There are an estimated 150,000 Karateka (practitioners) in England. The majority practice two to three times a week to keep fit and in pursuit of the ultimate goal of a Black Belt. It is very common for practitioners to start as children and continue to practice as senior citizens.
There are many styles of Karate but Karateka tend to mix well together and enjoy comparing training methods and techniques and show respect for each other; visitors to dojos from other styles and associations are almost invariably made welcome.
Karate is the largest Martial Art in the country and is practised by both sexes and involves many from poorer areas.
Sport England and the CCPR recognise this inclusivity and Karate is seen as meeting all their requirements of equity, ethnicity, gender and age and as having a code of conduct which is socially highly beneficial. Karate is recognised by the educational establishment as a criteria for GCSE and A Level in Physical Education.
Article extracted from: http://www.karateengland.org.uk/news.html
It is a sad fact that in today’s society the fear of physical violence is on the increase. And lets face it, violence, anti social behaviours, abuse, bullying and crimes in general are a sad reality of the society in which we live.
The following statistics are Crimestoppers office year-end statistics, from April 2010 until the end of March 2011, and reflect results based on anonymous information Crimestoppers has received:
Number of people arrested and charged by crime type:
BUT… this are just the ones that have been arrested and charged, there are many more which do get away with their offences. What is worse, even if they have been arrested, the damaged has already been done.
Hopefully you or your family will never be in a situation where you have to defend yourself, but if put in this position Karate could be the deciding factor. Not only does Karate give you fitness, flexibility and the physical attributes to be able to cope with a violent situation, but a calm confidence which also acts as a deterrent.
I’ve just been informed that Fujiwara Sensei’s father has recently passed away. Our thoughts are with him and his family!
Between Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th of June, Leo Lipinski assisted by Paul Coleman 7th Dan, Rasto Mraz 7th Dan, Abel Figureido 6th Dan and Vitor Gomes 6th Dan delivered an outstanding seminar which was based on kihon kumite techniques and advanced katas. Unfortunately, Fujiwara Sensei couldn’t make it this time due to his dad being ill.
On a personal level, I was looking forward to my 2nd Dan JFK Goju Kai and Seiwakai grading, but on Sunday morning I pulled my hamstring pretty badly and I had to retire from the seminar and was unable to test for my 2nd Dan. I’m utterly gutted as I have trained pretty intensively and worked on my sanchin, tensho and seiyunchin katas, as well as on my basic kihon and kumite.
I’m now out of action for some 4 weeks, but as soon as my leg is better I will be back training.