Senshi Ryu Karatedo
We call our style of Karate-Do ‘Senshi-Ryu’; this translates as Warrior ‘School’ or ‘Style’. It is a blend of traditional styles. Our focus is on effective self-defence against attackers that don’t follow tournament rules.
Our syllabus includes some of the techniques removed from Tudi as well as some techniques from modern fighting styles like Krav Maga and Kickboxing, just to bring it all up to date.
We don’t classify ourselves as a total ‘non-contact’ style like many modern schools. Any credible self-defence instructor knows that some contact is necessary in order to prepare students for a real-life encounter with an attacker. Senshi-Ryu students do begin as non-contact but as they gain experience, and an appropriate skill level, then a sensible level of contact is slowly introduced, which is trained under the strict supervision of experienced instructors. Even minor injuries are very rare.
We also condition our students by making use of striking implements such as kick shields and focus pads in much of our training. This conditions students to hitting or kicking a real object, and is a modern interpretation of using ‘makiwara’ posts or things such as buckets of wet sand, to condition fists and feet to striking real live objects.
We do practice traditional Katas as we believe they are perfect for teaching students fluidity of movement, using the entire body in our techniques, as well as the enjoyment of discovering the self-defence techniques ‘hidden’ within each kata.
Just like in any self-respecting Dojo, our classes are disciplined yet we make them fun. Our students are taught to avoid violence whenever possible, and are encouraged to show respect and humility.
We have an in-class grading system for the newest (and most nervous!) students, moving on to formal gradings to achieve the higher ranks. Student gradings are designed to test the effectiveness of their martial ability, rather than the elegant appearance of their techniques, as well as their spirit and character.
We have classes suitable for new students as young as 3 upwards, and there is no maximum age. We enrol people of any age, size and fitness level.