TSKC

Tairyoku SKC

Tairyoku
Shotokan
Karate
Club

Who are we?


We were founded and established on 18th September 1999 by Sensei Lester Wellington and started out at our Bierton Dojo. Since then he has trained many students to attain their Black Belt and has had great success with a number of students being part of the JKA England Squad. Our Club Instructors are qualified and EKF approved, First Aid trained and have DBS enhanced certification. With six regular dojo's throughout Buckinghamshire and spilling into Oxfordshire in which you can train. We accept students of all ages from 7 years +, whether you are male or female; a complete novice or experienced karateka; Martial artist from another Association or style, you are welcome.

New Members Info


Ever tried karate?

Read on! Your first lesson is FREE!
New students are welcome to join the club at anytime - we have a 'rolling' agenda.

We also ask that before you attend your first class, please take the time to fill in our registration form online. This will save time when you arrive at the dojo.

Here is a link to the online registration form:

Registration Form - Online

Find out all about joining.

Beginners Info

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News

Private Lessons
Are you behind on lessons? Do you need to attend more lessons to make your quota before the next grading? TSKC is offering you the chance to have private lessons individually or as small groups (no more than 4) to help you reach your quota. Each hourly lesson will count as 3 lessons towards your grading. Private lessons will enable you to improve your techniques and fine tune the details in your kata. For full details and more info contact Lester Wellington - Chief Instructor via email.
Click here for email address.

Gradings 2023
The following dates for KYU Gradings have been booked and are due to take place as follows:

Saturday, 18th March 2023
➢ UPDATE: Saturday, 10th June 2023
Saturday, 16th September 2023
Saturday, 16th December 2023
Saturday, 16th March 2024
Saturday, 22nd June 2024
Saturday, 14th September 2024
Saturday, 14th December 2024

All Confirmed dates

TSKC KYU Grading

16th December 2023



Congratulations to those students who participated in the grading today. It was nice to see all the students train hard and have a good attitude towards their grading.

Rebecca Garnett - 2nd Kyu
Arathrika Subahar - 2nd Kyu
Isaac Butler - 3rd Kyu
Kate Garnett - 3rd Kyu
Diana Agbenu - 4th Kyu
Joseph Wilson - 5th Kyu
Lily Sexton - 5th Kyu
Jack Francis - 6th Kyu
Ira Burford - 7th Kyu
Jason Nguyen - 7th Kyu
Mason Vu - 7th Kyu
Phoebe Duggan - 8th Kyu
Alfie Whiting - 8th Kyu
Riley Wells - 8th Kyu
Youseff Hsaini - 8th Kyu
Yuliya Kharchenko - 8th Kyu (Double Grade)
Olga Savina - 9th Kyu
Polina Ovchinnikova - 9th Kyu
Daria Ovchinnikova - 9th Kyu
Noah Murphy - 9th Kyu
Mason Wadham - 9th Kyu


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Central & Northern Competition - Report

17th September 2023


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A huge congratulations and thanks to the 13 students who participated in the competition on Sunday 17th September 2023 in Northampton. Obviously as I was officiating, I did not get to see you all compete and I have been informed by the organiser that there will be no published list of medal recipients so I am relying on information I have received. Should you know anymore, please let me know.
Emily Heaney - GOLD in Kumite
Michelle Payne
River Redman - BRONZE in Kata; BRONZE in Kumite
Lara Jones - SILVER in Kata; BRONZE in Kumite
Emily Hannon - SILVER in Kumite
Lily Sexton - BRONZE in Kata; BRONZE in Kumite
Yaniv Kader
Daniel Agbenu - BRONZE in Kata
Diana Agbenu - SILVER in Kumite
Jack Francis
Ben Wheeler - through to the finals
Michael Adekoya
Praise Adekoya - SILVER in Kumite
This was a first for over half of the squad that attended and I am very proud of them for making that commitment.

Central & Northern Competition

17th September 2023



Good luck to those students attending the Central and Northern Region Competition on Sunday 17th September. A huge thank you to Graham, Leon and Aaron for volunteering as Club coaches and Officials for the day.

Don't be late!

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TSKC KYU Grading

16th September 2023



Congratulations to those students who participated in the grading today. It was nice to see all the students train hard and have a good attitude towards their grading.

Taran Anand - 4th Kyu
Michael Adekoya - 4th Kyu
Praise Adekoya - 4th Kyu
Diana Agbenu - 5th Kyu
Joseph Wilson - 6th Kyu
Lily Sexton - 6th Kyu
Michaela Higham - 7th Kyu
Jack Francis - 7th Kyu
Mason Vu - 8th Kyu
Ira Burford - 8th Kyu
Jason Nguyen - 8th Kyu
Jake Marshall - 9th Kyu

TSKC KYU Grading

10th June 2023

Congratulations to those students who participated in the grading today. It was nice to see all the students train hard and have a good attitude towards their grading.

