Karate is not just about self defence - it demands continued effort and application, and can become a life-long interest which improves health, fitness and mental attitude.
The three components of karate There are three components to Shotokan karate training: kihon, kata, and kumite, and each plays a crucial role in the development of karate skills. While emphasis may change from time to time, each must be developed as an integral part of training.
Kihon - basics Kihon is the practice of fundamental, or basic, techniques: blocking, punching, striking, and kicking.(Click for more on kihon...)
Kata - set movements Kata is the execution of karate techniques in a set sequence, with emphasis on the correct form developed in Kihon.(Click for more on kata...)
Kumite - fighting Kata and kumite are complementary training methods, building on the foundation of kihon. In kata, one learns sequences of basic techniques; in kumite, one applies them with a sparring partner.(Click for more on kumite...)
- Sunday at Rochfords Community Centre from 9:30am to 12:30
- Monday at Thames Valley University from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
- Wednesday at Rochfords Community Centre from 7:30pm to 9:00pm