Online learning

So I’ve been thinking about the next stage of online learning. I would like something that students can dip in and out of and that appeal to all levels without taking it too serious yet maintain a good standard to return with.

Here’s my thinking…

Live Classes:
1. Karate for fitness
Classes with an emphasis on drills and the ‘highs’ of exercise classes

2. Karate for technique
All the punches, kicks, strikes and blocks of the current syllabus

3. Karate for health
Core strength and flexibility to develop those deep stances and high kicks

4. Karate for fun
All the things I love about karate. Competition drills, games and reaction exercises.

5. Karate to share
(Future teachers only). This is not an easy class. Train like a sensei to one day be the sensei. 

6. Karate for Life
Kata drills that you can practice in space at home in your own time.

Timetable to follow soon.

Why all the squats?

If you have been in Karatedo as long as me, you must have racked up a decent amount of squats over the years!

Karatedo and the squats are a match made in heaven: Loading those legs and building up the strength and depth needed for stances. The “prettier” the stance – is often down to ankle flexibility so… if you’re like me then your stances will never look like the picture perfect Japanese

We start our karate-journey with a easy enough starting position:

Our feet under our shoulders. Easy? For children – our starting position is under perennial change. As we grow our stance grows with us; sitting under our new frame.

Next. Bringing our feet together we would lose stability if not for the depth we create.

Heisoku Dachi

From this stance the techniques we learn need a stance to land in at a height about equal to the feet together stance and that starts to require a degree of athletic development.

Front stance (Zenkutsu Dachi) hips forward
Front stance (Zenkutsu dachi) hips back

The front leg’s “right angle” can be the beginners first taste of lactic acid and lifelong journey of building up resistance. So you are going to need:

Though an exaggerated position, front stance seems to be treated well by the vast majority of students. However, the backstance…

Putting the weight over the back leg until a right angle is achieved whilst trying to keep the foot underneath the knee and underneath the foot requires an increase in athletic ability and flexibility…

So we Squat more

Moving on to the horse (riding) stance

Kiba Dachi

Putting the weight in the middle and bending the knees to as closed to a right angle as possible can be aided by…

More squats

Building up the quadriceps and tolerance for deep stances we can take our legs to newer and unfamiliar positions:

Cat Stance (Neko ashi Dachi)
Squat. Some more


We have booked Monday and Tuesday booked at Rushcliffe School for

MONDAY 28th JAN 5:30pm
TUESDAY 29th JAN 7pm

If anyone would like to take their examination for next belt as I know some haven’t graded for a whole year ?

Just message me if you are interested
£25 for all kyu belts (includes belt, training and examination)