Rebecca Garnett - 3rd Kyu
Lexton Walmsley - 3rd Kyu
Kate Garnett - 4th Kyu
Taran Anand - 5th Kyu
Michael Adekoya - 5th Kyu
Praise Adekoya - 5th Kyu
Joseph Wilson - 7th Kyu
Lily Sexton - 7th Kyu
Mason Waddup - 8th Kyu
Yaniv Kader - 8th Kyu
Jack Francis - 8th Kyu (Double Grade)
Phoebe Duggan - 9th Kyu
Alfie Whiting - 9th Kyu
Ira Burford - 9th Kyu
Jason Nguyen - 9th Kyu
Mason Vu - 9th Kyu


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Shodan Assessment

4th February 2023

The next Shodan Assessment will be held on the above date at the Bierton Sports Centre. This is for 1st KYU students who wish to take or re-take their Shodan Grading on Sunday 26th February 2023.


TSKC Grading Success

4th December 2022

With the pandemic in our past but not forgetting that the threat of Corona virus is still very real, students from the club went to the JKA England Winter international Course over the weekend of 2nd - 4th December 2022 where Ben Wheeler and Leon Haines were going to try and grade for 2nd DAN Nidan) and Lara Jones and Ayushi Garg were grading for 1st DAN (Shodan)

After a 3 hour training session followed by Lunch and then a further wait of nearly two hours whilst the grading for 3rd to 5th DAN took place - their grading began, however, it was still another hour or so before Lara and Ayushi had theirs as they were Kumite only and had to wait until the full gradings had taken place. Similarly for Leon and his grading which was after Ben had taken his grading, following the 1st DAN grading. Well it was worth the wait. Both Lara and Ayushi passed Shodan, Leon passed Nidan and Ben is kumite only next time. Congratulations to you all.

TSKC are always looking for new members to come and join our club whether you have experience in martial arts or not. If you are interested please contact us via our CONTACT page.


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Next KYU Grading:

17th December 2022

The next Kyu grading will be held on the above date at the Bierton Sports Centre. The general class will commence at 10am and the Grading will follow. You must submit your Grading Request Form (GRF).

GRF Please bring your licence with you on the day. Payment can be made either before via online banking or on the day (cash; cheque or credit / debit card).


TSKC Grading in Bierton

25th June 2022

Heading back to some normality now. The number of students grading is increasing and long may that last.

The mid year grading at Bierton started with an hours class to run through the grading syllabus for the students grading.

It was good to see five students taking their first grading as much as it was to see two of the committed students finishing up their KYU grades. A huge congratulations to all students who took and passed their grading.

TSKC are always looking for new members to come and join our club whether you have experience in martial arts or not. If you are interested please contact us via our CONTACT page.


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Events

Shodan Assessment

4th February 2023

This is for 1st KYU students who wish to take or re-take their Shodan Grading on Sunday 26th February 2023. Written exam followed by training and physical assessment.

Venue

Bierton Dojo

Time

9am - 12pm

International Course & DAN Grading

26th February 2023

National courses are essential training for all students, particularly brown belts preparing to take their Shodan grade and black belts looking to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in technique and kata. These courses are for JKA England members only – please ensure your licence is in date before attending.

Kyu grades are very welcome at the course – we appreciate that the training can be demanding, so regular breaks will be taken and younger students may leave in the break if they wish. If you wish to take your DAN or KYU Grading, please contact Sensei Wellington for details

Shodan, Nidan & Sandan Grading – Please contact your chief instructor to ensure you have the correct paperwork and understand the costs for grading, registration (if you pass your grading) and black belt (if needed) (cash only on the day). Sandan candidates must have attended a full (3 days) of an international course in the last year. Everyone grading must pre-reregister by completing the google form registration and uploading their paperwork. Please contact technical@jka-england.org for more details.

YOU MUST BUY AN EVENT TICKET ONLINE: JKA England Events

Schedule:

Venue

Newark Academy, NOVA, London Rd, New Balderton, Balderton, Newark NG24 3AL

Time

11am - 1pm training,
2pm - 5pm DAN grading

INSTRUCTORS

Ohta Sensei, 7th Dan, JKA England Chief Instructor
Senior Instructors from the Technical Committee

TRAINING COST

All grades: £15

JKA England Kata Course

7th January 2023

Start the new year with JKA England’s annual Kata Course! This course is designed for all grades so please join and learn.

•JKA England members only.

YOU MUST BUY AN EVENT TICKET ONLINE: JKA England Events

Venue

Caroline Chisholm School, The Wooldale Centre for Learning, Wooldale Road, Wootton, Northampton, NN4 6TP

Time

Saturday 10am - 1pm

INSTRUCTORS

Ohta Sensei, 7th Dan, JKA England Chief Instructor
Senior Instructors from the Technical Committee

TRAINING COST

All grades: £15

TSKC KYU Grading

17th December 2022

Last KYU Grading of the year.

