We have students of all ages from beginners to black belts. Classes are fun as well as practical. We often have guest instructors from other disciplines such as judo or ju-jitsu. Whether you have trained before and for one reason or another given up training, or if you are a first-timer, Wokingham Shotokan Academy welcomes you!
Sensei Gary Leyshon, 2nd Dan, has been practicing karate for several years, first with the KUGB and then with the SSKA. He took over the Wokingham Club in January 2016 and often steps in to teach at other local clubs when needed. He believes in traditional Shotokan Karate that is for everyone, regardless of age or ability.
WHAT IS KATA?
A set of learned movements where the kareteka defends against imaginary opponents.
There are 27 katas to learn in the SSKA, but luckily not all at once!
WHAT IS KUMITE?
Kumite is the practical application of what a karateka has learned from kihon and kata by 'sparring' with opponents. There are three types of kumite in the SSKA: kihon (basic), semi-free sparring and freestyle sparring.
WHAT IS KIHON?
Kihon is the foundation of karate; basic moves which kata and kumite are based on, including stances, strikes, defences and combinations of moves. These can be using the arms, legs or both.