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.


Change of Venue. Wednesday 21st and 28th August 2019

Change of Venue
Wednesdays 21st and 28th August.
For these two evenings the club will be meeting at the Portchester Community school in White Hart lane, Portchester. PO16 9BD. The times are as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Please contact 07713284430 or email mvodonnell@hotmail.com  for further information if required.


Karate Day time lessons

Daytime Karate lessons are now being held on Thursday mornings at the Castle St, Portchester,  Day Centre. For further information please ring 07713284430 or email mvodonnell@portchesterkarate.co.uk

These classes are for a range of people with varying abilities and in particular for the older and fairly active person that would like to benefit from the health aspects of practicing Karate and at the same time exercising their minds in the learning of new skills.

Existing students of Karate are also catered for in the lessons. In particular those on shift work and others that cannot get to their regular training lessons.

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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