Training will start at 10am sharp. The grading will follow. If you wish to participate in the grading please complete the Grading Request Form. (GRF). No GRF, No Grading! (Members Only!) JKA England members only. You can pay for training / Grading online before the day.

Venue

Bierton Sports Centre, Burcott Lane, Bierton Buckinghamshire HP22 5AS

Time

Saturday 10am

INSTRUCTOR and EXAMINER

Lester Wellington


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Shodan Assessment Report

Name:
Stephen Kempt
Date: 10th June 2023

Written Exam
Silly errors could have cost you a fail!
60%

Kihon
You need to pay more attention to keeping a lower stance and when stepping, ball of the foot first. Your back foot in front stance always appears to turn out at 90 degrees when it needs to be facing forward a lot more i.e. 45 degrees or less. Your techniques have improved BUT you neet to ensure that you finish each move with kime and power. You must demonstrate each technique in a combination separately. Lastly slow down.

60%
Kata
Bassai Dai
Lifting heels too much. Remember to turn on both heels for moves #11 and 13. Timing and tempo throughout the kata needs to be improved. Need to vibrate your hips on moves #29 - 31 not rotate. Some strange positioning of right arm #25 which you know about.
Tekki Shodan
Maintain Kiba dachi stance and use your upper body properly. You do suffer with the count to this kata so revise.
Heian Yondan
Heels and stances again and in this kata, timing and tempo are important.

60%
Kumite
JKIK:
Attack
As you step to attack, you are stomping. Step onto ball of foot. When attacking with Kekomi you need to use more thrust and lock it and face towards your opponent. Turn more on your supporting leg.
Defence
More power! More Kime throughout! Relax more.
Jiyuu kumite
You need to relax when performing freestyle and not use the same techniques over and over again. They want to see what you can do. Try to avoid kicking too much - not your strong suit.

58%
Physical Assessment Overall Result:  60%

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COMMENTS:

Steve, you have passed your assessment - just! As you know, you need 60%+ in both parts of this assessment and you have just scraped through. This mark (60%) means that if you perform this well on the day, you'll have a 60% chance of passing. You have my permission to attend the course and grading in Aberyswyth at the end of June but you are so borderline. During the past 12 months your training has been very sporadic due to your other commitments and engagements. The choice is Grade.


Grading date: 25th June 2023

Remember: When you get your Black belt, that's when your training starts!

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Updates


Click here for

Dojo Venues


Bierton Dojo

 

Winslow Dojo

 

Medbourne Dojo

 

Waddesdon Dojo

 

Bicester Dojo


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Kyu Gradings & E S P



KYU Grading dates can be found on the Events section under Training.

KYU gradings are held at the Bierton Dojo 4 times a year, usually in the months of March; June; September and December. The gradings are held on Saturdays and comprise of pre-grading course with the Examiner.

Following the course will be the Kyu grading. This is also the time when any presentations are made to the students: DAN grade certificates; best student for each dojo since the last grading; plus other miscellaneous awards that may need awarding.

ESP: Is for students who have recently joined TSKC and are beginners - White Belts - who have either missed the previous regular grading or joined shortly afterwards, we have the ESP Grading (Orange stripey belt!). If you are a White belt you are able to attend an ESP (Extended Student Programme) grading, which are held at Bierton on various dates. This is the only Provisional Grade we have and enables new students to experience what is yet to come at a regular grading. It will provide you with the necessary confidence to take your first full grade in front of a visiting Examiner, familiarise yourself with what you have to do and where you have to go.

Lesson starts at 10am and the grading will follow. You will be required to submit a Grading Request Form which can be found on the website. Do not forget to bring your licence and grading fee on the day.

If you take an ESP grading, there are one of three levels you can pass: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The first will indicate to the next Examiner that you work extremely hard and there may be a possibility of double grading. You will be awarded an Orange belt with a White stripe. Silver and Bronze passes wear the same belt - a White belt with an Orange stripe. The former indicates that you have reached the required standard to take the next grade. A Bronze pass means that you haven't yet reached the required standard to take the next grade but in the coming weeks may do so. You may not be ready for the next grading.

What do I need to do before the Grading?

TRAIN HARD!
Now please read through this info and if you have any questions, refer to the FAQ section below first. If that doesn't give you the answer you can email TSKC to get your answer.

Email

Approximately 1 -2 weeks before the grading is due, you will need to start preparing your paperwork. You will need to submit the following;

  • Grading Request Form
  • This is a very important form. Complete the form ONLINE and send direct to me.

    Online GRForm

    Email

    Examples shown to the right - click pic to go to the Picture Gallery!
    On the day of the Grading or anytime before, you will also need to:
  • Submit your current and valid JKA England Licence Book
  • Your licence must be current and in date. If it has expired, you will need to renew it ASAP with your club instructor. Take note: This process can take up to 10 working days to return! Submit in plenty of time.
  • Grading Fee
  • This can be submitted with cash; cheque; Bank transfer or TSKC Vouchers

    What will happen in the Grading

    Prior to the grading there is a lesson conducted by the Grading Examiner. This is approximately an hour long and the content is aimed at what to expect in the grading as well as some other fun stuff. Aspects of Kihon, Kata and Kumite are covered which tends to put the students at ease and get to know the Examiner. The course is FREE for those who grade and a nominal charge will be made to other karateka who wish to partake in the course only. It is an open course to all Shotokan practitioners.

