013

Leah Pike 1st Place - Gold Medal
Benjamin Scott 2nd Place - Silver Medal
xxxxx 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for: April - May - June 2013

Leah Pike 1st Place - Gold Medal
Abid Miah 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Eleanor Purton 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for: January - February - March 2013
Abid Miah 1st Place - Gold Medal
Zakiya Siddiqah 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Leah Pike 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Persons Award for; October - November - December 2012

Keiko Walsh 1st Place - Gold Medal
Thomas Purton 2nd Place - Silver Medal
Benjamin Scott 3rd Place - Bronze Medal

 

Young Person Awards for: July - August - September 2012

Keiko Walsh 1st Place
Thomas Purton

2nd Place

Kyle Stubbs 3rd Place

 

Young Person Awards for: April  - May  - June 2012

Keiko Walsh 1st Place
Kyle Stubbs 2nd Place
Edward Shirvington 3rd Place

 

Young Person Awards for January  - February  - March 2012

Keiko Walsh 1st Place
Declan Robinson 2nd Place
Edward Whalley 3rd Place

 

Young Person Awards for October - November - December 2011

Declan Robinson 1st Place
Keiko Walsh 2nd Place
Edward Whalley 3rd Place

 

 

Young Person Awards for July- August= September  2011

  Keiko Walsh 1st Place
  Edward Whalley 2nd Place
  Lawrence Smith 3rd Place

 

Children's Kata Competition results for  October 2009

   Lawrence Smith 1st Place
    Stephen Sigsworth 2nd Place
    Mathew Lawrence 3rd Place

 

Children's Kumite Competition results for May 2009

Stephen Sigsworth 1st Place
    Courtney Cudny 2nd Place
    Adrian Mo 3rd Place

                               

                     

Children's Kata Competition results for 2008

    Stephen Sigsworth 1st Place
    Lawrence Smith 2nd Place
    James Owen 3rd Place

                                                               

Karate of course is Self-defiance, but that is what they all say. Sport Karate, Kick Boxing etc. Sport Karate, Kick Boxing is a Sport and can be a very active but sometimes can be very dangerous. Should any of this be called Karate? I think no, Karate is Karate and nothing else  but I am sure some will disagree.

The reason Karate  is great for Children is the Dojo Kun (The Karate oath) this should be announced at the start or finish of each teaching session and this in my opinion, is the difference between Karate and Sport K and Kick Boxing. Think about it, if all Children believed in the Karate Oath and tried to emulate it and try to aspire  to this high standard ?. What would you want for your Children ?. I don't believe a Child should start at a Karate Club or any Martial Art Club until after the age of seven. Should anyone teach a Child to fight ?. I don't think so, but all Karate Clubs, Sport Karate & Kick Boxing, Taekwondo, Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Aikido etc, we all do! So if we must teach a Martial Art for Self-Defence  should we not teach any of this without teaching the Dojo Kun or the equivalent (A moral code)   

           

The Dojo Kun. 

One!             To strive for perfection of character

One!             To defend the paths of truth

One!             To foster the spirit of effort

One!             To honor the principles of etiquette.

One!             To guard against impetuous courage

"The ultimate aim of Karate-do lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants"

     Quote from Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of  Karate-do (Shotokan)  

Class Etiquette

 All Martial  Art Schools / Clubs should abide by these principles.

Karate people are expected to respect each other, irrespective of grade, race, creed, age, or gender. Furthermore they must be self-disciplined, self-motivated, and able to be relied upon to fulfill their personal obligations.  Therefore it will be seen that the Rules of the Dojo reflect these principles.

If we could teach our Children to abide by these rules:

 

 All Martial  Art Schools / Clubs should be able to produce these documents below. 

1) A Risk Assessment Document

2) A Child Protection Document.

 3) Health and Safety of club members Document.

4) A Training procedure.

5) The Law and You (Understand Self-Defence & the Law)

6) Third Party Insurance for all Students.

Note.

Pick your school carefully, (a big School is not always the best school). Nobody teaches self-defence; what they/we teach is how to fight, for self-defence. That is why you need to be careful  not to teach thugs and why discipline helps to stop this; a lot of schools do not teach discipline.  

 

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