BUCKS Karate Club

Bucks Karate Club - Buckinghamshire

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Patrick training with Shihan Nick Adamou 9th Dan

      Gichin Funakoshi is considered the father of       modern karate-do.

      He summed up his views on karate with 20 principles:

  1. Never forget that karate begins and ends with respect.
  2. There is no first strike in karate.
  3. Karate stands on the side of justice.
  4. First know yourself and then know others.
  5. Rather than physical technique, mental technique.
  6. Let your mind roam freely.
  7. Inattention and neglect causes misfortune.
  8. Karate goes beyond the dojo.
  9. Karate is a life-long pursuit.
  10. Apply the way of karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty.
  11. Karate is like boiling water: if you do not keep the flame high, it turns tepid.
  12. Do not think about winning; think about not losing.
  13. Respond in accordance to your opponent.
  14. Wage the battle with natural strategy.
  15. Regard your opponent’s hands and feet as swords.
  16. Step beyond your gate and you face a million  enemies.
  17. Learn various stances as a beginner but then rely on a natural posture.
  18. The kata must always be practiced correctly; real combat is another matter.
  19. Never forget your own strengths and weakness, the limitations of your body, and the relative quality of your techniques.
  20. Continuously polish your mind.

‘Sonkei’ means ‘Respect’ in Japanese. Respect is one of the fundamental elements of Shotokan Karate and extends beyond training.

Dojo (training hall) Etiquette

     » When a student is given a command, advice or is         questioned by the instructor.
» When bowing at the start and end of the session.
» When bowing to your partner before sparring.
» When your name is called out at grading or in any other         situation when respect should be shown.

The Sonkei Karate Club 6 Week Beginner Courses are held at either training venue on a rolling basis.  There is no specific start date for these courses as a set syllabus of techniques is practiced during the length of the course and you may therefore enrol at anytime. Loose clothing should be worn.

The full 6 Week Course Fee should be paid in advance by cheque or cash when you begin. Please arrive 5 minutes before the start time. At the end of the 6 week course there will be a grading, after which we can supply a karate suit (gi) and you should be licenced.

Further training can be ‘pay as you go’ or set up a direct debit for better value.