    The schedule for the grading starts with the lower grades being tested first. You will complete 3 sections: KIHON (basics); KATA and KUMITE (sparring). You will be called up in Grade, height and age order. At the end of your grading, you will be told if you have passed or not and what you need to work on for your next grading as well as any other important information relevant to you. There are several outcomes for your grading:

    Double Grade. There is a possibility that you may double grade. This is not common and indeed, you need to have performed exceptionally well in order to be asked to do the next grading. Double grading stops at 8th Kyu (Red) to 6th Kyu (Green). There will be an extra cost to you of £10 should this happen.

    Full Pass. Having passed your grading, on receiving your licence book back from the Grading Examiner, he / she will inform you what part of your karate needs work or indeed what they were impressed with. If your grading is considered as a border line pass then you may be told that you cannot grade for at least 6 months in order to get back up to full potential but you will still receive a full pass.

    6 Months. The Grading Examiner feels that you need more training and has stated that you must wait 6 months before you grade again. This will be in addition to receiving a FULL pass and not a Temporary Pass.

    Temporary Pass. You did not reach the required standard to pass as a full kyu grade. There may have been mistakes in your kata or kumite which needs to be worked on. You will, however, be permitted to wear the belt of the next rank but at your next grading, you WILL have to take this grading again to achieve a full pass. During the period of training leading up to your next grading, you will also be working on the syllabus for the grade of the belt you wear as well as the previous grade. Some time before the next regular grading, if you have been working hard and achieving a very good standard you may be invited to attend an intermediary grading to remove the Temporary pass and attend the following grading on a full pass. You must show that you have been committed to your training and demonstrate you are worth the full pass.

    Unsuccessful. This is a rare commodity at TSKC I am pleased to say. Students who fall below the minimum requirement to receive a temporary pass will remain on the belt they started with. Naturally, detailed feedback will be given to the student to ensure that they are ready for the next grading.

    Successful students (double grade / Full pass / Temporary pass) will receive their next belt immediately after their grading and be presented with a KYU Grading certificate in due course. Those students who were Temporary grade before the grading will get their grade confirmed. They have already received a belt and certificate for this grade but if they went on to take the next grade, will of course receive the belt and certificate of the new grade.

    Information
    When do I qualify to grade?
    In order to qualify to take a kyu grading, certain criteria should be met. Firstly, there is a minimum 3 month period and at least 20 lessons required between each grading. Both must be satisfied. This means that you will need to be training twice weekly to achieve this, especially from yellow belt upwards. A private lesson equates to 3 regular lessons. Shortfalls can be made up here. It is not easy to reach a good standard to grade after 3 months by training once a week. At least 3 days prior to the grading you must submit a Grading Request Form so that a decision can be made to see if you are up to the required standard to take your grading. Your Licence Book and grading fee should be handed in as soon as possible, if not, on the day but this does cause delays.

    White 10th Kyu Purple 5th Kyu
    Orange 9th Kyu Purple / White 4th Kyu
    Red 8th Kyu Brown 3rd Kyu
    Yellow 7th Kyu Brown 2nd Kyu
    Green 6th Kyu Brown 1st Kyu
    Black 1st Dan
    Karateka receiving a temporary grade must take the grading again next time although they can wear the belt of the next grade until then.

     

    FAQ's
    Browse the Frequently Asked Questions below and click for the answer.

    How long do I need to wait between gradings?

    How many gradings a year are there?

    When and where will they be held?

    What do I need to submit for my grading?

    What if I cannot attend but have submitted my documentation?

    What is a Grading Request Form?

    What if I discover my licence has expired?

    Where can I get a GRF and how do I renew my licence?

    I have a Temporary grade. What does that mean?

    Do I have to attend the training before grading?

    How much is the pre-grading course?

    What if I am not here for the TSKC scheduled grading?

    If I was fortunate enough to double grade, do I have to pay extra for the grading?





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    DAN Gradings

    DAN Grading dates and Venues can be found on the Events section under Training.

    DAN gradings take place at various times throughout the year after a JKA England National or International course - on average there are at least 3 DAN gradings per year. Usually there are two National and two International courses. The former at locations around the UK and the latter are currently held at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley.

    Karateka can take up to and including 5th DAN in this country. Students grading for Shodan (1st DAN) must pass an Assessment prior to attending the grading. All karateka attempting a DAN grading must have the written permission of the Chief Instructor.

    As a candidate to take your Shodan grading, you must have attended at least two National and / or International courses - (the one on the day does not count) - one of which is within 12 months of the Grading date. You must have passed an Assessment; have permission to grade from the Chief Instructor TSKC; there must be at least 6 months since passing your 1st Kyu; take two passport sized photos of yourself on the day of the grading. Your grading form will be partially completed for you. If the grading is for a re-take for kata or kumite, you will be required to produce the previous grading form as proof of taking that grading and provide information for the Examiners so don't lose it!

    If you are grading for Nidan and above, you are required to complete the self assessment form also. Those taking Sandan and above must attend all the days of the course they are taking the grading at.

    Information

    General info
    As of 1st January 2010, the new grading fees for DAN grades came into effect together with changes associated with the grading.

    INTERNATIONAL COURSE NATIONAL COURSE
    1st DAN Full £40
    Second attempt* £35
    1st DAN Full £45
    Second attempt* £40
    2nd DAN Full £40
    Second attempt* £35
    2nd DAN Full £45
    Second attempt* £40
    3rd DAN Full £40
    Second attempt* £35
    3rd DAN Full £45
    Second attempt* £40
    4th DAN Full £45
    Second attempt* £50
    4th DAN N/A
    5th DAN Full £45
    Second attempt* £50
    5th DAN N/A
    * For those who take a Dan grading and achieve only a partial pass with permission to take either Kata or Kumite only next time, the new regulation requires that this condition of taking just kata or kumite will apply once only. Therefore if you do not succeed at the following grading, you will have to take the full grading again on the next occasion.

    There are also DAN registration fees to be paid on the day should you be successful in passing your grading.


    FAQ's
    Browse the Frequently Asked Questions below and click for the answer.

    When will I be eligible to take Shodan?

    Do I need to go on a course?

    What is a Shodan Assessment?

    Why do I need to take an assessment?

    When and where will the assessment take place?

    Are there a minimum number of lessons I have to attend?

    What documentation will I need?

    How much will it cost?

    How and when do I pay?

    When will I get my certificate?

    What's next?



    If you need any further information or if your question has not been answered, please contact us via the online email form.
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    Shodan Assessment

    All JKA England 1st kyu students must undergo an assessment
    prior to taking their Shodan grading. This is held 2 - 3 weeks before the grading at a TSKC dojo. Please check NEWS and Events sections of the website for dates.

    You must pass the both parts of the assessment before you will be given permission to grade. Below is a link with information you may find useful for your shodan assessment.

    Miscellaneous Info

    Written

    There is a written exam to take. This will be in the form of a mixture of answer types: True / False; Multiple choice; text answers and a knowledge of Japanese terms will also be expected. All the questions will be based on what a karateka should know to be a Black Belt. The questions will be taken from information that is on this website. Below is a guide to help you.

    The exam should take no more than 30 minutes to complete although you can take up to an hour to complete it. You need to score a minimum of 60% to pass.

    Practical

    The practical part of the exam is to determine whether students are up to the required standard. This should give a good indication to the Chief Instructor, that they will have a good chance in passing. It should also ensure the students that they will not embarrass themselves at the grading because they were not ready.

    You will be assessed on your Kihon, Kata and Kumite skills. You need to have an overall score of 60% or more to pass. You will receive feedback which you must take on board prior to the grading.

    Assessment Guide

    Click the button below to read the guide


    Assessment Guide

    I Passed!

    Grading is not too far away from the assessment, so although you may have passed, I guarantee there are still many things you can work on to improve. Remember: Just because you passed the assessment, that doesn't mean you WILL pass your grading! Listen to the feedback you are given and work on those points that need work. Your paperwork will be completed for you but you will need to provide two passport sized photos.

    If this is to be a re-take of the grading you will also need to take your previous Grading Record Form with you.


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    Venues and Times

    Bierton Dojo (Honbu)
    Bierton Sports Centre, Burcott Lane,
    Bierton Bucks HP22 5AS

    Saturdays
    10:00am - 11:00am

    Winslow Dojo
    Winslow Public Hall, Elmfields Gate
    Winslow, Bucks MK18 3JG

    Tuesdays
    7pm - 8pm
    Fridays
    7pm - 8pm

    Waddesdon Dojo
    Village Hall, High Street, Waddesdon
    Buckinghamshire HP18 0JE

    Tuesdays
    7pm - 8pm

    Medbourne Dojo
    Medbourne Pavilion, Pascal Drive
    Medbourne, Milton Keynes MK5 6LS

    Wednesdays
    7pm - 8pm

    Bicester Dojo
    St Mary's School, Queens Avenue
    Bicester, Oxon OX26 2NX

    Thursdays
    7pm - 8pm


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    Miscellaneous



    As it was decided that members of TSKC wishing to take their Shodan grading should also take a written exam as well as the mandatory practical assessment, we thought it only right to provide the information that might be used to formulate the questions in the website. To these ends, the exam is based on information that EVERY JKA DAN grade should know. Below is a compilation of information that will assist you in passing the exam and ensure that you become a competent and knowledgeable DAN grade. This is information useful for every karateka.

    Dojo's and Training
    Use the following links to access other relevant information you may want to research.

