"It is important that karate can be practiced by the young and old, men and women alike. That is, since there is no need for a special training place, equipment, or an opponent, a flexibility in training is provided such that the physically and spiritually weak individual can develop his body and mind so gradually and naturally that he himself may not even realize his own great progress."
Juniors training (demonstration of different grades - colour belts)
Taking part in competitions
Whatever your level of fitness, whatever your age, whether you're tall or small, whether you've practiced karate before or not; karate can give something to everyone. We are always open for people to train with us or come and see what we are about! If you have any questions, please just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply call Keith on 07891 646 638. Whether it's about coming along to one of our sessions to experience our club first-hand or becoming a regular member of York Shotokan Karate Club, we'd love to hear from you.
We run regular beginner's courses when we take in a number of students and teach them as a class, but anyone is welcome to come along and join in at any time, whatever their level of experience. All you need is sports clothing and a willingness to get stuck in!
If you come on a beginner's course you will be taken through the basics of karate - stance, use of the core muscles to generate power, and some of the more simple techniques. Exactly what you learn depends largely on you and how fast you feel comfortable progressing. You may find that you learn swiftly and move on to kata and sparring, but regardless of speed you can hope to obtain a basic understanding of what karate training is like. After four weeks or so, students are expected to make a decision about joining the club. This simply involves paying monthly rather than by the session and gains you a licence, which you will need in order to progress through the grades.
Monthly charges are £25 for adults and £15 for juniors (under 16s).