About Kids Karate
Our kids karate is taught by Sensei Michael Kates,
Traditional Karate is the art and science of self defence, health and self improvement through the development of control of the body and mind. The word Karate is formed from the Japanese words KARA (Empty) and TE (Hand), Empty Hand, and through a series of exercises, students are taught how to use their body in a way that will protect them.
Karate originated in Okinawa, Japan. Whilst Karate was not always the most popular sport, martial arts movies of the 1960’s and 1970’s allowed it to gain the popularity it deserved and greatly increased the interest in Karate. In 1901, Itoso Anko (more commonly referred to as the grandfather of Karate) taught karate to people who then went on to become the founding fathers of some of the main styles, that are still practiced today. Anko’s students included Gichin Funakoshi who founded the style of Shotokan, and Kenwa Mabuni who founded the style of Shito Ryu. Both of these styles are currently practiced and taught within the association.
The seven virtues of Bushido: