Wellington is one of the many TISKA’s successful clubs and offer training sessions every Saturday afternoon at Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre in Wellington.
The club has a mix of grades from beginners up to 1st Dan Black Belts. Classes are run with children and adults together, making lessons suitable for individuals and families alike.
Gradings are held regularly throughout the year, where students take an exam to achieve their next grade. For many young students this promotes self-confidence and a sense of achievement and motivation.
Additionally, students can participate in courses run by Shihan Sahota, and take part in an annual TISKA National Competition, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learnt and developed through their training, and maybe win one of the many trophies on offer.
Beginners’ classes are available every week for people of all ages from 4 to 65.Classes in Shropshire - Wellington
About the Instructor
Mr Parkash has trained in Shotokan Karate for over 20 years and has achieved 4th Dan with the Traditional International Karate Association (TISKA) under the guidance of Shihan Gursharan Sahota, 8th Dan. He regularly trains at various TISKA clubs including Northampton, Dunstable, Kettering and Daventry.
Mr Parkash also runs a number of other TISKA Karate clubs based at; Bert Williams Leisure Centre in Bilston, West Bromwich Leisure Centre in West Bromwich, Wolverhampton Fitness & Leisure Centre in Wednesfield, and Codsall Leisure Centre in Codsall.
Email: Wednesburykarate@hotmail.com or call
Om Parkash: 07508 053918
Contact Club Instructor
Unique/Benefits of Karate
While you learn the 3 main disciplines of Karate: Kihon, Kata, and Kumite you will also gain by:
Why Shotokan Karate for Children?
Self Confidence - Karate is one of the best builders of self-confidence. Traditional Shotokan Karate training helps prepare a child for life, helping with issues such as bullying, the pressures of exams and the building of self-esteem. Children like to perform, especially for the people they love and respect. With a little encouragement and support from the instructor, they will rise to the occasion and surprise themselves with their own achievements.
Etiquette - Children are taught from the outset that Shotokan Karate is primarily a defensive and not an offensive martial art. Children learn how to be polite and respect their fellow students, instructor and parents.
Discipline - A child’s concentration is enhanced if they learn to focus their mind on the job in hand, whether by learning a sequence of complicated techniques in Karate or by passing an exam in school. Many parents notice a marked improvement of concentration once Karate training has commenced.
Why Shotokan Karate for Adults?
Self Defence - Street violence, especially muggings, take place in every town in the country, and Shotokan Karate is an effective form of unarmed combat.
Health and Flexibility - Shotokan Karate will help to improve your overall fitness and general wellbeing. With regular training, flexibility and strength will improve.
Training in class
Our classes are based around the 3 main disciplines of Karate: Kihon, Kumite and Kata.
Kihon is training in "basics" or "fundamentals". These are the basic techniques that are taught and practiced as the foundation of Shotokan karate.
Kata are detailed patterns of movements practiced either solo or as a group. Shotokan karate kata are executed as a specified series of a variety of moves, with stepping and turning, while attempting to maintain perfect form.
Kumite is the part of Shotokan karate in which a person trains against an adversary, using the techniques learned from the Kihon and Kata.
Basic Dojo Etiquette
The Dojo Karateka Oath "Dojo Kun"
We have a structured syllabus in place with grading every 3 months for those who are ready.
Brief history of Shotokan Karate
Shotokan Karate was founded by Gichin Funakoshi (a man who is commonly referred to as “the father of modern-day Karate”).
Funakoshi was born in Okinawa in 1868 and, at the age of 11, began to study karate under two of Okinawa's top masters. In addition to becoming a karate master himself, Funakoshi was an avid poet and philosopher who would reportedly go for long walks in the forest where he would meditate and write his poetry. Shotokan is named after Funakoshi’s pen name, Shoto, which means “waving pines”. Kan means training hall, or house, thus Shotokan referred to the “house of Shoto”. This name was coined by Funakoshi’s students when they posted a sign above the entrance of the hall at which Funakoshi taught, reading “Shoto Kan”.
Funakoshi first went to mainland Japan to teach in 1917 and, by 1949, the Japan Karate Association had been established by Funakoshi's followers, with Funakoshi as the supreme master. Funakoshi died in 1957 at the age of 88 but his legacy remains. Shotokan Karate, characterised by deep, strong stances and dynamic techniques, is one of the most widely practised forms of karate in the world today.