There are several styles of karate and we train in a style called Shotokan. This is a very common style of karate and there are thousands of clubs training in this style all over the United Kingdom and the world.
In common with the rest of the world we practice and learn the same 26 Shotokan kata. For kumite (Sparring techniques) sylabus we follow a hybrid examination system as taught by Shotokan karate International president Hirokazu Kanazawa together with some advanced kumite (sparring techniques) developed by our founder Paul Perry.
Sensei Paul Perry was a former student of Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa who suggested the name Jin Sei Kai as a name for our karate association
Kata is a Japanese word meaning 'pattern' or 'form'. In the context of karate a kata is a series of movements comprising of defences and attacks.
To the beginners they can be imagined to main a series of blocks, kicks, and punches. To the more advanced student they can possibly include techniques to symbolise throws, wrist locks, strangles, pressure points and grabs to break the opponents balance. To Someone who practices karate for health they can be a means of learning to generate power, breathing, strength and flexibility for a healthy body.
In the martial art known as Tai Chi a similar example can be seen where some people practice the form for health and mobility whilst other students may practice it to study the martial art and fighting techniques contained within the techniques.
Shōtōkan (松濤館) Karate (空手) Jin Sei Kai (人生 会)