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November 13, 2017


空手道は礼に始まり礼に終わる - Hitotsu karate do wa rei ni hagimari rei ni owaru.

Most, if not all of the world's wars can be attributed to a lack of respect such as cultural and religious insensitivity or a lack of tolerance. This by extension shows lack of respect fo...

March 13, 2017

Karate originated as a martial art hundreds of years ago and was brought to Japan from Okinawa. In Okinawa it was developed by a fusion between the local art of 'te' also known as 'todi' and chinese martial arts. Many famous practitioners at the time experimented and d...

August 14, 2016

Many decades ago, a great master called Jigoro Kano decided that he'd create a system called the Kyu/Dan system in order to differentiate the different skill levels of his students. This is the system our club follows today.

The 'Kyu' grades are the junior/novice grade...

February 6, 2016

The Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu(澁川一流柔術) is a style that was born and developed in the Edo era in rural areas of the Hiroshima domain, Japan. It was founded by Shuto Kuranoshin Mitsutoki in the last days of Tokugawa shogunate. He moved to Saka village, Aki county, Hirosh...

December 3, 2015


Centuries ago in battle torn Japan there existed a class of warriors known as the samurai. They lived and died by a strict code of honour in humble service to their masters, the emperors, shogons and daimyos of feudal Japan. The samurai wore heavy armour and s...

September 19, 2014

Though the word 'Jikan' has a couple meanings in Japanese. However, the kanji (Japanese writing) used in the name of our school is of buddhist origin and translates to mean 'house of compassion' or 'to observe compassion'.

So why the name?

Well, it is wished that in time...

June 15, 2013

Self-defence courses are usually marketed as being a quick quick and effective methods optimised for application in the real world. However, to imply that these courses are any more effective or practical in the real world than traditional martial arts is a wrong. Thes...

July 4, 2011

Many centuries ago there was a chain of small islands known as Ryu Kyu located off the Japanese mainland. The natives of Ryu Kyu practiced an unarmed fighting style known simply as 'te' meaning 'hand'. Ryu Kyu now known as Okinawa was one day invaded by the Japanese an...

July 4, 2011

Martial Arts training is a long proven means of attaining physical fitness. Beginners are coached so that they can reach to their full physical potential in order to supplement the technical aspects of their training, and eventually they learn to push themselves.


July 4, 2009

Essay by Jacob Greasley

I'm an engineer by profession. Its a challenge and my further education will also be a challenge for many years to come. So when it comes to my devotion to martial arts, as is the case for many others, you can guess that it has been quite a task...

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