Paul is assisted by three instructors, Sempai Mike Saunders 2nd Dan, who originally trained in the Jutsu Kai style of karate and brings a wealth of knowledge from a different style. Sempai Tracy Evans 1st Dan who shows a fantastic empathy for all our students and has a gentle and unique teaching style that greatly helps students who maybe struggling with certain aspects of their karate and Sempai John Pennington whose passion for the art is infectious.
We are part of the respected Conroy Karate Group and Sensei Tony Conroy 8th Dan is our Chief Instructor.
Sensei Conroy is heavily involved in the club and makes regular visits to Cardiff to run seminars and ensure we function in the ethos of his group.
The main dojo is at St Teilo's Church in Wales School, we train on a Tuesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and on a Thursday from 6.45pm to 8pm during term time in the Sports Centre. We do offer training during the school holidays in Rhiwbina Memorial Hall, which is also our Seminar and Grading Centre.
Training is suitable for men, women and children aged nine years and over. We do allow children from six to train if a parent or guardian trains as well.
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