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.
My day-to-day karate at home is focused on the practical application of
Recently I have preferred to practice fewer Kata, to be
‘narrow and deep’, rather than ‘broad and shallow’ in my approach. There are
just not enough hours in the day to give 26 plus kata the justice they deserve.
I prefer an approach of being able to perform a few kata to the best of
my ability, which is not an easy route when including the relevant bag work,
bunkai and oyo waza. My objective when visiting Andre Bertel in Japan was not
only to work out a good plan for an unforgettable England course in July, but
also to improve three of my favourite kata.
Andre’s advice was to ‘turbocharge’ my kata by returning to kihon to improve
the foundations. This is ‘a secret’ of Andre Bertel’s own karate; analyse
movements and paying attention to detail through simple combinations.
lessons I have had in Japan have therefore been much more than a mix of kata
training - performance and application. The big surprise has been the immense
value from breaking down my kihon and introducing ways of improving my movement
and power. Then putting the new learning back into the kata and the kata
you get older, there is no getting away from the fact that you have to change
the way you train. One big positive is that the training I took from Andre’s
last England course has actually helped my karate to measurably improve.
visit to Japan has been beyond my expectations and adds to the possibility of
achieving greater gains through thoughtful training back home.
karate to be taught by Andre Sensei is the TRADITIONAL (BUDO) STYLE OF SHOTOKAN
"Those who sign up for the England
2016 seminar on 30th and 31st July will access authentic Karate-Do, although
the seminar will be more technical than physical, so that everyone can
participate and learn as much as possible".