A Typical Lesson

Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese Martial Art. As such the Dojo (training hall) and fellow karateka (Karate practitioners) are at all times treated with respect. Karateka bow inwards to the room on entering and leaving the Dojo. As a mark of mutual respect the Sensei (teacher) and students also bow to each other at the commencement and end of each lesson.
At the commencement of each lesson there is a period of warming up & stretching, designed to include all major areas, joints and muscle groups of the body. Each lesson is usually split into three parts - KIHON, KATA & KUMITE. The following video shows the lining up of the students when "Yoi" is called and the start of the warming up.
Warm Up
KIHON (Basics) comprises of basic single techniques of  blocks and strikes with the arms and leg/foot blocks and kicks. As a Karateka (Karate Student) develops their skills and moves up through their Kyu grades (belts) towards Shodan - 1st Dan Black Belt, the KIHON become more complicated with combinations of techniques, also the student develops their breathing, stances and kime (maximum muscle tension for a very short time). The following video shows some of the fundamental techniques.
Kihon (basic) Techniques.
Saturday morning "all grade" class.
KATA (Pre-Set Forms) are a pre-arranged series of defensive & offensive techniques, performed against one or more imaginary opponents. As a student moves up through their KYU Grades towards Black Belt, the KATA required to be learnt for each grade becomes more complicated, involving greater numbers of combinations of techniques. Each KATA begins and ends with a Rei (Bow) and whilst being mindful of the true Bunkai (meaning and understanding) of the techniques & rythm / flow of the KATA itself must be performed with kime (focus) and control. Throughout the KATA it is imperative to remain in a state of Zanshin (Mental Preparedness). A KATA is performed along the Embusen (Performance line) which sets the overall pattern of movements unique to that specific KATA. In the case of all KATA, the Karateka (Karate Student), provided that he adheres to the Embusen and is consistent in his / her techniques, movements & stances, should finish the KATA in the same location as where he / she began. The following video is of the fundamental Kata called "Kihon Kata". Here it is being practiced by the whole class with the senior grades spread throughout the dojo so that the lower grades are able to follow more experienced karateka.
 Kihon Kata
The fundamental form of kata "Kihon" is often modified to have other techniques. It then becomes an excellent form for the more senior grades.
Kata Focus class for Black belts - "Gankakyu"
KUMITE (Sparring / Fighting) is the practice of Karate tecniques and movements with a partner. Beginners & Intermediate Students practice in particular Sambon (three step), Gohon (five step) and Kihon (one step) Kumite, with a partner. This is a very controlled and safe form of Kumite in which the attacks are declared before being made. It developes self confidence and an ability to match an attack with an appropriate block. For more advanced Karate Students this leads on to Jiyu Ippon (semi free, one step sparring) and Jiyu Kumite (Free Sparring). Since KUMITE involves working with a moving opponent it  provides the opportunity for the Karateka to learn how to harmonize and react to an opponent by matching their movements, breathing, strength and techniques. An essential point with all forms of Kumite is that the techniques are controlled so that they are focussed just short of contact.


Basic One step Kumite - Holland.

Blocking against a high kick.


On-Line Club Lessons

No Changes implemented
^^ Wednesday 27th May.^^

***Please do not reply to any zoom invitations or cancellations. Just join in with the lessons as advertised below!***
Planned weekly lessons for the duration.

In choosing the lessons to attend  please remember that at the dojo we split into grade groups. We obviously cant do this Online. Hence try to choose the lessons appropriate to your grade. eg white, orange and red belts need single basic techniques, whilst yellow to 4th Kyu need basic combinations and the brown and black belts need advanced work. If in doubt please contact me by telephone.


Any club members that do not know how to gain access please contact me by tele or email.

It is hoped that each lesson will be recorded and put on the club's Youtube channell. 

Please check back to this page frequently for any changes to the lesson programme and also other information.

Younger Children (In particular White, Orange and Red belts)
Sign in from 18.20 for 18.30 start. End 19.00.
Adults and older children (in particular, Yellow and above)
Sign in from 19.05 for 19.10 start. End 20.15.

Younger Children (In particular, White, Orange and Red)
Sign in from 18.20 for 18.30 start. End 19.00.
Adults and older children (10th to 4th Kyu inc)
sign in from 19.05 for 19.10 start. End 20.00.
Adults (3rd Kyu and above)
sign in from 20.05 for 20.10 start. End 21.15.

Thursday morning: "Dads Army"
Guests welcome.
Sign in from 10.00 for a 10.10 start. End 11.10.

Children (white, orange and red belts).
sign in from 18.20 for 18.30 start. End 19.00
Children and adults (7th to 4th Kyu).
sign in from 19.05 for 19.10 start. End 20.00.
Adults and older children
(Lesson intended for 3rd Kyu and above)

sign in 20.05 for 20.10 start. End 21.15.

Saturday (General class, but not suitable for younger children)
sign in 10.00 for 10.10 start. End 11.10




Instructional videos for the forced temporary closure

All Portchester and ESKC-Fair Oak, Karate Club Members.

I have tried to contact all members regarding the setting up of on line instructional videos on "youtube". If you have not received an email telling you how to access the first "test" video, then please contact me by email: mvodonnell@portchesterkarate.co.uk.
To provide continuity and easy understanding the club instructors have made these videos.

Temporary Club Closure

The Portchester Karate Club is temporarily closed. At the moment this is for a four week period. This may be extended.

For further information please email:  mvodonnell@Portchesterkarate.co.uk

Further information

For the Portchester Karate Club and clubs in other areas or different training times, please email modonnell@portchesterkarate.co.uk or telephone 07713284430.

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