Karate is a system of self-protection where practitioners learn to use techniques such as blocking, kicking, punching, striking, grappling and seizing.
Sessen Ryu Karate embraces the techniques of Okinawan, Japanese, Chinese and modern systems of combat. These are not a batch of techniques strung together, but taught and practised in a structured manner enabling the practitioner to practise in all areas of distances found in the realms of combat.
Many people see karate simply as a fighting art. While we learn to spar (controlled use of fighting techniques) this is only a small part of our training routines. We work on flexibility, stamina, endurance, fighting fitness, body toning as well as the mental requirements of self discipline and mental endurance. The combined results of this is "feel good endorphins" being released after training and a sense of well being which combats stress and agression. This can only be of benefit to any who enter the dojo regardless of age or gender.
Fitness is an important aspect of Karate. Initially many people begin training to improve their fitness. You will not be expected to undergo over vigorous exercise unless you specifically want to!. Your fitness should be a personal goal, everyone having different fitness levels. Karate exercise and practise improves individual stamina, suppleness, strength, speed and perhaps most importantly personal esteem.
We train people of all ages. There are few individuals who haven't suffered from injury, joint stiffness or pains at some stage in their adult life. So long as your instructor is aware of a specifiic injury or weakness your training will be adapted to avoid stress on that particular area.
karate is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Karate is an art that you can train in regardless of age or whether you are incapacitated in any way. The first and biggest step you need to make is to enter the dojo (training hall) and train, after that you will never look back!
At Sessen Ryu Karate we aim to make martial arts accessible to all. While we have dojo rules and etiquette for safety reasons, we acknowledge that training should be enjoyable to allow students to reach their personal targets. Our students leave the dojo (training hall) feeling positive. This is because they have done their best, not to defeat an opponent but to better themselves and attain their own goals.
It takes 4 years for a beginner to go from white belt to Black belt. Like all traditional martial arts we have a belt system to recognise the growing skills and diligent training of our students. Many people may have experienced training with an aerobics based martial arts classes. Whilst their aerobic fitness is increasing there is seldom recognition for their improving skills. Karate recognises students diligence and rewards their increasing skills by promoting them to a higher belt. By this means students are able to monitor their own achievements and have targets to strive for.