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Seishin Shotokan Karate Club

Seishin Shotokan Karate Clubs, established 2009 by Sensei Jason Cunningham, is twinned with Ichiban Shotokan Karate Club (Crawley; ichibanskc.org)

Affiliated to the Karate Union Great Britain (KUGB), Seishin Shotokan Karate Clubs teach a mix of traditional Shotokan karate and self-defence. We are a non-for-profit club that pride ourselves on our fun, yet disciplined, approach to training whilst maintaining our exceptional standards.

Seishin means sprit (as in spirited) in Japanese; a quality we hold in high esteem, the club offers traditional training based on the principles of the "Dojo Kun":

  • Seek perfection of character
  • Be faithful and sincere
  • Cultivate the spirit of effort and perseverance
  • Be respectful and courteous
  • Refrain from impetuous and violent behavior.

In other words, it means that we strive, through regular training, to improve ourselves and learn respect for others. This, in turn, can then be applied to all other areas of life. The "Dojo Kun" is applied in all clubs, so no matter which one you attend; the basic principles are the same. Classes vary in both pace and content, so no matter your age or ability, you should find something that works for you.

Karate

Karate is a system of self-defence and physical culture originally developed and refined in Okinawa and Japan. The word is formed from the Japanese words Kara (empty) and Te (hand), symbolising that its practitioners - Karateka - are unarmed, but use their hands and feet for blocking and striking. Training is conducted within an environment and code based on Japanese cultural practices, which are explained in more detail further on.

There are various styles of Karate and Shotokan is the most widely practiced style in the world. The originator of Shotokan was Gichin Funakoshi, an Okinawan school teacher, who first demonstrated his style of Karate in Japan in 1921. The following year he moved to Japan to teach and was elected honorary Head of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) when it was formed in 1949.

Shotokan

In 1609 Japan invaded Okinawa, and further to the ban on weaponry, placed a ban upon anyone doing martial arts, and so martial arts training became shrouded in secrecy. Over 300 years two styles evolved, Shorin-ryu which developed from Shuri and Tomari and Shorei-ryu which came from Naha.

Gichin Funakoshi was born in 1868 and began studying martial arts at a very young age, under Anko Itosu and Yasutsune Azato. The ban on martial arts still stood, and so Funakoshi would often have lessons with his instructors at night time, so not to be discovered. Tode, the martial arts of Okinawa could also be pronounced 'kara' and Funakoshi gave this the alternative meaning of 'empty' and so his training became known as Karate.

The ban on martial arts was finally lifted in 1902 when Shintaro Ogawa, the Commissioner of Education recommended that martial arts should be included in physical education in the first middle school of Okinawa. This meant that Funakoshi could continue his training in without fear of discovery, and he could now spread the word of his karate.

Funakoshi was invited to Japan in 1922 to give a demonstration of Karate at the First National Athletic Exhibition in Tokyo, after which he decided to remain in Japan to spread the word. It is thanks to his efforts that Karate became part of the school curriculum in Japan.

The style name Shotokan was given to Funakoshi's karate by his students. Shoto was Funakoshi's pen name as a writer, meaning 'pine waves' and Kan means 'school' so those who trained at Funakoshi's 'school' became known as the Shotokan. In 1948 Funakoshi established the Japan Karate Association and he remained the head of the JKA until his death in 1957.

Nakayama was a senior student of the JKA and took over the role of head of the Association. Nakayama began studying Shotokan under Funakoshi Sensei, at Takushoku University in 1932. Now Nakayama is held responsible for the worldwide development of Shotokan Karate. Nakayama developed a way of logically teaching karate. He decided that it was best to devise a way of teaching different abilities easily. He developed the instructor programme and karate's first ever match system.

It is thanks to Nakayama Sensei that karate is as successful a martial art as it is today. Nakayama Sensei passed away in 1987, at the age of 74.

