The John Fisher School

Karate Club

What is Karate club?

We train karate every Thursday in the Old Gym from 3.45 to 4.55. Everybody is welcome.

Karate is also an option for Sports GCSE students, with a 100% pass at 10 out of 10 marks last year.

Karate practice benefits the students in all areas of their life.

True karate is this: that in daily life one’s mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice.”  –Gichin Funakoshi

  • Karate practice strengthens the mind, develops composure, a clearer thought process, deeper insight into one’s mental capabilities, and more self-confidence.
  • It strengthens the entire body, improves coordination, quickens reflexes, builds stamina and overall health.
  • It values respect, integrity, humility, justice, honour, and self-control.

Karate can also be described as a martial art, or fighting method, involving a variety of techniques, including blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, and joint manipulations. Karate practice is divided into three aspects: kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).

The word karate is a combination of two Japanese characters: kara , meaning empty, and te , meaning hand; thus, karate 空手 means “empty hand.” Adding the suffix “-do”  (pronounced “doe”), meaning “way,” i.e., karate-do 空手道, implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defense applications.

Shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi has said that “mind and technique become one in true karate.” We strive to make our physical techniques pure expressions of our mind’s intention, and to improve our mind’s focus by understanding the essence of the physical techniques. By polishing our karate practice we are polishing our own spirit or our own mentality.

For further information please contact Mr Ordonez


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