SHOTOKAN KARATE

Discover the many benefits of practicing the most
popular Karate style in the world!

Classes for all ages and abilities taught by National Governing Body and PVG registered instructors as recognised by Sport Scotland

FIRST 2 CLASSES FREE TO TRY!

NEW MEMBERS NOW ENROLLING

Simply come along to class 10mins before start of session and speak to the class instructor and complete the registration form.

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SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE 2019

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Our daughter, now 12, moved from our local village class (which was ceasing to run) to Shoshin 18 months ago. Richard was recommended to us as the most suitable instructor to bring her on and her enthusiasm for the sport has soared with the encouragement and support that she has had from Richard and other members. She is now looking at attaining her black belt within the next year!!

Our 15 year old son who has Autism and ADHD showed no interest in karate or sports until his sister attended Shoshin and he agreed to give it a go after some gentle persuasion. He was made more than welcome and was treated with equality and respect. He LOVES the classes and especially enjoys, and benefits from the support and laughs he has with the adult members too. He too has come on leaps and bounds as he works his way through the gradings as quickly as his sister did. We cannot recommend Shoshin Karate enough. There is a perfect balance of discipline and fun and anyone wishing to try karate for the first time or advance their skills would not be disappointed with Richard and everyone at Shoshin.

Pamela Orr

My son started training with Shoshin Karate in 2013 at the age of 6, he was welcomed by all at the dojo and made to feel part of the team right from the start. Richard the karate instructor is a remarkable coach who has a real passion about teaching karate and genuinely makes the learning process fun and interesting. A few months later after watching how much fun my son was having training, I also decided to give karate a go at the age of 40. I didn’t realise at the time but my journey to black belt had started. Personally, I don’t think I would have achieved my black belt had it not been for the encouragement and dedication in the instructors abilities. I would certainly encourage anyone who is interested in learning traditional Shotokan Karate to give this club a try.

Allan Cope

Myself and my two children have been training with Richard Sensei since the beginning of Shoshin Karate, over 10 years, and have enjoyed every class, even the ones where I`ve been struggling to walk out the door due to being knackered. Richard has been with us throughout our karate journey from beginner to Black belt and has always been helpful, patient and friendly, offering instruction, constructive criticism and pushing us to achieve our best. If you want to learn traditional karate, have some fun and get fit along the way, please do come along.

 

Ian McVickers

WHAT IS KARATE?

Karate is a system of self-defence and physical culture originally developed and refined in Okinawa and Japan. The word Karate is formed from the Japanese words Kara (empty) and Te (hand), symbolising that its practitioners Karate-Ka are unarmed, but use their hands and feet for blocking and striking. Training is conducted within an environment based on certain Japanese cultural practices.

WHY DO PEOPLE DO KARATE?

There are many reasons; however, the majority of people feel that with an ever-increasing violent society, the need to be able to protect themselves and their families becomes the most important. With bullying still present at school, the self-confidence gained from Karate can make a big difference to a child’s school life.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF KARATE TRAINING?

The physical training required to reach a high level of skill in Karate promotes overall good health, fitness and wellbeing. The concentration, commitment and dedication required, help build a strong, confident and determined character. There is a “Dojo Kun”, or training code, which not only ensures a disciplined training environment, but also serves as a tool for improving behaviour, so that a true Karate-Ka will only use their fighting skills as a last resort.

THE TRAINING

You are not required to have any level of fitness to start training as long as you are in good health. Many people believe you have to be fit or flexible to do Karate, this is not so. The training is designed to improve these qualities over the years. All we ask is that you give 100% effort when training and enjoy the class. Karate students will improve their health, self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. Parents and teachers continually report on the improvement in the behaviour of children who train regularly at our Karate class. This is because of our disciplined training structure and the emphasis placed on good etiquette.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN KARATE TRAINING?

Training is structured into three main sections – Kihon (fundamental basic techniques) consisting of blocks, strikes, punches and kicks. Kata, (formal exercises), involving the fighting of multiple opponents at the same time, and Kumite (sparring). Each section has a range of complexity to suit the different levels or grades of students. Kumite will be introduced as basic blocking and counter-attacking but will progress at a later stage to free sparring which develops the timing, reflexes and co-ordination necessary for self-defence and competition. Close supervision of children is strict when doing all forms of fighting.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TRAIN?

This is totally dependent on what you wish to gain from Karate, obviously the more you practice the faster you learn. As a general rule, training twice a week will keep you in pace with the rest of the class. Less than this and you need to be questioning yourself whether you are serious enough to learn a Martial Art. More than twice and the growth will be accelerated.

