Channel energy into fitness & flexibility, for your body
Learn self confidence and develop character
Make new friends, in a warm and welcoming club
Learn a structured syllabus that rewards your progress
If you wish, compete at national and international level
Have fun in a safe environment
BE SAFE - HAVE FUN - ACHIEVE - BUILD CONFIDENCE
Worldwide there are thousands of kids, from primary to Secondary school, learning the values of Shotokan karate and applying them in their daily life. Teens classes are for thoseaged 13 to 17 years.We provide opportunities to compete in regional, national and international championships. Karate for children is not only fun, it provides many important benefits to young people like mental, moral and physical development. Karate helps to instil discipline and improve behaviour and concentration. We offer Duke of Edinburgh channels, and you can take karate as a GCSE PE option.
We are affiliated to the NHS Change 4 Life programme, encouraging at least 1 hour of exercise a week. All coaches are DBS(CRB)-checked and we are affiliated to 'Child Safe' - a charity supported by the local Police service that awards us a 'Club Mark' and provides our Child Protection Policy. We have also signed up to the NSPCC child protection document, available online. Our Association has a Child Protection Policy. Michael Harris, 4th dan, has qualifications working with children, and is an International Class Instructor, Examiner & Referee. Amanda Faramus is our Child Protection Officer. Coaches have Karate Instructor’s Insurance with public liability up to £10m.
Students will learn balance, co-ordination and control. Punches, kicks and blocks are taught in a safe environment. Once basics are understood, we put it together in safe partner-work (kumite) and set forms of movement (kata). Students also learn life-skills and respect for all. You will learn a structured syllabus and be awarded for achievement by club belt gradings. Specially-trained Examiners undergo a demanding exam, in front of senior instructors. Our Charity is St Barnabas House for homeless people