The Sei-Do-Kan Karate Club is one of the longest established shotokan karate clubs in the UK. "Sei Do Kan" translates from Japanese as "The House of the Way of the Spirit". We recognise that for some people, starting to learn Karate may seem like a big step and it is natural to feel an element of nervousness. Our experienced instructors take appropriate steps to ease new starters in gradually and will often conduct separate sessions away from the main class to go through some basic principals and build confidence. We try to ensure that all training is structured in such a manner that no student will feel out of their depth and will not be expected to perform any techniques beyond their potential capabilities.
KUGB clubs are under the instruction of qualified Black Belts who are provided with the opportunity to attend specialist courses designed to improve their instruction skills in areas such as first-aid, club administration, coaching (for all levels and ages), nutrition, anatomy, and flexibility. Standards are maintained by the KUGB Technical Committee whose members range from 6th to 8th Dan. Your training will be structured into three main sections - Kihon, Kata, and Kumite - basic techniques, set combinations of techniques, and sparring. Each section has a range of complexity to suit the different levels of grades of students. Kumite will be introduced to you as basic blocking and counter-attacking, but will ultimately lead you to free-style fighting, where you will be taught to attack with, and defend against, unannounced attacks.
Karate is an exciting and challenging sport. The KUGB has competed internationally since 1968, and has achieved numerous European and World team and individual titles. There are club and regional events for all ages and grades, with opportunities for selection to the Regional, English, Scottish, Welsh, and British Squads. There is also a separate championships (in November) for students in full-time higher-education at colleges and universities.
The hard physical training required to reach a high-level of skill in Karate promote overall good health, fitness, and well-being. The concentration, commitment and dedication required, help build a strong, confident, and determined character. There is a 'Dojo Kun', or training code, which not only ensures a disciplined training environment, but serves as a tool for moulding behaviour, so that a true Karateka will fight with words and only employ physical violence as a last resort, with obvious benefits to society.