The history of Karate is shrouded in mystery. As far back as 1368 empty hand combat training was practised in Okinawa- China- India and it was not until 1915 that Karate as it is now known was brought to Japan from Okinawa. The person responsible for the introduction of Karate to Japan was Okinawan Master Gichin Funakoshi, an Educationalist with a strong desire to teach Karate as a means of character and spiritual development.
Between 1915-1936 Funakoshi and other great Masters developed their various styles of Karate and eventually Funakoshi named his style Shotokan, he also formed the Japan Karate Association which now represents millions of practitioners throughout the world. In England the Japan Karate Association is headed by Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th dan, who is also the chief Karate instructor at Budokwai.
The Budokwai holds classes four times a week that are available for all students of intermediate and advanced level. To be considered of intermediate level you must be at least a 7th kyu.
All of our classes follow a set structure to which students follow, and a Shotokan karate lesson consists of three parts;
Basics- the practise of basic techniques; punching, kicking, blocking and stances. Your knowledge of this will continually increase over time and as you move up the grade system.
Kata- A series of set moves in a specific shape/form. Each grade has a specific kata.
Kumite- Practising with a partner. For lower grades this will be simple and rehearsed, and as a student becomes more experiences free sparring is gradually introduced. Basic self defence will also be incorporated for all grades.