Juniors and Adults Karate Grading at Northgate Sports Centre
Red Dragons Karate Grading at Northgate Sports Centre
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.
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.
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).
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
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.