What is karate?
Karate is the practice and development of blocking and striking techniques for the purpose of self defence, health and self development within a specified code of behaviour allied to particular oriental cultural practices.
Movements are short, sharp and linear, with blocks being used to ward off an attack, followed by counter attacks to discourage further aggression. There are many spectacular techniques of destruction, but there also many lesser known techniques which are beneficial to health.
Besides being an excellent form of self defence, karate is also a thrilling competitive sport. Regular training in karate not only improves the body's physical stamina and suppleness but also produces the mental calm and assurance which comes from knowing you can defend yourself.Classes in Northampton
The Northampton Club is run by the Chief Instructor himself, Mr G. Sahota,
Gursharan Sahota was born in Kenya, East Africa but moved to the UK at the age of 12. He took up Karate at the age of 14 in the local Bedford club and was awarded black belt 1st dan (shodan) four years later.
Now an 8th Dan, Gursharan has competed in a multitude of kata and kumite events, many at national and international level. But the most significant event in his career was the visit he made in 1984 to Japan. There, he fulfilled a great ambition by training in a Japanese dojo under the instruction of Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa.
This experience proved to be a turning point for Gursharan. On his return to England, he realised the trip had been the inspiration he needed to dedicate his future to training and teaching karate as a way of life.
Classes are held on a Friday evening and Saturday morning.Contact Club Instructor
The Intermediate (Int) grade is for juniors under the age of 14 years, apart from the 1st Dan Intermediate grade, which is for Juniors and Seniors
|10th Kyu||Blue Belt|
|9th Kyu||Red Belt|
|8th Kyu||Orange Belt|
|7th Kyu||Yellow Belt|
|6th Kyu Int||Yellow with Green Tag|
|6th Kyu||Green Belt|
|5th Kyu Int||Green with Purple Tag|
|5th Kyu||Purple Belt|
|4th Kyu Int||Purple with White Tag|
|4th Kyu||Purple/White Belt|
|3rd Kyu Int||Purple/White with Brown Tag|
|3rd Kyu||Brown Belt|
|2nd Kyu Int||Brown with White Tag|
|2nd Kyu||Brown/White Belt|
|1st Kyu Int||Brown/White with Red Tag|
|1st Kyu||Brown/Red Belt|
|1st Dan Int||Brown/Black Belt|
|1st Dan||Black Belt|
"Hitotsu! Jinkaku Kansei ni Tsutomuru Koto !" (One! To Strive For The Perfection of Character!)
"Hitotsu! Makoto No Michi O Mamoru Koto !" (One! To Defend The Paths Of Truth !)
"Hitotsu! Doryoku No Seishin O Yashinau Koto !" (One! To Foster The Spirit Of Effot !)
"Hitotsu! Reigi O Omonzuru Koto !" (One! To Honour The Principles of Etiquette !)
"Hitotsu! Kekki No Yu O Imashimuru Koto !" (One! To Guard Against Impetuous Courage !)