Shorei Kempo-Karate is a progressive fighting style that covers all combat ranges using rapid power striking, kicking and grappling methods aimed at vulnerable areas of the body with 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 and against single or multiple opponents, giving a complete system for self-defence.
The key to perfecting Kempo-Karate is the practice of "Kata" which means "Formal Exercise" in Japanese. Kata are solo movement drilling methods a little like shadow boxing but in a set pattern, Kata practice was the method used for remembering and passing on the secret fighting methods of antiquity, it develops muscle memory and body conditioning for self-defence. Our Kata system is taught in a progressive path from beginner to advanced student, we only practice three Kata in the entire system, we believe "less is more" as every hand movement, body rotation and step has a practical self-defence based application behind it. Our Kata are taught in a structured sequence utilising the ancient concepts of "Three Battles", "Five Elements", "Eight Directions" and "108 Steps", extensive knowledge of Kata content builds into a moving training and reference manual of self-defence that you carry with you everywhere.
Shorei Kempo-Karate does not have any sporting or competitive element to its training syllabus, we only practice for self-defence purposes.
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 rather than a one off test. Different grading fees apply from £20 upwards depending upon the grade being taken.
Just wear comfortable clothing to begin with then a practice uniform known as a Karate Gi will be required, this is tougher than regular clothing to withstand the stresses of realistic self-defence training and can be obtained through the class when needed.