Beginners Info

New students are welcome to join the club at anytime - we have a 'rolling' agenda. Please arrive 15 minutes or so before the start of the class so that your details can be taken if you haven't completed the online form or to ask any questions you may have about karate. If you intend to come to a class, please complete our Registration Form first.
Registration Form - Online

Appropriate clothing for your first few lessons: Tracksuit bottoms and a T-Shirt. There is no need to inform the Club Instructor if you are coming but it is preferable. You must be 7 years + to join. Tell the Instructor before you train of any injuries or disabilities. In most cases this will not preclude you from training.

Fees are paid monthly and if training twice weekly or more, you will receive discounted lesson fees. Check the start times of classes by going to the TRAINING category on any of the main pages. Despite the fact we are open all year long, due to unforeseen circumstances i.e. previous / alternative hall hirings, personal commitments etc, training may be cancelled. This can be checked on the web site.

What you need to know

Typical classes
are an hour in duration and everyone trains together, whether they are junior; senior, male, female, experienced or beginner.

The lesson begins very formally with everyone following a sequence of bows. This is done out of respect between students and instructors and is a mutual thing. It is done as a precursor to taking a serious attitude to the training at hand and to wish all best endeavours in the training ahead. Although many aspects of the training are done alone, for those that require working with a partner it is vitally important that both parties work together in order that they may both benefit from the training.

Time is spent on warming up the body and stretching. The aim is to reduce the likelihood of injuries and to prepare the body for the training ahead.

After the warm up and stretching we move onto performing some basic techniques.

The three Ks of karate
In karate, we talk about the 3 Ks which stand for Japanese terms of Kihon, Kata and Kumite which relate to Basics, forms and sparring respectively.

Kihon (pronounced kee-hon) is generally translated as basics. Using the word basic implies that there is something advanced. In fact, everything we do grows out of our basics. By not understanding what we do, then one cannot do it properly.

Kihon will involve performing a variety of punches, strikes, blocks and kicks. These could be done on the spot and whilst moving. These may then been strung together in a sequence that challenges your body and limb control along with applying different methods of movement at the same time.

Kata (pronounced ka-ta) could be described as a fixed sequence of predefined karate movements. It could be described poetically as a dance and some may describe it as an imaginary battle against many opponents.

Hopefully that conveys what kata is and should be done with a physical and mental intent that brings it alive. Completing the shapes and movement without those two aspects means that the kata is dead.

The final K refers to kumite (pronounced koo-mee-tay). Many of the kumite routines that we practice in Shotokan are prearranged and ultimately controlled for safety to each other, they must still be performed with an intent to defeat your opponent. We train to adopt an approach to kumite that is always based on a strategy of attack. It is not self defence.

The class always ends with a closing bow identical to the start of the class.


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Social Events

At various times throughout the year, different types of social events are held.

These include: Combat Laser; BBQ's; meals out; Camping; Paintball; cinema trips; parties; Geocaching days and lots, lots more.


We have an annual membership fee which starts on the 1st April each year. The fee is paid pro rata depending on when you join the club.

TSKC offers you a start up package when you join which includes membership; JKA Licence and a discounted karate uniform (Gi) which is embroidered with the club badge. We also offer discounted membership fees and lesson fees for family memberships which can include up to four people.

We are affiliated to JKA England.