From years of experience we know that the best way to get someone to black belt status is to build up a series of attainable short-term goals. These are the various belt promotions or gradings you will take on your journey towards your black belt. Although the gap between a beginner and black belt can feel immense, the jump to your first belt (yellow) is a realistic goal of around 12 weeks
The main technical characteristic of Shorin-ryu Karate is to concentrate one’s power (kime) into the target smoothly, accurately, in the precise instant it is needed. This method of concentrating power is practiced through the kata internally to externally, using movements that are naturally healthy for the practitioner. This practice causes no pressure on the internal organs and little disturbance of respiration. Relaxed natural movement punctuated with focused releases of power causes no unnecessary muscle fatigue. Energy is preserved leaving the body and mind alert and ready to respond as needed.
Kihon Waza (basic technique)
Is how we develop striking and blocking skills.
We teach historically correct Kata of the Shuri-te lineage as taught to all Ryukyukan members through Hanshi Nohara. These patterns teach students fighting skills that have been past down over hundreds of years.
Kumite (exchange of hands)
Sparring is the culmination of all of the above training, allowing students to put the skills that have been learnt into practice.
Naihanchi Shodan, Naihanchi Nidan, Naihanchi Sandan
Pinan Shodan, Pinan Nidan, Pinan Sandan, Pinan Yondan, Pinan Godan
Passai (sho) and Passai (dai), Kusanku (sho) and Kusanku (dai), Gojushiho and Chinto.
This is the practice of weapons used in the ancient Ryukyu’s. Some weapons evolved from farm implements which could be used by peasants against the swords of wealthier attackers. Other kobudo weapons were used by the upper class. We teach historically correct Kobudo of the Ryukyus as taught to Ryukyukan members by Hanshi Nohara. The practice of Kobudo improves the use of dachi (foot, leg and hip position) to generate power, conditions arm and hands, and sharpens focus and awareness.
We pride ourselves in having a truly in depth knowledge of both the martial arts and modern teaching methods. We are committed to helping you reach black belt excellence, we will do everything in our power to assist and encourage you if you too are committed.
The style of karate that we practice is Shorin-ryu, which is a traditional style from Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate. Students are taught the self protection skills of Karate in an atmosphere of mutual respect, discipline, and etiquette. We encourage our students to have an open mind to all martial arts and we provide training courses with world class teachers from other martial arts such as, Ju-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Aikido, etc.
The Matsuri School continues to grow, mainly through the recommendation of our members. We have seen many of our students progress from child to adult, from beginner to teacher and in some cases an entire family to black belt.
New students are always welcome to join our school
and getting started is easy
With your first lesson FREE and a FREE Karate uniform
when you enrol with Matsuri Dojo Stevenage
If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our program, send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
St Joseph’s Church, Bedwell Crescent, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 1NJ