Skipton Karate Centre


EST 1987

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Self - Defence

From basic self-defence work with a partner to sparring to entering tournaments.  Each student works at their own level.  Learning step by step, simple moves at first, advancing to more complicated defences.

You should remember when starting any fitness regime or sport, most people are quite unfit. You will not be expected to keep up with the higher grades, just do your best and your fitness level will increase before you know it.  

As part of the lesson we incorporate cardiovascular, weight bearing and stretching exercises, this increases physical fitness, strength and suppleness.

Lots of people tell us that they don’t do any sport because they are too uncoordinated.  Karate really does help with your coordination.  The beginner is given instruction at the most basic level which he or she will repeat until the moves are correct, eventually techniques become spontaneous as their coordination improves. 

After-all practice makes perfect.

Due to the nature of the sport the lessons are quite disciplined. All students are expected to follow certain rules for their own safety and that of others. We teach team effort and respect to others. We find that the vast majority of students and parents expect this and appreciate it. 

Being aware of things around you is essential; it keeps us safe. At the club we do a lot of partner work and self-defence, increasing reaction times and awareness. This is of course well supervised and, apart from the odd bruise, students remain safe and unharmed. (Please understand there are few sports, if any that are 100% injury free) You will learn to incorporate this awareness into everyday life.

We are as positive and encouraging as possible with every student. Each lesson is different from the last and something new is learned.  Students grade every three to four months: this helps to give them a sense of achievement. They receive a different coloured belt and a certificate every time they pass a grade. Students, if they wish may enter tournaments, and who knows, they might just come away with a medal or a trophy.




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