Our school is the United Kingdom Seiki-Juku Karate Organisation (UKSKO). Seiki-Juku means ‘True Spirit’. The word Karate itself means ‘empty hand’, one incapable of grasping or holding on to pride, prejudice or any other selfish desire. The empty hand is to be offered to others in the service of life itself.
To have thousands of followers in any school makes it impossible for teachers to give any type of individual attention. Therefore it is the policy of our school to seek controlled expansion and to scrutinise any would be teacher, or student hoping to progress above Kyu grade. This is one major point of difference between our school and most other schools of Karate. I reiterate that the quality of our school comes first and foremost and is therefore preferable to an over-large group.
Shihan Frank T Perry (Chief Instructor)
The chief instructor at the club is Shihan Frank T. Perry who is one of the leading exponents of martial Arts in this country. Sensei Perry began his instruction at the age of four under the late Mishiku Sensei, and won his first Black Belt at the age of 14. After Mishiku Sensei’s death, Sensei Perry travelled abroad and studied under various Japanese teachers. Click here for Sensei Perry’s full biography.
Sensei Perry is assisted throughout the week by Sensei Ben Spillard, 4th Dan, Sensei D Clarke, 3rd Dan, Chris Brown, 2nd Dan, Steve Piner, 2nd Dan, Adrian McMillan, 2nd Dan, Anthony Jarmangol, 2nd Dan and Gemma Lineham, 1st Dan.
The sooner you can purchase a Karate suit (Gi) for your child the better. Karate suits are available from the club together with association badges. Loose clothing or a tracksuit may be worn for the first two or three training sessions. Once children have reach a certain level they will be required to have certain sparing and protection equipment.
Your child will be able to enter three Karate gradings or assessments per year, providing they have attended at least 70% of the training sessions between each grading. Under this system even very young children can see their progress without having to take severe exams. As every parent knows, nothing succeeds like success!
Karate Club events
Championship tournaments of any type have no place in real Karate. The results of a real challenge would end in serious injury. Thus contest becomes artificial combat. Both teachers and students are required only to devote themselves to training and helping each other. However those students who wish to take part in contest in order to test both their nerve and prowess are encouraged to do so.
Our club has a very good contest record having produced Area, Regional, Southern England and National Champions but parents should always bear in mind that contests are only one part of Karate training and what we are really trying to teach is the pleasure of being a controlled and skilful Karate Ka (student).