What is Karate?The word ‘Karate’ is formed from the Japanese words Kara (empty) and Te (hand) to symbolise that its practitioners are unarmed but use their feet and hands as striking weapons.
What is Shotokan Karate?There are many different styles of Karate all of which conform to the above definition and place varying degrees of emphasis on issues such as speed and strength with techniques described as fast and strong.
Shotokan is a style of Karate that uses a balanced approach of these aspects. Since its introduction to Japan in 1922, Shotokan has spread to become the most widely practised style of Karate throughout the world.
Can anyone practise Karate?Anyone who is of reasonable health can practise Karate. Karate students will improve their self-esteem, self-awareness and self-control.
Is Karate good for children?
The training methods used in Karate are ideal for children’s lifestyles and needs. Its structured training system creates self-discipline and improves behaviour in many aspects of their lives as well as developing fitness strength and suppleness.
Its ‘sparring’ methods practise and dramatically improve reactions and greatly increase the child’s ability to block attacks and defend themselves. Educational authorities now recognise the positive value of Karate and children can now use Karate as part of the GCSE and A level in Physical Education.
What is the KUGB?Established in 1966 the KUGB is a democratic non-profit making organisation affiliated to European and World Shotokan Karate Bodies.
Solihull Karate Academy is affiliated to the KUGB which is by far the largest and most successful single style association in Great Britain and is made up of approximately 350 clubs whose members enjoy many benefits.