The UK is again in lockdown. Our dojos are closed until further notice.
Following the latest government announcement on the 4th January 2021, regretfully we cannot give any assurances on when training might be allowed to resume at our dojos. Further update is expected in February.
Live zoom classes are now running for our current club members, please check with Sensei for details.
If you cannot attend our dojo, we recommend that you still try and stay physically active to keep healthy in body and mind.
Karate caters for self training very well as it can also be undertaken anywhere on your own. Training resources for syllabus kihon, kata and kumite are readily available on this website in the Member's Resource section at this link, Members
Kata are especially useful for either stretching, strength training or a cardio workout depending on how you choose to execute them. The bonus is of course that you are also keeping them fresh in your memory as well as practicing technique. If you think all your kata are looking good, why not challenge yourself to learn the next one? Videos of all kata can be found here - Kata. Maybe try them in 'ura' (mirror image), backwards, or using the methods below.
Slow kata: Perform them at a quarter speed or slower, concentrating on smooth transitions, correct stances and ending with good technique. Try and go extra long in those stances, stay low with back upright and hold the position for a few seconds for each count. Keep any kicks slow and lower than normal if need be. This will give you a good stretch and the low stances will strengthen the legs.
Normal / fast kata: Make sure you have warmed up and stretched already. You can perform to a count (a metronome app on a slow beat is good for this) and perform each move and technique as fast and sharp as you can and then holding for the next count. Alternatively, perform it without a count ("mogore") to work on the proper timing of the kata with correct breathing, tension and kime. Do a few of these and you'll find yourself working up a sweat in no time!
Stretch as often as you can. Again, set yourself a challenge - improve flexibility enough to be able to perform those jodan kicks with ease. Each day you can perform slow kicks in sets of 10 reps at a time, which will strengthen those kicking muscles.
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