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...
Today saw a very successful tranche of gradings for the students of Roffey Karate Club. These gradings are always very nerve-wracking for juniors and adults alike, but every single student came out and performed. Each belt is a huge achievement and advancement in Karate and shows yourselves, your instructors and everyone else that you are progressing exceptionally. Whilst certain techniques, kata and blocks are the core of each grading, the essence of the progression is the determination and foc...
The 17th March 2016 marked 25 years since Sensei Phil achieved his First Dan black belt. This has been a cause for celebration and time for us all to say thank you to Sensei Phil for all he has done. Sensei Phil has given so much to his individual students and Roffey Karate Club as a whole. Through constant guidance, support and encouragement Sensei Phil has allowed students of all ages to successfully achieve their goals. I think all students will agree that Sensei Phil’s knowledgeable and appl...
THE STUDENTS AND SUPPORTERS OF ROFFEY KARATE CLUB have once again excelled themselves. You have raised over £600 for SPORT RELIEF. This year the fundraising was and turned out to be far more demanding than many expected, but everyone kept focus and met their 100 Kick Challenge. In some cases it was even more.
The kicks were completed in one session against a kick bag and checked to make sure every kick was correct and counted.
Over the years we have done many other fundraising events for ...
Some pictures from the grading. Successfully graded to 1st Dan are ANTONIA BESU, JOANNA CANHAM ,
SIMON CANHAM and ANISH HURYNAG.
The pictures show the view we see as the Grading panel. These gradings are an intense experience for all involved. This is an achievement well within the grasp of all students. It requires effort, focus and determination.
Congratulations to everyone who graded, who assisted on the day and who contributed to those successes.
Hi everyone, apologies for the lack of updates through the year but Facebook seemed to take over a bit. I am trying to get our website up to date early in 2015
So I will try to get the year in one story item. Our Facebook page has had a load of photos from 2014 added in so please have a look.
As ever it's almost impossible to capture the year because as ever it seemed to fly by with gradings courses injuries etc etc.
Our involvement with the Sport Relief Mile was a great success and there...
Roffey karate ended a very successful and enjoyable year with their annual awards evening, and I apologise to Sensei Gregg and Sensei Alex for any embarrassment caused by the games.
The evening was well attended with over 50 students attending the three sessions.
Award winners came from all age groups which is really encouraging. As ever the awards are for showing true Karate Spirit and behaviour. We look all year at how the students train, the effort they put in the contribution they ...
The Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games took place on Sunday 23rd March 2014. We at Roffey Karate Club have supported many Charities over the years and this was our most successful to date. We had 90 runners of all ages and the total raised has hit £2500. That's a phenominal acheivement for a small club like ours. Well done all who took part and thank you all who sponsored us.
We have set up this gallery and there are some pictures of our brave and energetic participants who represented the club ...