About Eastleigh Karate Club


EASTLEIGH SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB

Eastleigh Shotokan Karate Club is a family run organisation and is known for its friendly family environment for juniors and seniors or whole families i.e. mums, dads, brothers and sisters the club is a true family karate club that is non-profit making and practices the traditional art of Shotokan karate.

Eastleigh Shotokan Karate Club covers Eastleigh, Southampton, Winchester and all surrounding areas. The karate lessons are led by Sensei Andrew Gibb.  Eastleigh Karate Club welcomes adults and children from 6 years of age upwards.  All levels of ability and experience are welcomed from complete beginners to experienced students.  Eastleigh Karate Club is affiliated to the English and European Karate Organisation.

Eastleigh Karate club classes are made up of mixed ages and gender as we believe that training as a team produces a more welcoming atmosphere within the club and encourages each student to reach their potential. Our instructors are always on hand to help any student, both young and old, with any problems they are having during their training. Instructors are dedicated to ensuring that every student receives first class tuition and that all classes are performed in a safe and friendly environment.  Discipline is also one of the most essential factors during our classes and again we feel that when everyone works together as a team, discipline quickly takes care of itself.

If you are thinking about becoming a member of our club and have any questions, please visit the section within our ‘Contact page’ alternatively come along and meet us at our training venue and one of our instructors will be happy to answer any other questions you have.

We at Eastleigh Shotokan Karate Club sincerely trust you will enjoy the benefits of physical training and discipline along with the companionship of other people like yourself and we hope to see you at our next class.

WHAT IS SHOTOKAN KARATE?

The style of karate practiced is Traditional Shotokan, one of the most widely practiced styles of karate in the world.

Shotokan karate is a traditional martial art emphasising balance and muscle control, it advocates advancement based on effective techniques. We believe it is important to develop each technique to its maximum level.

We adhere to the same high standards originally set by the founder of Shotokan karate, Gichin Funakoshi.  Character, sincerity, effort, etiquette and self-control are our guiding principles.

Training in a traditional form has many benefits.  Shy personalities learn confidence, more boisterous personalities learn control.  Discipline, confidence, fitness, stamina, co-ordination, flexibility and humility are all areas in which you will see improvement with training in karate

Although Shotokan karate techniques are based on century old knowledge, it is our application that sets us apart. English Karate Organisation (EKO) instructors realise that each individual possess different natural abilities, and that size and strength vary from person to person.  Once you have acquired a strong foundation in the basics, our program is tailored to match your physical capabilities, in order to maximise your self-defence skills.  Should the need ever arise; you will possess a firm understanding of the mental and physical qualities required to defend yourself.

CAN ANYONE PRACTICE KARATE AT EASTLEIGH SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB?

Anyone who is in reasonable health can train at karate.

Yes, men, women and children can all take part in karate training. The true spirit of karate is more about effort than ability. The only requirement is that you can maintain concentration for the duration of the lesson. Karate students will improve their:

  • self-awareness
  • self-confidence
  • self-esteem
  • fitness.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LEARNING KARATE?

The physical training required to reach a high-level of skill in karate promotes overall good health, fitness, and well-being.  The concentration, commitment and dedication required help to build a strong, confident, and determined character.  There is a ‘Dojo Kun’, or training code, which not only ensures a disciplined training environment, but serves as a tool for moulding behaviour, so a true Karateka will fight with words.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN?

The first thing you will learn at Eastleigh Shotokan Karate Club is that karate starts with courtesy and finishes with courtesy, this is one of the most important maxims.

Whether you wish to do karate for self-defence, fitness, or just because you like the art you will naturally develop good mental and physical discipline. Your training will consist of three major components; Kihon, Kata and Kumite.

  • Kihon –  basics, this covers kicks, strikes and stances
  • Kata    –  set sequences of movements against an imaginary opponent which are designed to develop balance, strength, concentration, co-ordination, martial spirit and improved mental attitude
  • Kumite – non-contact combat.  Different formalised routines are explained and practised which develop your defence, attacks, counter attacks and timing.  From basic punches and blocks right through to semi free-style (for more advanced belts)

KARATE FOR CHILDREN AT EASTLEIGH SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB:

Eastleigh Shotokan Karate Club starting age is from six years upwards our unique children’s programmes are designed to develop:

  • Character and self esteem
  • Sincerity and respect for others
  • Self-control
  • Discipline (self)
  • Etiquette

The opportunities for self-development through karate training are significant but the benefits of involving your child in a karate program are far greater.

The self-image, confidence, discipline, and self-control your child develops today may well determine the degree of success and happiness he or she will experience as an adult.

Traditional karate helps to develop these qualities in children.  Parents and school teachers continually report improvement in the behaviours of children who train regularly.  This is because of the emphasis placed on good manners and self-discipline.

KARATE FOR ADULTS AT EASTLEIGH SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB:

Am I too old? This question is often asked by the more mature students who are amazed by the level of our older members within the English Karate Organisation. No one is too old to start karate!

Traditional karate is an exciting martial art, a blend of mental and spiritual elements.   The study of traditional karate produces an array of life changing benefits not found in any other activity or hobby.  It can be practiced at any age.

WHY DO I NEED A LICENCE?

Individual membership will only be available to members of our club, in affiliation to the EKO.  Applications for an individual membership must be made by applying for an individual Annual Licence which costs

  • Adult licence      £18.00
  • Junior licence    £16.00

The Licence serves as a record of achievement (belt grading and signature of grading officer) and member to member insurance in the unlikely event of injury. 

WILL I BE EXPECTED TO KEEP UP WITH THE CLASS?

Beginners often find it daunting to join a class where everyone appears to know what to do apart from them.

It can take three or four sessions before the class format and basic routines become familiar to a newcomer new students should not be put off by this introductory period each and  every other member of the class understands this and has of course been through a similar process themselves when they started.

 HOW DO I MEASURE MY PROGRESS?

All E.K.O. students are entitled to take grading examinations on average every four months.

These ‘gradings’ are conducted by senior examiners and there is a grading syllabus for juniors and seniors.

Coloured belts are used to denote grades. There are nine grades, known as Kyu, below black belt, with 9th Kyu, orange belt, being the first/lowest grade.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?

If you have a question that you cannot find an answer to you could always drop us an email.