Poulton Karate Academy is a traditional Shotokan Karate Club based in Poulton le fylde, England. The club is managed by an active committee of Dan grade Karateka who are Japanese trained. The aim of this blog is to extend the club to a wider audience promoting training, gradings, news and social events that you as visitor may find useful.
We train at Hodgson Academy, Moorland road, Poulton Le Fylde every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm.
On Tuesday 19th February 2013, Kato Kancho held a
training and grading course at B&WKC. The course was attended by more than
of twenty club members, a large number of whom would take their grade on the
Initial instruction in Kumite techniques was followed by
some Kata practice for all, before the grading candidates were 'quarantined' at
one end of the room whilst Kato Kancho put them through their grading syllabus.
Those not taking a grade continued with Enpi under the
instruction of Sensei Milena from the Whitchurch dojo.
I have to confess that my attention was not entirely
focused on my Kata instruction as I was keen to see how our grading candidates
were performing. It's very hard to keep track on a separate group at one end of
the dojo whist trying to perfect a high kata at the other. In the end I found
myself relying onless tangible evidence than eyesight - I had to assess the
'feel' of the grading, listen to the footfalls, to the snap in the gi's and
more than anything else - to the demonstration of kimae largely expressed
through the use of the kiai at this novice level..............
Throughout the general training and continuing into the
grading session it was particularly gratifying to hear our junior section
applying kiai's at all the correct times and in the true spirit of a martial
art -loud and focused !
The use of Kiai, the development and control of Kimae and
the understanding of inner Chi are all a life’s work. But a great starting
place is being comfortable to be loud and develop your Karate 'voice'.
All in all the night was a great success. All Karate-ka
demonstrated good martial spirit and all achieving their grades.