Fortknocks Kimura Shukokai Karate clubs covering Dudley, Sedgley, Kingswinford & Tipton areas, are proud to be members of the Shukokai Karate Federation who are members of Kimura Shukokai International (official world governing body for Kimura Shukokai) and English Karate Federation (official governing body for Karate in England).
The club was opened in 2004 by Sensei Audun Daniels 6th Dan, 6x KSI World Champion, 8x KSI European Champion.
Since then some of its club members has achieved various success at various competitions national & international since its opening.
The clubs are located at:
Fortnocks Health & Fitness Centre (1)
St Chads Church Hall (2)
Training sessions are on Mondays at St Chads Church Hall from 7pm - 9pm, and Saturdays at Fortnocks Health & Fitness Club from 12.30pm - 1.30pm.
Many people are different and take up Karate for many different reasons. Some take up Karate to mainly keep fit, some take up Karate to be actively involved in competitions and some take up karate purely for the learning of the traditional martial art.
We cater for all these levels and so anyone can take up Karate as Karate is for all.
Minimum age to start training is 5 years old.
What is Karate? In Japan over many centuries, fighting without weapons was a skill handed down from generation to generation, father to child, teacher to student. More recently we have seen the art of Karate - "The Way of the Empty Hand" - develop into a renowned and skilful martial art.
Shukokai Karate is "The Way for All" and was developed in modern times by the late Master Kimura. It is one of the most powerful forms of karate in which students learn to utilise the mechanics of the body to their best effect.
What does Karate offer? Karate is a skilful martial art but at the same time it is intended to be enjoyed by the students and get them fit. Students will learn self control and how to share, work and have trust in others.
What does a class involve? Beginners will be introduced to the basics of karate including stances, punching, kicking and blocking. There will be general fitness training, self defence and some bag and pad work which will lead on to sparring techniques, ringcraft and sparring itself. Students also learn different forms or sequences of moves known as kata and their application to real life situations. In addition students will learn about the etiquette of karate including politeness and respect.
All students are taught that "The ultimate aim of the martial arts lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of the character of its participants".