What is Karate?


Karate, meaning 'empty hand', is form of self-defence developed in Japan. It is an art that has spread throughout the world and for many practitioners it is not just a sport, but a way of life. Karate involves punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands. Grappling, locks, ground work, chokes, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in more advanced stages of training.


What will training sessions involve?


At NKMA we incorporate all of the traditional aspects of karate including Kata (forms), Kumite (sparring) and Kihon (basics). However we also take a more modern approach to training and on a weekly basis we incorporate street self-defence techniques, body conditioning, pad work drills and circuit/fitness training. In your more advanced training and in a safe environment, you will learn ground work, throws, locks and chokes. We believe that all these elements of your training are crucial to becoming a good all-round martial artist. With our very modern outlook on training, we also never forget to include a healthy amount of fun each week, with training to music and games designed to aid development.


Ways to Progress


At the start of your training you will be given a syllabus book which outlines a series of techniques that steadily increase in difficulty. To progress through the ranks towards your black belt, we have gradings which are held at roughly two to three month intervals. If you pass your grading you will be given a new belt, each time being of a different colour and eventually leading to your black belt (1st Dan). Once you earn your black belt your training only continues... as you continue your life long search for perfection.


If you would like to join our club, please contact us here.