Successful students from our July Grading. Instructors / Examiners were really pleased with the effort and focus shown by students of all ages, and the standards they all reached. As well as their belts these students have all earned a Certificate recognising the move up in grade. The belts and certificates are a physical recognition of something less tangible. Effort and hard work. Karate requires a personal commitment at all ages, enjoyment and fun are part of the journey, but it is a persona...
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Photos from a very busy and very successful grading. I hope they capture the intensity and atmosphere as it was created by the Students, the Black Belts and the families and friends watching.
Another great success for Roffey Karate club, its students, its supporters and Parents. We have supported and contributed to many charities and will continue to do so, this time there was less pain. No punching, kicking or press-ups, just Karate, coffee and cakes. Many people baked cakes and came along to support, many students came and trained. Lots of Tea and Coffee was drunk, lots of cakes eaten and of course lots of money raised. the total is at present £309. Thanks to everyone who took ...
Here are some more photos from this months grading!
Roffey Karate Club has always engaged with charity fundraising, having completed a Sport Relief Mile and the Kick Challenge in previous years. Students have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into these challenges and raised fantastic amounts of money for charity. For Red Nose Day 2017, Roffey Karate Club set a target of delivering a monstrous total of 25,000 punches as a club over the six lessons in the week leading up to Red Nose Day itself.
Students of all ages and all grades took part, each...
We have had some questions about the Kata we practice - it is fantastic to see so many students interested in what they are learning. Here are details of the Kata we practice at Roffey Karate Club. Keep an eye on updates here, as there will be more detailed posts about the individual Kata posted. Here is one about the first Kata we learn, Pinan Nidan http://www.roffeykarateclub.co.uk/kata-pinan-nidan/
On December 17th 2016, five of our students took the challenge of a black belt grading. Between them they had very nearly 40 years of training, and they brought all that effort and experience to their grading.
So Roffey Karate now has five new Dan grades, Julie Elliott, Victoria Strelciunaite, Tone Vallestad, Rhiannon Fitzgerald and Thomas Claridge. They undertook over three hours of physical testing - covering the basics, blocks, Kata, Self Defence, Kumite and the dreaded Bunkai (explan...
Back before Christmas, All About Horsham came along to a Tuesday session to see what we get up to at Roffey Karate Club. They took some fantastic photos and spoke to a number of students and instructors. The article is now out and available to read online on the AAH website linked below - our article starts on page 57. It has captured the spirit of Roffey Karate Club, with input from younger students and is an excellent article about ALL of you.
There will also ...
Kata is one of the fundamental aspects of the study of Karate. Kata combines strikes, blocks and other moves into a set sequence.
When Karate was being developed in Okinawa, kata was the principal means of teaching. Yasutsune Itosu developed the Pinan katas around 1905. Itosu is said to have learned a kata from a Chinese man living in Okinawa. Itosu then formed five katas from this longer kata, as he thought would be easier to learn. These five kata were Pinan Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, and...