    15 Shotokan Kata

    Heian Shodan
    Heian Nidan
    Heian Sandan
    Heian Yondan
    Heian Godan
    Tekki Shodan
    Bassai Dai
    Jitte
    Hangetsu
    Tekki Nidan
    Tekki Sandan
    Jion
    Empi
    Kanku Dai
    Gankaku
    Nuggets

    The exact position of the blocking arm in Rising Head block is as follows:

    Palm facing front
    Fist is one fist higher than the elbow
    Arm is 1 - 1½ fists away from forehead
    Arm is above the head
    Elbow is in line with shoulder, hip and knee
    Arm is square, not pointing backwards
    Straight wrist

    The kyodo numbers of a kata relate to the actual count for the kata. You should know the number of moves in each of the Heian katas; Tekki Shodan and Bassai dai together with the numbers of the moves for each Kiai.
    Please note the characteristics for the following kata:
    Heian Sandan - Smooth transition (movement) between different stances
    Heian Yondan - Demonstrate slow and fast moves with Kime
    Tekki Shodan - Maintain stable kiba dachi stance throughout and have a flexible upper body


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         Tairyoku
    Shotokan
    Karate
    Club


    The name Tairyoku means

    "with the strength of one's body" - being made up of the two Japanese characters Tai (body) and Ryoku (power). We were established on 18th September 1999 at the Bierton dojo which is our Honbu (Headquarters) and since then we started another 8 other regular dojo's and two school dojo's.

    Our dojo's are situated all over the County of Buckinghamshire and we also spill over the border into Oxfordshire with our Bicester dojo. As all of the clubs are considered as one club, it doesn't matter which dojo you go to initially, you are permitted to train at any of the regular dojo's. In fact, you are encouraged to train!

    We offer regular training five days a week from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Sundays are not redundant either and there are various training opportunities where courses, competitions, seminars and workshops are scheduled in connection with the club or JKA England. We hold our club Kyu gradings on a Saturday. Information regarding our venues; events; training days and times can easily be found on our website.

    At Tairyoku Shotokan Karate Club, we teach and practice JKA Shotokan karate, the most original style of karate that's taught professionally and academically. Shotokan karate is known for its linear movements and long, deep stances. Its emphasis is on mastering specific techniques.

    The aim of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) which has headquarters in Japan, has members spanning over 100 countries is the promotion of karate and its benefits and values throughout the world.

    JKA England is a nationwide organisation for the development, teaching and promotion of authentic JKA karate in England whose Chief Instructor is Yoshinobu OHTA 7th DAN JKA.

    Ohta Sensei is a graduate of Takushoku University and has also attended the famous Instructors Classes at JKA Headquarters in Japan. From 1982-2003 Ohta Sensei was the assistant to Keinosuke Enoeda, 9th Dan.


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    • Dojo Code

      At Tairyoku, it is traditional to recite the Dojo Code at the end of every lesson. This is an old tradition that continues in some of the better known clubs today.

      Here is the version the TSKC karate-ka recite:-

      Exert oneself in the perfection of character;
      Be faithful and sincere;
      Cultivate the spirit of perseverance;
      Be respectful and courteous;
      Refrain from impetuous and violent behaviour;

      • Jinkaku kansei ni tsuto nuru koto.

        Pronounciation! Jeenkaku kansay nee / sto muru koto.

        English translation: "Seek perfection of character."

      • Makoto no michi o mamoru koto.

        Pronounciation! Mahkoto no meechee o / mahmoru koto.

        English translation: "Be faithful."

      • Do ryoku no seishin o yashinau koto.

        Pronounciation! Do ryooku no saysheen o / yashinow koto.

        English translation: "Endeavor to excel."

      • Rei gi o omonzuru koto.

        Pronounciation! Ray gi o / omonzuru koto.

        English translation: "Respect others."

      • Kekki no you o imashi muru koto.

        Pronounciation! Keh'key no you o / imashimuru koto.

        English translation: "Refrain from violent behaviour."


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    Dojo Rules

    Upon joining a club, membership must be paid promptly.
    Each karateka must hold a current licence.
    The class fees must be paid for on the day of the lesson.
    All jewellery and watches must be removed before training. Jewellery that cannot be removed must be covered.
    T-Shirts and vests will not be worn under the gi of male karateka.
    Karateka will not practice kumite before or after a lesson without the permission of Sensei or under the supervision of Sensei or his nominee.
    Karateka will refrain from running around the Dojo. The club will not tolerate students standing around in little groups, talking or laughing, as this impedes those students who wish to limber up properly.
    Any member who does not renew their Membership within one month of expiry, will be taken off the list and their membership of TSKC lapses. They will have to re-apply for membership to TSKC in the usual way which includes a joining fee and will not be allowed to train at a TSKC dojo.
    Within one month of attending a club, each new member must apply for a licence.
    Each member will be eligible to take a grade, under the discretion of Sensei. There will be no exemptions to these rules. Also to take a grade, one must produce a current licence.

