Student performing a back kick at a Karate Martial Arts session in Wandsworth
Senior Wandsworth Karate students compete
Kids at the Yawara Martial Arts club in Woking practise fighting

Karate classes

Karate can be practiced as budō, as a sport, as a combat sport, or as self defense training. Traditional karate places emphasis on self development (budō). Modern Japanese style training emphasises the psychological elements incorporated into a proper kokoro (attitude) such as perseverance, fearlessness, virtue, and leadership skills. Sport karate places emphasis on exercise and competition. Weapons (kobudō) is important training activity in some styles.

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A Seiki Juku Karate club's training is divided into the three "K's" kihon (basics or fundamentals), kata (forms), and Kumite (sparring). Each described below.


Karate styles place varying importance on kihon. Typically this is performance in unison of a technique or a combination of techniques by a group of karateka. Kihon may also be prearranged drills in smaller groups or in pairs at our Karate club.


Kata (:かた) means literally "shape" or "model." Kata is a formalised sequence of movements which represent various attack and defense postures. These postures are based on idealised combat applications and practised in our Karate classes.


Sparring in Karate is called kumite (組手:くみて). It literally means "meeting of hands." Kumite is practised both as a sport and as self-defense training in our Karate club.


The meaning of the word "Karatedo"

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