[ SPECIAL EVENT ] A special training session in Holmer Green (18-Dec-17)

The last training session of the year in the Holmer Green Dojo will be held on the 18th of December 2017 (usual start @7:30pm). On that special day, all proceeds raised (including training fees) will be donated to the Breast Cancer Care Charity. So come in numbers, have fun, and expect the unexpected! For further information, please contact  Sensei Davenport ([email protected] or by text on … Continue reading [ SPECIAL EVENT ] A special training session in Holmer Green (18-Dec-17)

[ SEMINAR ] “Shu-Ha-Ri” (守破離), with Scott Langley

Well, well… What a great session, with Langley Sensei throwing spanners in the works throughout the day! Forget (or rather transcend…) the basics, and strive to apply principles before stances and techniques. In other words, “Shu-Ha-Ri” (守破離): start by learning the rules (“Shu“: obey); reflect on what you have learnt and understand how the rules can be bent or tranformed (“Ha“: disgress); go beyond and … Continue reading [ SEMINAR ] “Shu-Ha-Ri” (守破離), with Scott Langley

[ FEATURE ] The meaning of Bunkai (分解)

  Kata have been used by karate masters over the years for many reasons, e.g. to aggregate and help with the transfer of knowledge to their students, to help with training, conditioning, etc. But it is thought that when karate made it into the Okinawan schooling system thanks to Anko Itosu (and later onto the Japanese shores through Funakoshi), katas were systematically sanitised, with “dangerous” … Continue reading [ FEATURE ] The meaning of Bunkai (分解)