Shorei Kempo-Karate is a progressive fighting style that reconstructs the Okinawan Martial Art of Karate originally known as To-Te or Ryukyu Kempo to the formidable self-defence based combat system that it was in the 19th century.
Shorei Kempo uses rapid short range power striking, kicking and grappling methods aimed at vulnerable areas of the body using fists, open hands, low kicks, knees, elbows and all other practical parts of the body as effective self-defence weapons. The system also includes grabbing, tearing, locking, throwing, seizing and constriction methods and will work whether standing, kneeling or on the ground, giving a complete system for self-defence. All of which are contained within the Kata, this is a solo movement drilling method a little like shadow boxing but in a set pattern that develops muscle memory for self defence. Kata is a completley misunderstood practice in mainstream martial arts where they are nothing more than an acrobatic dance with often ridiculous explanations for the meanings behind the movements. Our Kata are few in number but rich in content, every hand movement, body rotation and step has a practical self-defence based principle and application behind it. Each Kata is a stand-a-lone system at a set technical level, very basic at the beginning then intermediate and then progressing over time to highly advanced methods as the technical content builds up through each Kata and as you continue through the syllabus a set standard of competence in each kata is required to obtain the relevant grade. This gives the student something practical that they can use right from the very start.
Shorei Kempo is not to be confused with the sport of Karate-Do which was developed in Japan in the early 20th century as a form of light contact sport used for developing physical and mental discipline and although similar on the surface to the untrained eye is considerably different in content and application. Shorei Kempo-Karate does not have any sporting or competitive element to its training syllabus, we only practice for self-defence purposes. Many try to pass off "combat sport" as self-defence but there are considerable differences in the methods used and this is often found out too late when training in mainstream commercial styles.
You don’t need to have experience in martial arts or any other kind of self-defence system to train with us, you don’t even have to be very fit! You work at your own pace and within your own capabilities. New starters with experience in similar systems could start higher up the syllabus, depending on ability. Training can be tailored to account for previous injuries or other special conditions. We operate on a pay as you train basis, there are no contracts. A yearly membership fee applies including 3rd party liability insurance and licence. This fee is £30 for the year and is required after 3 lessons.
Shorei Kempo-Karate is taught through a progressive syllabus in module format, when each module is completed a different coloured belt is awarded. Grades are awarded on a continuous assessment basis following the Okinawan tradition rather than a one off test as in Japanese styles. Different grading fees apply from £20 up to £65 depending upon the grade being taken.
Just wear comfortable clothing to begin with and some lightweight training shoes, we do not practice in bare feet it is unrealistic and highly impractical. We do wear a practice uniform known as a Karate Gi, this is tougher than regular clothing to withstand the stresses of realistic self-defence training. This uniform also has a belt which denotes your training level and will be required as your training progresses and can be obtained through the class when needed.
Chief Instructor Alan Wolfenden is always happy to answer any questions you might have about the system taught or your personal training goals.
Email Alan at [email protected] or call him direct on 07934 499 410.