Category Archives: Special Club Sessions & Kyu Gradings

Our Karate Classes Continue Live Online

All of our classes have been running live online since 24th March. We have a stable, interactive feed, with instructor-student interaction just as we would in our regular sessions.

Let’s not forget the importance of looking after one’s mental health in these challenging times. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine of the beautiful spring weather to exercise, whilst maintaining a safe distance from others. And indoors, follow the sessions, watch the details, check the technique and practise safely.

Training guidelines

  • Use common sense
  • Be mindful of your surroundings
  • Consider your neighbours
  • Try not to stamp
  • Practise is in basics and kata (patterns)
  • No kumite (partner work/sparring) 
  • Restrained/quiet kiais (shouting)
  • Wash hands before and after training and/or use sanitiser
  • Try not to touch your face or anything else
  • Have tissues at hand, then dispose and sanitise
  • Keep a face towel to hand instead of using sleeve
  • Wash gi after every session
  • If practising outdoors, use suncream
  • Stay hydrated but avoid public water fountains
  • Maintain a distance of at least 2m away from others
  • Parents should monitor their children during practise

Keep up to date
Feel free to reach out via the contact form. Email is still the best method of contact for club members and I will send session weblinks and updates using this method so make sure the club email address is added to your email whitelist, and Follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts @Shiranamikai

Follow Gov.uk and NHS.uk advice.

Stay safe, stay in touch, and keep practising!

Austin

Shiranamikai Karate on TV News

[Fully in line with official guidance at the time]

Shiranamikai instructor, Austin Biesty, talks with London-based TV correspondent Alexander Khabarov about the measures adopted by the karate club in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

With gyms, schools and halls closing because of concerns about virus transmission by touch and being in close proximity, we moved to hold a contactless class outside, thereby also ensuring good ventilation and distancing by remaining at least two meters apart.

One of the unique benefits of many Japanese martial arts is the ability to practise effectively without contact. Karate training comprises three core elements: Kihon (fundamentals), Kata (set patterns), and Kumite (partner work). Having already dropped the kumite aspect we were able to continue practise whilst adhering to official guidance.

In budo, the overwhelming aim is the development of oneself, and as such, by being able to continue practising alone but with direction, one places a much higher demand upon their own state of mind and physical form than they would do when facing an opponent directly.

Alexander, it was lovely to chat!

See part of our TV broadcast feature…

And how quickly things change! We had the pleasure of the next morning’s sun together which was to be our last lesson in person before moving all sessions online.

The Sunday Telegraph; Keeping Active

Shiranamikai Karate has been featured in ‪The Sunday Telegraph’s ‘keeping active’ pictorial. Students were pictured practising two meters apart and completely in line with guidance at the time. The caption reads…‬

Keeping active‬
‪With cafés and attractions shut, in Primrose Hill, London…a martial arts class takes place – making sure they keep their distance from each other‬.

Happy Christmas 2019

Wishing you a Very Happy Christmas from everyone at Shiranamikai!

Our next karate sessions will be 4pm on Saturday 28th December 2019 at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, and 10am on Sunday 29th December 2019 at North London Collegiate School.

Come and join us – everybody is welcome!

We then start 2020 on Saturday 4th January when all our classes are back to normal.

🎅🏻

Japan Matsuri London 2019

Shiranamikai members performed a karate display at the 2019 Japan Matsuri in London’s Trafalgar Square, the largest outdoor Japan-UK cultural event bringing together the best of music, food, dance and of course, martial arts!

We did our best to illustrate core elements of JKA Shotokan karate, demonstrating Kihon (fundamentals), Kata (set pattern sequences) and Kumite (partner work). We also saw a lighthearted interaction between one of our most experienced members and one of our most junior, with a little help from her friends!

This year was an occasion where the best of Japanese culture met the test of UK weather so we’d like to thank everybody who braved the elements to stay and watch our performance – we really appreciated your warm welcome – and hope you enjoyed the whole festival as much as we did 🌂🥋🇯🇵🇬🇧

Japan Matsuri 2019 also marked the official launch of the Japan-UK Season of Culture, celebrating the unique bond between our two island nations as Japan plays host to the Rugby Work Cup and the 2020 Olympics.

See you next time!

Special Training & Grading with Ohta Sensei, 27th September 2019

There was a great atmosphere during Ohta Sensei’s karate class at Shiranamikai this September with everybody trying their best and pushing themselves throughout his demanding kumite drills. Not a single brow was dry! 

Congratulations to everybody who graded on achieving their next level!


Karate at Hyper Japan 2019

We participated in Hyper Japan at Olympia London in Kensington.

Shiranamikai students demonstrated the three pillars of JKA Shotokan karate: kihon (basics/fundamentals), kumite (partner work) and kata (forms). Katas shown were Heians: Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan and Godan, followed by Bassai Dai and Sochin. We also incorporated light-hearted bunkai (application of technique) of Heian Godan.

From the J-Culture stage we could hear something big going down on the other side of Olympia but it wasn’t until reviewing the video footage that we realised that during our Ippon kumite, tsugaru shamisen rock artists Kuni-Ken, were performing their own ‘Ippon’ on the main stage! Of course, we had to get in touch :-D

Thanks to everyone at Hyper Japan! See you next time!

Music by KUNI-KEN
Available on Spotify, iTunes store etc. Check them out!

Special Training & Grading with Ohta Sensei, 29th March 2019

It was a top session this spring with Ohta Yoshinobu 7th Dan, Chief Instructor of The Japan Karate Association in England.

After some solid fundamentals practise and kumite drills, Ohta Sensei took students through each kata for those training offering feedback and pointers to work on.

Well done to everybody for trying their best. This was a highly motivated group in what was a very hot dojo absent of aircon. If your brow was dry, you weren’t there!

Congratulations to those who graded!