Traditional Shotokan Karate School
Kokoro Shotokan Karate is a friendly, but well-disciplined dojo
Kokoro Karate is a traditional Shotokan karate school with a modern approach to practical applications. At Kokoro we take an holistic approach to our training, developing mind, body and spirit. We believe this empowers our students and develops mindfulness, self-confidence, heath, fitness, concentration, co-ordination and respect.

The Class Instructor is Sensei Paul Cooper 4th Dan.

Paul has over thirty years of experience, achieving his black belt in 1987 with Hanshi Shiro Asano 9th Dan, who was a direct student of Nakayama, the founder of the JKA.

Paul has trained internationally with many world respected teachers in his karate career grading with the SKIF, SSKA and the Conroy Karate Group.

We are governed by NAKMAS (National Association of Karate and Martial Arts Schools), the only martial arts body in Britain to hold a Government recognised British Standards Quality Kitemark (BS:EN ISO 9001:2015) via the British Standards Insitution (BSI) and is accredited to the Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport at Intermediate level.

Paul is a senior instructor and examiner for the NAKMAS Governing Body and the club operates within the strict policies and guidelines laid down by them.
Our dojo is at The Old Library Sports & Community Centre, Singleton Road, Splott, Cardiff, CF24 2ET

Training is suitable for men, women and children aged ten/eleven years and over. We do allow children (primary school age) by prior agreement to train if a parent or guardian trains as well in the senior class, we also offer our Kokoro Tigers programme that is designed for children from 4/5 (school reception class) to 10/11 years old.

Shotokan training is divided into three parts: kihon (basics), kata (forms or patterns of moves), and kumite (sparring). Techniques in kihon and kata are characterised by deep, long stances that provide stability, enable powerful movements, and strengthen the legs. Shotokan is regarded as a dynamic martial art as it develops anaerobic, powerful techniques as well as developing speed.

Kokoro Shotokan Karate is a friendly, but well-disciplined dojo and our lessons can help improve your fitness, flexibility, self-confidence, reduce stress as well as teaching you how to defend yourself.

The first lesson is free

For complete peace of mind Kokoro and NAKMAS take welfare very seriously. There are extensive welfare policies reviewed by the NSPCC, which cover aspects of child protection, vulnerable adult protection, anti-bullying, ethics, safety, equality and the use of weapons policies and procedures.

  • NAKMAS National Chair
    Rev Joe Ellis 8th Dan
  • Senior Instructor
    Paul Cooper 4th Dan
  • Instructor
    Martin Hall 5th Dan
  • Assistant Instructor
    Mike Saunders 3rd Dan
  • Assistant Instructor
    Leah Murdock 1st Dan
  • Club Secretary/Tigers Coach
    Tracy Cooper 1st Dan
  • Welfare Officer
    Kerry Palmer
Class Times

Kokoro Tigers
Tuesdays 6pm to 6.30pm and every other Saturday 9am to 9.30pm

Kokoro Shotokan Karate
Tuesdays 6.45pm to 8pm and every other Saturday 9.45am to 11am

Every other Thursday (Subject to membership level) 6.15pm to 7.15pm
Martial arts kids are learning how to tackle bullying under NAKMAS national initiative
Support and advice about bullying and abuse is being made available to young martial arts enthusiasts at Kokoro Shotokan Karate thanks to an innovative scheme which is the brainchild of the National Association of Karate and Martial Art Schools (NAKMAS National Governing Body).

The 'Safe Kids' initiative sees all young participants of the Kokoro Shotokan Karate and NAKMAS's other member clubs and groups offered advice on how to avoid difficult situations and where to seek help if they are being bullied.

All children learning martial arts with us whether in our senior class or our Kokoro Tigers programme receive credit-card sized advice cards, providing contact details of organisations which are able to help, as well as giving tips on keeping safe.

The aim of the initiative is to make children better prepared, should they encounter bullying or abuse.

Paul Cooper, senior instructor to Kokoro Karate says:

"While martial arts gives children the confidence to stand up to bullies, they should know that they do not have to face it alone. 'Safe Kids' provides them with advice on where to turn to for professional advice. The initiative is great for the children and helps us to teach the importance of how to deal with bullying and abuse in the right way."

Joe Ellis, national chair of NAKMAS, says:

"NAKMAS's member clubs and groups are not just there to teach martial arts. We want them to be support networks for youngsters as well, offering advice and helping them avoid bullying and abuse. The scheme also helps coaches and instructors do their job more effectively, by providing them with a vital tool to educate their young pupils on matters which might affect them."

Clubs/groups which have received formal training from NAKMAS to become accredited to the governing body automatically sign up to Safe Kids. In addition to the campaign, coaches and instructors receive the Stay Safe magazine, which is published twice a year, and provides advice, updates and case studies relating to welfare issues within martial arts coaching.

Coaching awards to the standard of the NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) and UKCC (United Kingdom Coaching Certificate) are available within NAKMAS. It has an active NSPCC approved Welfare Policy. It also has Registered Body status via the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and Disclosure Scotland to check against the criminal records register. NAKMAS is also a core member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
Through a unique combination of physical and life skills training we are able to develop our students and help them achieve success in all their endeavours in and out of the martial arts.

To engage young children and retain their interest is a skill that has to be learnt and developed. Kokoro Tigers practises a responsible physical training programme appropriate for young and developing children. A young child simply does not have the same musculature and bone development as an adult, and our training programmes recognise these factors.

Children that participate in our Kokoro Tigers programme get an ideal blend of fun and learning. Working with parents we endeavour to help a child develop confidence and fundamental skills for success, while having an exciting and healthy adventure along the way.

Tracy leads the Kokoro Tiger's and has extensive experience in working with children. As well as being a qualified NAKMAS Karate instructor she holds a CACHE Level 3 diploma in Childcare & Development and is a gymnastics teacher.

Our Kokoro Tigers Program offers your child:

* High Energy Classes *
* Confidence Building Challenges and Goals *
* Parents welcome to watch every session *
* Expert, Experienced Instructors *
Feel free to contact the Kokoro Shotokan Karate
Paul Cooper
4th Dan - Senior Instructor
Telephone: 07855 472544 / 07875 743414
E-mail: info@kokoroshotokankarate.co.uk

Dojo Address:
The Old Library Sports & Community Centre, Singleton Road, Splott, Cardiff, CF24 2ET

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