    Grades are usually taken every four months provided the previous requirements are met, in that you have trained for 3 months and attended the required 24 lessons.


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    Dojo Etiquette

    JKA Karateka also conduct themselves within the wider and more general rules of Karate etiquette. These practical guidelines are for all members and should be considered the same as common courtesy or politeness as in daily life.

    • On entering the Dojo each student must bow. The same when leaving.
    • The white Karate Gi must be kept clean and in good condition.
    • Toenails and fingernails must be kept short and clean.
    • Every effort must be made to be punctual. If one arrives late they must kneel in front of the class until the Instructor calls them on, then they must take their place quickly in the class.
    • If someone wants to leave the class they must ask the Instructor first.
    • When the class is called to order, line up smartly and face the “Shomen” position, i.e. towards the front of the class.
    • There is a specific order to events prior to and after training. How to line up, how to stand, kneel (seiza), bow etc. All students are carefully instructed in these formalities and should follow them.
    • No jewellery or rings to be worn in the class. If one cannot remove a ring, then put tape around it.
    • No chewing, talking, smoking or any offensive behaviour in the Dojo.
    • "Oss" is a sign of respect and is used generally in karate, especially in the following situations:
      upon receiving any advice or command from the instructor ; when bowing at the start and finish of the class; in any other appropriate situation, for instance during gradings or competitions.
    • During any Karate functions, i.e. training, competitions or demonstrations the student must always address this Instructor as "SENSEI" and must comport himself with dignity at all times.
    • In the event of the Instructor arriving late, the Senior must sign in and take the class, the Senior being the longest serving or the highest grade, and as such, demands the same respect as the "SENSEI".
    • When visiting another Dojo, proper protocol is to obtain a note of introduction from your Instructor and present that to the Instructor of the Dojo being visited. It is discourteous to attend another Dojo without observing this rule. This is particularly relevant in the event that you are travelling Nationally or overseas.
    • Train at least twice a week where possible.
    • Turn your back if you have to adjust your Gi or tie your belt.
    • Any member arriving late must take up a kneeling position at the back of the Dojo and await permission from the instructor before joining the class at the back. On receiving permission, bow and then join the class.
    • At the beginning of the lesson, the most senior grade lines up at the front right hand side of the dojo. After lining up, students kneel down together (seiza). Everyone bows to the front and to the instructor (sensei ni rei).
    • At the end of the lesson, kneel and at the instruction "MOKUSU" shut your eyes and breathe. At the end of the class, students line up and then assume seiza position. There is a brief meditation (mokusu). The guidelines set out in the dojo kun are central to all karate-do training and are meant to apply both inside and outside the dojo.
      On the instruction "Shomen Ni Rei", bow silently.
      On the instruction "Sensei Ni Rei", bow and say "Oss".
      On the instruction "Otagai Ni Rei", bow and say "Oss".
      Students then stand, one at a time, from right to left, in order of seniority. This should proceed quickly and appear like a wave rolling from right to left.
    • Students are not allowed to leave the Dojo before the instructor has given permission or left himself.


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    Glossary



    Japanese Pronunciation English
    Age Uke Ah-geh oo-kay Rising block
    Choku Zuki Cho-koo zoo-key Straight punch
    Chudan Chew-dan Middle level
    Dachi Dah-chee Stance
    Dojo Dough-joe Training hall
    Empi En-pee Elbow
    Empi Uchi En-pee oo-chee Elbow strike
    Empi Uke En-pee oo-kay Elbow block
    Fumikomi Foo-me-koh-me Stamping kick
    Gedan Geh-dan Lower level
    Gedan Barai Geh-dan bar-eye Lower parry
    Gedan Zuki Geh-dan zoo-key Lower punch
    Gi Ghee Training suit
    Gyaku Gya-koo Reverse
    Gyaku Zuki Gya-koo zoo-key Reverse punch
    Haito Uchi Hi-toe oo-chee Ridge hand strike
    Haito Uke Hi-toe oo-kay Ridge hand block
    Kumite Koo me-tay Sparring

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    Japanese Pronunciation English
    Jodan Joe-dan Upper level
    Kage Uke Kah-gay oo-kay Hooking block
    Kage Zuki Kah-gay zoo-key Hooking punch
    Kata Kah-tah Formal exercise
    Keage Key-ah-geh Snap
    Kekomi Key-koh-me Thrust
    Kiba Dachi Key-bah dah-chee Straddle or horse riding stance
    Kime Key-may Focus
    Kizami Zuki Key-zah-me zoo-key Front snap punch
    Kokutsu Dachi Koh-koot-su dah-chee Back stance
    Kyu quew Rank below Black Belt
    Mae Geri Mah-eh geh-rhee Front kick
    Mawashi Geri Mah-wha-she geh-rhee Roundhouse kick
    Morote Uke Moe-rho-the oo-kay Augmented block
    Nukite Noo-keh-tay Spear hand straight thrust
    Oi Zuki Oh-ee zoo-key Stepping punch
    Rei Ray Bow
    Sempai Sem-pie Senior
    Sensei Sen-say Teacher
    Shizentai She-zen-tie Natural stance
    Shuto Uchi Shoe-toe oo-chee Knife hand strike
    Shuto Uke Shoe-toe oo-kay Knife hand block
    Soto Ude Uke So-toh oo-day oo-kay Outside forearm block

