It was a great day out at the Portsmouth Academy, home of Portsmouth KC dojo on the 24th March 2018 for the 36th Annual SEKU Championships. Seeing plenty of new faces and old friends from around the country interrupting their weekend in search of shotokan karate gold. Well done to all the competitors whatever your result, thanks you to all the instructors who organise their clubs/students for the event, a huge thanks to the judges, referees, timekeepers and especially the first aid of St John Am...
Gichin Funakoshi laid out the Twenty Precepts of Karate, (or Niju kun) which form the foundations of the art, before some of his students established the JKA.
Within these twenty principles, based heavily on Bushido and Zen, lies the philosophy of Shotokan. The principles allude to notions of humility, respect, compassion, patience, and both an inward and outward calmness. It was Funakoshi's belief that through karate practice and observation of these 20 principles, the karateka would...
Once again it was great to see members of Portsmouth Karate Club in attendance of the January SEKU Instructors class, not only being taught but teaching also. The class started with a gradual warm up taken by Sensei Alan Lewis (Crofton SSK), our very own Sensei Dewey (Portsmouth KC) then took over from there working on punching techniques. We all paired up to work on pads and the execution of technique emphasising on the importance of relaxation before and after delivering the given blow.
If you have been around SEKU for a while you may well remember the squad heading to Slovakia once a year for the Christmas competition. It was always a good way to introduce yourself to some of the more physical aspects of kumite especially in the days of no mitts. They were bruising encounters but such was the camaraderie we enjoyed every minute and the squad often become closer as a team because of it. We haven’t been there for a number of years but I was invited across this year by Tibor Mi...
First of all apologies for the late arrival but I have to say it isn’t my fault but Ken Lyons’. Having successfully achieved 3rd dan recently, rewarded himself with a cruise on the Med. The result of which he didn’t attend the B/B course and I didn’t get a photo dump reminder on Monday.
Last weekends Black and Brown belt course at the Priory Sports centre was a thoroughly enjoyable event for all that attended. Myself and Sensei Brian Smith took the class focussing on kata, the bunkai ...
As November gets ever closer the time has come to get your individual and club entriesfor the 47th Portsmouth Open Karate Tournament.
Be a part of this historical competition and finish 2017 on a high. Categories for all including Pee Wee, Juniors, Ladies, young men and girls and Men. Kata, kumite as individual and team entries. If you don’t enter you can always come along watch and support your local club.