FIRST TIME ATTENDING THE CLUB FOR TRAINING

The hardest thing about attending a Karate class is walking into the Dojo (training hall). If you have already done that, then congratulations, if you are unsure or nervous about entering on your own don’t worry, ask the dojo secretary to guide you in. It’s quite natural to feel nervous.

JOIN US

We understand that people like to try things before making a commitment. We offer the chance of a FREE TRIAL, so you can come along and train in our classes for free before you decide if you wish to join. This gives you the option to try Karate before purchasing the equipment needed and paying for classes.

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FIRST TWO LESSONS FREE TO TRY!

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Interested?

Why not come along for a FREE TRIAL and find out if our Karate classes are for you?

Simply come along to any class and speak to the instructor, or alternatively complete the contact form opposite and click on the “Send” button for more information or to reserve your space.

WOODLANDS COMMUNITY SPORTS HALL

WOODLANDS COMMUNITY SPORTS HALL

MONDAY

KIDS & ADULTS CLASS: 6pm-7pm

WOOLANDS COMMUNITY SPORTS HALL
Cochrane Avenue
FALKIRK, FK1 1QE

ST MUNGO'S RC HIGH SCHOOL

ST MUNGO'S RC HIGH SCHOOL

TUESDAY

KIDS CLASS (5YRS+): 6:30pm-7:30pm
ADULT CLASS (13yrs+): 7:30pm-8:30pm

ST MUNGO’S HIGH SCHOOL
Merchiston Avenue
FALKIRK, FK2 7JT

BEANCROSS & NEWLANDS COMMUNITY CENTRE

BEANCROSS & NEWLANDS COMMUNITY CENTRE

WEDNESDAY

KIDS & ADULTS CLASS: 6pm-7pm

BEANCROSS & NEWLANDS COMMUNITY CENTRE
Montgomery Street
GRANGEMOUTH, FK3 8QR

ST MUNGO'S RC HIGH SCHOOL

ST MUNGO'S RC HIGH SCHOOL

THURSDAY

KIDS CLASS (5YRS+): 6:30pm-7:30pm
ADULT CLASS (13yrs+): 7:30pm-8:30pm

ST MUNGO’S HIGH SCHOOL
Merchiston Avenue
FALKIRK, FK2 7JT

WOODLANDS COMMUNITY SPORTS HALL

WOODLANDS COMMUNITY SPORTS HALL

FRIDAY

KIDS & ADULTS CLASS: 6pm-7pm

WOOLANDS COMMUNITY SPORTS HALL
Cochrane Avenue
FALKIRK, FK1 1QE

Karate for all ages

Karate is a martial art which develops and enhances both physical and mental abilities regardless of age. Karate classes cater for the young and the mature student. Karate is tailored to meet your ability and can enhance other areas of your life in school, work and socially.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Event Information:

  • Sat
    16
    Nov
    2019

    JKS SCOTLAND NATIONAL COURSE & KYU GRADING

    JKS Scotland HQ, 24 Dickson Street, Elgin Industrial Estate Dunfermline KY12 7SN

Shoshin Karate Centres was established in 2009 by Instructor Sensei Richard Steen, a full-time qualified instructor with forty years’ experience in the Martial Arts and a registered instructor with the Japan Karate Shoto Federation Scotland and the Scottish Karate Governing Body.

We are a family friendly Karate School teaching Traditional Shotokan Karate, Self-Defence, and Sport Karate to children, teens and adults of all ages and abilities within premium sports and recreation venues in and around the Falkirk area of Central Scotland.

We are affiliated to the Japan Karate Shoto Federation Scotland (JKS Scotland), the largest and most successful Karate association in Scotland, and have direct affiliation to JKS International Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

We offer regular training, courses and seminars to all our members with top “Japanese Karate Masters” from Japan and provide our membership the opportunity to train directly at the JKS International Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

We also provide pathways and opportunities to individuals interested in the Sport and competition side of our art and can provide coaching and tuition from beginner to international level athletes and competitors.

Shoshin Karate Centres does actively encourage participants into competition if they choose to go along this route, however the training and personal development of the Individual is of most importance.

All instructors are fully insured and certified coaches through the Scottish Karate Governing Body (SKGB), the only recognised governing body for Karate in Scotland, and are Enhanced Disclosure Scotland/PVG certified and recognised by Sport Scotland.

Shoshin Karate Centres actively encourage all members to attend training courses and seminars along with its Instructors where possible to aid and advance their progression.

Shoshin Karate Centres welcome total beginners as well as the more advanced practitioners and students of other arts to our classes. Although it is very rare for us to do so, we reserve the right to refuse anyone access to our classes, if we feel they are unsuitable to our Dojo.