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Juniors and Adults Karate Grading at Northgate Sports Centre

Red Dragons Karate Grading at Northgate Sports Centre

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Steve Holland

1st Kyu

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Chris Sapsed

1st Dan

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Bill Williams

Chief Instructor, 4th Dan

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Gerry Turner

4th Dan

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Gillian Wreford

1st Dan

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Georgina Lawson

1st Dan

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Sean Daines

2nd Dan

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Adam Wreford

1st Dan

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Chris Stott

1st Dan

THE INSTRUCTORS

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New Website Launched

Welcome to the new look Northgate and Associated Karate Clubs web site. The site's had a major redesign to bring you a smart, modern, fully responsive experience with full blogging capability and interaction with social media. Club members also benefit from an online shop where they can purchase Karate clothing, equipment, syllabus and grading books.

Club members should register via the link at the top of the page.

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The Friendly Club

We are a friendly club with classes based at Ipswich, Kesgrave, Bury and Soham in Suffolk. Why not come along to a lesson for a chat or see us in action. Dates and venues can be found in the Menu.
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Over 30 years Experience

The club is run by Sensei Bill Williams 4th Dan and supported by local sponsors. We are affiliated to the EKF and local EKKA and regularly enter and win trophies at local and national competitions.
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On-Line Resources

Club members enjoy online access to our Karate Shop, Social Group and Photography site. We aim to provide a great online experience to members. Our Social and Photography sites offer secure access.
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featured icon The origins of Karate

The roots of karate stretch back as far as 2000BC. Karate began in the island of Okinawa and was introduced into mainland Japan by an Okinawan School teacher named Gichin Funakoshi. Here, he set up a training centre (“The Shotokan”), and students moved on to develop other styles. From here, the art gradually spread to the rest of the world.

featured icon What is Karate?

Karate is an exciting combat sport and an effective form of self-defence. ‘Karate’ means ‘empty hand’. It is a fighting system (Kumite) which uses the hands and feet to deliver blows, kicks and strikes with great power and control. Training involves warming up, stretching, strength training, basics, techniques, free-sparring and kata (shape, form and type).

featured icon Why practice Karate?

Socially, it’s a great way of making friends and there are always exciting and rewarding opportunities available. Progress is continual and is achieved through effective coaching and guidance of the instructor. Karate also (very much) applies to everyday life through self-defence. Not only will students be more confident in themselves but they will learn how to defend themselves in an unfortunate situation. Regular practise has continual benefits. Physically and mentally it increases: Fitness/stamina; Strength/tone; Flexibility, Balance, Self-confidence; Self-control; Mental awareness and Co-ordination

featured icon Who is it suitable for?

Everyone benefits from martial art. It attracts men, women and children of all ages and caters for all strengths and physiques. It satisfies those who enjoy using logic, strategy and memory. One attraction for women is that it’s high on aerobic fitness to achieve good all-over body tone. For women and children the practical method of self-defence is of great value, and for children, in particular, training helps focus attention, develop alertness, self-esteem and respect for others. Why not come along to a class, have fun, meet new friends and get fit in the process.