KUGB: Karate Union of Great Britain

In 1965, the JKA sent four of its most famous and talented Instructors, Taiji Kase, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Keinosuke Enoeda and Hiroshi Shirai to tour Europe and give demonstrations of Shotokan Karate. The British part of the tour was coordinated by the British Karate Federation, a group of 10-15 clubs which had existed since 1959.

In 1966, Sensei Kanazawa was invited to come to teach in Britain and the KUGB was founded from the BKA clubs as a democratic and non-profit making organisation for the development of Shotokan Karate, with Sensei Kanazawa as Chief Instructor.

Today there are over 300 clubs within the KUGB, making it Britain's largest, longest-established and most successful single-style karate association and its current Chief Instructor, Andy Sherry, is acknowledged as Britain's most senior karate practitioner.

http://www.kugb.org/

Instructors & Black belts

Jason Cunningham

Jason Cunningham

3rd Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of time training: 24 years

Training summary: I started training in ISKC (our sister club) when I was 4 and achieved my 1st Dan in 1998, my 2nd Dan in 2000 and my 3rd Dan in 2009. Over my years of training I have trained, and strive to bring their lessons into my own teaching, with some of the best karateka in the world (Enoeda Sensei, Kanazawa Sensei, Sensei Sherry, Yahara Sensei, Sensei O'Neill, Sensei Poynton, Sensei Rhodes, Sensei Higgins, Sensei Brennan and many more!). I started Seishin (formerly Ichiban Brighton) in 2009 and the club has gone from strength-to-strength.

Favourite Technique: Many - Empi (elbow strike), Taisho (tiger Palm), ashai Barai kizamazuke (sweep and snap punch)

Top training tip: Relax! Stop thinking so much! Learn from your mistakes and move forward!

Robin Lomax

Robin Lomax

4th Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of Time Training: 37 Years

Training Summary: I have run my own club with my wife for 10 years, firstly in Hampshire and then in Cheshire. I then moved to Surrey and trained at Marshall Street (Enoeda Sensei's Dojo) and Egham until moving to Sussex in 2014. I achieved my Shodan in 1982; Nidan in 1985, Sandan in 1989 and Yondan in 2007.

Mike Barker

Mike Barker

3rd Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of Time Training: 35 Years

Training Summary: I have trained with the following Sensei’s: Enoeda, Kanazawa, Asai, Kagawa, Tabata, Osaka, Tanaka, Yamazaki, Roberts Christopher, Price, Naylor, Hazard, and many more! I regularly train across the country and abroad to share the tips and knowledge I have picked up along the way. I achieved my Sandan in 2013.

Favourite Technique: Uraken uchi followed by Mawashi geri

Top Training Tip: Each technique should be: as strong as an ox, as fast as a cheetah, as light like a feather, as quiet as a mouse, but roar like a lion. Always remember to breathe and keep an open mind in your training.

Ricky Bertram

Ricky Bertram

2nd Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of Time Training: 19 Years

Training Summary: I started training with Go Kan Ryu and achieved Shodan in 2007. I started training with Seishin in 2008 and achieved my Nidan in 2012.

Favourite Technique: Shuto Uke

Top Training Tip: Don't fear failure; making mistakes is how we learn and improve

Rebecca Cunningham

Rebecca Cunningham

2nd Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of Time Training: 18 Years

Training Summary: I started training when I was 8 with the British Martial Arts Federation and then joined the KUGB in 2009. I have been on the England squad for Kumite and achieved my Shodan in 2013 and Nidan in 2014.

Favourite Technique: Mawashi geri

Top Training Tip: If you don’t push yourself you will never get better.

Paul Locking

Paul Locking

1st Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of Time Training: 25 years

Training Summary: I started training in 1991 when my parents decided I needed some discipline! I achieved my Shodan in 1998 and along the way have been fortunate enough to compete at national level in team and individual kata.

Favourite Technique: Kizami tsuki followed by Mawashi geri

Top Training Tip: Relax, don't over think. Listen and learn from others strengths.

