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SEKU Instructors Class 10/06/2...

11.06.18

SEKU Instructors Class 10 June 2018 Yet another great instructors class was held on 10th June 2018 at Priory School, Portsmouth. This also happened to be Sensei Dewey's Birthday! What better place to be than in a Dojo with people trying to hurt one another! Happy Birthday Sensei! The session started with reverse block practicing with an emphasis on the importance of rotation in the hip thus narrowing the target area. After this and just before our break we were asked to participate in Ken Ly...

The Shotokan Karate Bridport T...

02.05.18

The Shotokan Karate Bridport Training Course & Dan Gradings 2018 May 13 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Bridport course has not only become an annual event, this course is for a fantastic cause because all proceeds go to Damon’s Health Angel Fund. The Dewey’s, all of us, are extremely grateful to everyone that comes and trains over the weekend giving up their time, effort in training and travel. We are also thankful for your donations and help not just this weekend but all those oth...

GOLD in the 2018 Nationals!

27.03.18

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...

Philosophy Within Karate

19.02.18

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 improve their person.

The Dojo kun lists five philosophical rules for training in the dojo; seek perfection of character, be faithful, endeavor to excel, respect others, refrain from violent behaviour. These rules are called the Five Maxims of Karate. The Dojo kun is usually posted on a wall in the dojo, and some shotokan clubs recite the Dojo kun at the beginning and/or end of each class to provide motivation and a context for further training.

Funakoshi also wrote: “The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant.”

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