Information for New Students
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TRAIN?
Initially, you should train at least once to twice a week and as you progress through the grades you will need to train more often. Bear in mind that you can do a lot of training in your own time with the classes providing an opportunity to check your techniques and learn new ones.
WILL I HAVE TO FIGHT?
You will not be involved in sparring until you reach the grade of Green Belt, which takes about 1 1/2 to 2 years. By then you will be proficient in your techniques and the introduction of sparring will seem like a natural extension of your training.
Shingen Karate is what is referred to as a full-contact style which means when we spar or practice fight we do make contact. However, there are a range of degrees of contact and you will be taken through a full range of these before you are involved in full contact. Sparring is nothing to fear, it is the natural opportunity to test your techniques in a safe, supportive environment amongst friends.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
During your first introductory sessions, a t-shirt and shorts or track pants is suitable. When you sign up you will be able to buy a new uniform (called a Gi) to make you feel truly part of the club.
WHO WILL I BE TRAINING UNDER?
Shihan Geordie Thompson is the founder of the style and the head instructor in this Dojo. He has been training in Karate since 1973 and has been involved in teaching martial arts since 1980. He is currently a 6th Dan (Rokudan) Black Belt in Karate and 5th Dan in Iaido and a 4th Dan in Jodo. Iaido and Jodo are traditional Japanese weapon arts that are taught in the Shingen Academy at Black Belt Level only.
Sempai Tom Darbyshire is a 3rd Dan (Sandan) Black Belt in Shingen Karate and is also a highly experienced lawyer.
Sempais Paul Keogh and Richard Flewellen are also 3rd Dan (Sandan) Black Belts in Shingen Karate.
Sempai Greg Campbell is a Shodan 1st Dan black belt and currently runs the junior classes, .