Welcome to the Whitstable Karate Kai; we are a friendly and welcoming dojo with the Asian idea of family. The Dojo focuses on helping all the students to grow as individuals by developing self respect, respect for others, perseverance, patients and resilience when facing challenges.

Karate has given so much and continues to do so to the dojo's founders; they wanted to provide opportunities for others to gain the same experiences. This led to the doors opening the to the dojo  June 2002.

The Dojo teaches Okinawan Karate opposed to Japanese Karate, with a focus on studying Kata (the routines developed in the past which contain the essence of self-defense), within the Kata are the principles and concepts for practical self-defence, these are tested in two person exercises both yakusoku (prearranged) Jiyu (free form) Kumite (coming together of hands i.e. sparring), along with many partnered exercises to support Kumite practice.

The core Kata studied by Yudansha (students with Dan grades i.e. black belts) are those found within Naha-te Ryu-ha (the Karate schools around the Naha region of Okinawa), specifically those of Goju Ryu. While Mudansha (students without Dan grades) focus their studies on kata from the Shuri-te Ryu-ha.

In keeping with the teachings of the old masters the Whitstable Karate Kai also teach the weapons that compliment the unarmed aspects of Karate.  In 2014 Ryu Kyu Kobujutsu (weapons of Okinawa) was formally introduced to the Dojo when a study group was formed; which is open to all students over the age of 15 of the Whitstable Karate Kai and students from other Dojo's.

In 2014 a second dojo was opened initially teaching Toyama Ryu - Morinaga ha and Yamaguchi ha battodo (the use of the Japanese sword), in 2017 Muso Jukiden Eishin Ryu Iaido was added to the curriculum, after permission was given by Shimojo sensei to teach. The mind set required for Iaido is the same as that required for studying Karate and offer further options for students to develop.

To complement the sword arts of Japan a class for the Japanese mainland empty handed techniques  will commence in February  2018, this class will provide instruction in Dentoan Aiki Jujutsu which has is roots in Hakko Ryu and KoKoDo Aiki Jujutsu.


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