Shiranamikai teaches the dynamic style of Shotokan karate
Our adult sessions last around 60 minutes. We also have extended periods which enable additional focus on advanced technique, or prepare for competitions and gradings.
Lessons start with a warm-up and stretch, then progress through fundamental movements of blocking and striking. Controlled reaction work with partners and set patterns are conducted at the appropriate distance.
We nurture beginners and introduce them to techniques gradually to enable them to build up strength, stamina, flexibility and coordination. Age and fitness levels may be a consideration before starting any new exercise so it’s always best to have a conversation with your GP, especially if you have any health concerns.
Drop us a line with any questions not already covered in our FAQs, to book in for the next block of sessions.
We nurture beginners and introduce them to techniques gradually to enable them to build up strength, stamina, flexibility and coordination.
Austin Biesty, Instructor
What to wear and bring
Comfortable clothing that will allow a free range of movement, such as tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt, is recommended for the first few lessons. Masks are required for the duration of your visit.
Inside, we train barefoot. Long hair should be tied back and all jewellery / body adornments removed before the class starts.
Outside, we wear trainers. Warm layers are fine when chilly; suncream, hats and sunglasses are fine when it’s sunny.
Having a bottle of water to hand is recommended, as is hand sanitiser and wipes.
Please arrive at least 5 minutes early in order to be ready to start on time.
After the session
As with any exercise it’s normal to have muscle aches (and maybe a few light bruises!) afterwards. Massage, stretching and drinking plenty of water will help.
Practise is important so beginners should set aside a little time each day to practise anything that they can remember from class. We rarely repeat a class in its entirety, instead we pick a theme to focus on over a period of lessons, so it may help to make notes.
When to start
Despite good intentions of getting fit first or waiting until you think you might have a little more time, just pick a session and register. What have you got to lose? It’s much easier to find the motivation while actually joining in with a training session.