About Shotokan Karate
Shotokan Karate is the most popular style of karate in the world and there has been a Shotokan Karate Club here at Lincoln for nearly 15 years. Shotokan has emphasises on long stances and the philosophy of ‘Ikken Hissatsu’, or ‘to kill with one blow’ – of course, this isn’t particularly practical, but the goal would be to finish your opponent with your first (and hopefully final) blow.
We are affiliated to Traditional Shotokan Karate UK (TSKUK) and the World Union of Karate-do Federations (WUKF), with their respective headquarters being in Norwich, England, and Madrid, Spain. Currently, we train on Sundays in the Dance Studio of the Uni Sport Centre from 14:00-16:00, and Mondays from 20:00-21:00, and occasionally run extra mid-week training sessions.
Everyone is welcome at our club, regardless of your ability, whether you are a complete beginner or a World Champion. In fact, if you feel as though you are unfit, lacking in confidence or inflexible, you may actually have the most to gain from starting karate! You will be able to compete in a variety of competitions throughout the year, whether local, national or international and the opportunity to train with world-renowned instructors from all around the world. Karate is an excellent stress relief (perfect for dealing with those long essays and exam revision!), provides a full-body workout, improves strength, flexibility and coordination, your self-confidence and mental health – and you get to learn self defence all at the same time!
Karate is a traditional form of self defence which originates from Okinawa and Japan, literally meaning ‘empty hand’ – ‘kara’ (empty) and ‘te’ (hand) – where those who practice karate use their body, hands and feet as weapons to strike, block, disarm and takedown. Training is made up of three parts – kihon (basics), kata (form) and kumite (sparring).
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