Jason Cunningham

Jason Cunningham

3rd Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of time training: 24 years

Robin Lomax

Robin Lomax

4th Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of Time Training: 37 Years

Mike Barker

Mike Barker

3rd Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of Time Training: 35 Years

Ricky Bertram

Ricky Bertram

2nd Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of Time Training: 19 Years

Rebecca Cunningham

Rebecca Cunningham

2nd Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of Time Training: 18 Years

Paul Locking

Paul Locking

1st Dan - KUGB Qualified Instructor

Length of Time Training: 25 years

Aaron Jervis

Aaron Jervis

1st Dan

Length of Time Training: 12 years

Training Summary: I started training with EKO and joined the KUGB in 2006. I achieved Shodan in 2011. I then went took a break for three years whilst attending university and returned to Seishin in 2015.

Favourite Technique: Ushiro geri

Top Training Tip: Never be afraid of failure, you can only learn from it

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

1st Dan

Length of time training: 7 years

Training Summary: I started Karate at 14 and achieved my Shodan aged 18. I have had training experience at Marshall Street Dojo (Enoeda Sensei’s Dojo).

Favourite Technique: Mae geri Chudan

Top Training Tip: Stop over-thinking it and just do it

Lydia Vadgama

Lydia Vadgama

1st Dan

Length of Time Training: 17 years

Training Summary: I started karate aged 6 and trained with the BSKA for 4 years. I then joined the KUGB in 2011 and achieved my Shodan at 21.

Favourite Technique: Ushiro geri

Top Training Tip: Practice and Persevere

Our Classes

Brighton

Adults (over 18)

20:00 - 21:30

Falmer Sports Centre
University of Brighton
Village Way
Falmer
Brighton
BN1 9PH

Please note: classes are subject to change during exam and holiday periods

Adults (over 18)

19:30 - 21:00

Cockcroft Sports Centre
University of Brighton
Lewes Road
Moulsecoomb
Brighton
BN2 4GJ

Please note: classes are subject to change during exam and holiday periods

Cuckfield

All Ages (4+)

18:30 - 20:00

Warden Park Academy
Broad Street
Cuckfield
West Sussex
RH17 5DP

Please note: classes are subject to change during holiday periods

All Ages (4+)

09:00 - 10:30

Warden Park Academy
Broad Street
Cuckfield
West Sussex
RH17 5DP

Please note: classes are subject to change during holiday periods

Worthing

All Ages (4+)

15:00 - 16:30

Goring-by-Sea Methodist Church
Bury Drive
Goring-by-Sea
West Sussex
BN12 4XB

Please note: classes are subject to change during holiday periods

How much?

We offer the following options for payment of classes:

First class is always free!

Single session
Juniors (4-17 years) £4.00
Student (NUS) £4.00
Adults £5.50
Non-members - Juniors £6.00
Non-members - Adults £7.50
Family rates - please contact Sensei Cunningham
Monthly standing order - 2 classes per week
Juniors (4-17 years) £24.00
Student (NUS) £24.00
Adults £40.00
Student deal
Student, all inclusive academic yearly package*
Includes:
  • Training two sessions per week (October-June)
  • KUGB licence
  • Sports federation card
  • Club membership
  • GI and club hoody
*Club members only, training both Mondays and Fridays, available only at the start of academic year
£255.00
Annual club membership
Payable by end of October each year
Juniors (4-17 years): £24.00
Student (NUS): £40.00
Adult: £40.00
Guest training fees will be charged from November if existing members do not renew by the end of October. New members joining part way through a membership period will be charged pro rata.
KUGB licence
A KUGB licence (£25.00 for new members) is required for insurance and to allow you to grade; see KUGB website for further details.
University membership
The University of Brighton requires everyone who trains within university premises reguarly to purchase a Sports Federation Card to contribute to the running/upkeep of facilities.
Cards can be purchased from the university for:
UoB Students£10.00/year
Adults£30.00/year.

GI ('karate suit'): £15

Mitts (hand protectors): £9.50 (optional)

Groin guard / chest guards / mouth guard: £7.50 - £15.00 (optional)

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