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    Japanese Pronunciation English
    Teisho Uchi Tay-sho oo-chee Palm heel strike
    Teisho Uke Tay-sho oo-kay Palm heel block
    Tettsui Tett-soo-ee Bottom fist
    Uchi ude Uke Oo-chee oo-day oo-kay Inside forearm block
    Uraken U-rack en Back fist
    Ushiro Geri Oo-sheer-rho geh-rhee Back kick
    Yama Zuki Yah-mah zoo-key U punch
    Yame Yah-may Stop
    Yoko Geri Yoh-koh geh-rhee Side kick
    Zenkutsu Dachi Zen-koot-su dah-chee Front stance
    BASIC KATAS
    Heian shodan Hey-an sho-dan Heian 1
    Heian nidan Hey-an nee-dan 2
    Heian sandan Hey-an sun-dan 3
    Heian yodan Hey-an yo-dan 4
    Heian godan Hey-an go-dan 5
     
    Tekki shodan Teh-key sho-dan Tekki 1

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    SPARRING
    Kumite Koo-me-teh Sparring
    Gohon Kumite Go-hon koo-me-tay 5 step sparring
    Ippon kumite Ee-pon koo-me-teh One step sparring
    Jiyu ippon Gee-you ee-pon koo-me-teh Semi-free sparring
    Jiyu kumite Gee-you koo-me-teh Free sparring

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    COUNTING
    Ichi Ee-chee 1
    Ni Nee 2
    San Sahn 3
    Shi She 4
    Go Go 5
    Roku Roh-koo 6
    Shichi She-chee 7
    Hachi Hah-chee 8
    Ku Koo 9
    Ju Joo 10


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    Kata Videos

    Kihon
    Kata

    # of moves: 20

    First kiai: 8

    Second Kiai: 16

    Heian
    Shodan

    # of moves: 21

    First kiai: 9

    Second Kiai: 17


    JKA 15

    Heian
    Nidan

    # of moves: 26

    First kiai: 11

    Second Kiai: 26


    JKA 15

    Heian
    Sandan

    # of moves: 20

    First kiai: 10

    Second Kiai: 20


    JKA 15

    Heian
    Yondan

    # of moves: 27

    First kiai: 13

    Second Kiai: 25


    JKA 15

    Heian
    Godan

    # of moves: 23

    First kiai: 12

    Second Kiai: 19


    JKA 15

    Tekki
    Shodan

    # of moves: 29

    First kiai: 15

    Second Kiai: 29


    JKA 15

    Bassai
    Dai

    # of moves: 42

    First kiai: 19

    Second Kiai: 42


    JKA 15

    Jion
     

    # of moves: 47

    First kiai: 17

    Second Kiai: 47


    JKA 15

    Empi
     

    # of moves: 37

    First kiai: 15

    Second Kiai: 36


    JKA 15

    Kanku
    Dai

    # of moves: 65

    First kiai: 15

    Second Kiai: 65


    JKA 15

    Kanku
    Sho

    # of moves: 48

    First kiai: 6

    Second Kiai: 48

    Gankaku
     

    # of moves: 42

    First kiai: 28

    Second Kiai: 42


    JKA 15

    Jitte
     

    # of moves: 24

    First kiai: 13

    Second Kiai: 24


    JKA 15

    Chinte
     

    # of moves: 33

    First kiai: 28

    Second Kiai: 32

    Hangetsu
     

    # of moves: 41

    First kiai: 11

    Second Kiai: 40


    JKA 15

    Nijushiho
     

    # of moves: 34

    First kiai: 18

    Second Kiai: 33

    Gojushiho
    Sho

    # of moves: 65

    First kiai: 57

    Second Kiai: 64

    Tekki
    Nidan

    # of moves: 24

    First kiai: 16

    Second Kiai: 24


    JKA 15

    Tekki
    Sandan

    # of moves: 36

    First kiai: 16

    Second Kiai: 36


    JKA 15

    Bassai
    Sho

    # of moves: 27

    First kiai: 17

    Second Kiai: 22

    Unsu
     

    # of moves: 48

    First kiai: 36

    Second Kiai: 48

    Sochin
     

    # of moves: 41

    First kiai: 30

    Second Kiai: 41

    Gojushiho
    Dai

    # of moves: 67

    First kiai: 59

    Second Kiai: 66

    Wankan
     

    # of moves: 24

    First kiai: 24

    Second Kiai: N/A

    Meikyo
     

    # of moves: 33

    First kiai: 32

    Second Kiai: N/A


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