The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The DofE Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.

For the past seven decades, the charity has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, and life skills to expeditions. Achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes difficult path to adulthood.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The world’s leading youth achievement award

Karate as a physical module of DofE

Choosing to participate in Shotokan karate with Shiranamikai can count towards the Physical Section of your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We have helped a number of people achieve their target DofE modules. Please check applicability with your DofE Leader before commencing.

Learning karate has a multitude of benefits: increasing strength and stamina, self-defence, and wellbeing – practising karate is a superb method to control and alleviate stress.

Classes themselves are generally split into three modules: group foundational movement, partner and team work for controlled self-defence application and individual form/patterns practise.

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You don’t need to be fit to start. Students can attend classes from once to several times each week and progress at their own pace. Goals can be set with targets such as gradings every three months or competitions twice per year. All are for personal development and not strictly enforced, but participants are expected to apply themselves.

We also have access to additional training courses provided through our governing body, The Japan Karate Association in England. The JKA World Federation currently operates in more than 100 countries worldwide, and with Shotokan being the most popular style of karate, you’ll never be far from a dojo.