Ken Shu Dojo Karate Club teaches traditional Shito-Ryu Shukokai karate to its members but as kumite (sparring) and kata (forms) along with kihon (basics) make up the three “K”s of KSD we also provide our members with the opportunity to take part in local, national and even international tournaments. Members can participate in kumite and kata sections but we always encourage our members to do both.
Karate competitions are usually full-day events and we expect most students to provide their own transport to venues.
Who can compete?
All club members are eligible to be part of the KSD Competition Squad but will only be able to represent the club by invitation only based on ability, experience and most importantly attitude and commitment in the regular classes.
Although our karate syllabus includes kumite and kata as part of our regular classes KSD runs dedicated Squad classes (usually on Sundays) additional to our regular class timetable throughout the year at our dojo in Whitefield, Manchester. Details of our Squad training dates and competition information are posted on our Facebook page.
We have two dedicated squad coaches for each discipline: Sensei James Coletrup (kumite) and Sensei Brad Kay (kata). Both coaches have a wealth of knowledge and and experience having competed (and won) on various circuits for many years.
Would my child compete against adults?
Competitors are divided into categories based usually around age and/or height/weight. Adults and children would not compete in the same category for kumite and both children and adults will find they are mostly competing against people of similar age, experience and ability. As kata is non-contact competitors may be categorised by belt level in rare circumstances.
In order to comply with the rules of competition karate kumite (sparring) members will only be able to compete wearing the required protective equipment for their age group.
As a minimum we expect all members taking part in Squad training to have their own hand mitts.
There is no urgency to purchase any other protective until a member has been invited to take part in a competition. Details of these items can be found on our Prices page.