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Karate

About us

About our Dojo

We pride ourselves on being a dojo that has our roots and lineage firmly planted in Okinawa (the birth place of karate)

We practice traditional Goju Ryu karate, this being our primary focus, as this enables our students to experience the true traditions of Okinawan karate as well as being taught a practical form of self-defence. Our students are taught the value of mutual respect, integrity and honesty.

Our dojo does participate from time to time in various sporting karate tournaments, while this as we said before, is not our primary focus, we do believe that there are students that are very keen to enter competitions, and we encourage this as part of character building.

We offer classes to all students ranging from beginners to advanced, classes are divided according to grades. We offer classes from ages 5 years old.

 

Sensei Adrian May

·       3rd Dan OGKK Karate

·       2nd Dan Ryu Kyu Kobudo -weapons

·       Paramedic – 24 years

·       Rescue medic qualification

·       Started training karate 1985

·       Visited Okinawa July 2019 – trained with Okinawa masters

·       Trained with Hiroshi Akamien Sensei -Ryu Kyu Kobudo – July 2019


Sensei Natalie May

·       3rd Dan OGKK Karate

·       2nd Dan Ryu Kyu Kobudo – weapons

·       Credit Controller-medical practice

·       Bookkeeping certification

·       Currently studying -Diploma in Personal Training-HFPA academy (2020)

·       Level 1 first aid

·       5th Place-World kata championships-Okinawa July 2019

·       Visited Okinawa July 2019-trained with Okinawa masters

·       Trained with Hiroshi Akamien Sensei-Ryu Kyu Kobudo -July 2019

DOJO KUN -set of principles that guide both the Sensei and student in their karate career.

Be humble and polite
Train considering your physical strength
Practice earnestly with creativity
Be calm and swift
Take care of your health
Live a plain life
Do not be too proud or too modest
Continue your training with patience

GRADING SYSTEM OF OGKK                        Senior Grading


White belt

 

Yellow belt

10th Kyu

Yellow +1

9th Kyu

Orange belt

8th Kyu

Orange +1

7th Kyu

Green belt

6th Kyu

Green +1

5th Kyu

Blue belt

4th Kyu

First brown belt

3rd Kyu

Second brown belt

2nd Kyu

Third brown belt

1st Kyu

Black belt

1st Dan


Junior Grading

White belt

 

Yellow belt

20th Kyu

Yellow +1

19th Kyu

Yellow +2

18th Kyu

Yellow +3

17th Kyu

Orange belt

16th Kyu

Orange +1

15th Kyu

Orange +2

14th Kyu

Orange +3

13th Kyu

Green belt

12th Kyu

Green +1

11th Kyu

Green +2

10th Kyu

Green +3

9th Kyu

Blue belt

8th Kyu

Blue +1

6th Kyu

Blue +2

5th Kyu

Blue +3

4th Kyu

First brown belt

3rd Kyu

Second brown belt

2nd Kyu

Third brown belt

1st Kyu

Black belt

1st Dan



What is required in a grading:

The student will be required to perform the following during the grading, the Sensei will explain each technique before the student begins.


  • ·       basics
  • ·       stepping basics
  • ·       stances
  • ·       kata
  • ·       kumite (sparring)
  • ·       bunkai (practical application of kata)
  • ·       supplementary training
  • ·       fitness test of increasing difficulty

Requirements for grading:

White to green belts will grade, on average, three times a year. Blue to third brown belts will grade twice a year. Younger students get a red stripe if they pass a grading and when they have three red stripes, they move up to the next belt.

There is a compulsory minimum waiting period of one year between third brown and black belt.

Students will be invited by their sensei if they are ready to grade, keeping the following in mind:

  • ·       Attitude
  • ·       Standard
  • ·       Time
  • ·       Attendance
  • ·       Age (for juniors).