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Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do


Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do is an established karate school of many years standing and continues to study Goju Ryu karate under the direction of David Morris.

Since its beginning, in 1979, the Kyudokan has represented the traditional values of karate and is one of the very few in the UK still teaching authentic Japanese karate. David continues to study and at 63 his visits to Japan have afforded him a wealth of knowledge, which is evident in the Kyudokan’s teaching ethos: a great depth of tradition, sometimes lacking in the more modern ‘Westernised’ schools.

The Kyudokan is a full time dojo in the Northam area of Southampton and being central, is easily accessible from all over the city. Fully equipped and with expert tuition, you will find instructors and students alike ready to welcome you. Whether you are an experienced karateka or just beginning your journey; the Kyudokan will help you on your own martial arts path.

The kyudokan also has weekly training at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, Bitterne Leisure Centre, Holly Hill Leisure Centre in Sarisbury Green and Places leisure Centre in Eastleigh

Classes cater for all ages, genders and abilities allowing adults and children and families to train separately or together depending on their preference.

The structured syllabus helps the student gain and develop confidence and fitness while learning the traditional ways of martial arts.

Everyone has the opportunity to progress through the grades from white belt to black belt and beyond with encouragement to undertake more in-depth study.

In addition to Karate, Kyudokan also does:

  • Kyuology: a 3 Week anti-stress combat system course that meets twice a week.
  • Karate Parties: where your child can be a black belt for a day
  • Weapons Training: to help co-ordination and dexterity
  • School Holiday Clubs: children care during school holidays
  • Karate Camp: members can spend a few days a year in the New Forest enjoying camping, BBQ's, obstacle courses and of course Karate!

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Great online session this morning.
There are still some places on this afternoons session at 2:30.
Go to kyudokan.co.uk to register your free place.
MEMBERS ONLY please.
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James McCombe

Great session, Sam really enjoyed it and will be joining you tomorrow. Thanks 😁

Liked your kata on FB Dave. Much more interesting than a lot of stuff I’ve been seeing on the TV and I don’t even train 🙂

Both the girls loved it!

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brilliant David Sensei

From tomorrow at 10:30 and 14:30 we will be offering small on line two way video lessons: Places are limited to 5 households per session. You will be able to see and hear David Sensei and he will be able to see and hear you. This way you will be able to ask questions and get some personal tuition. That is why it is limited to just 5 households per session. To book on to one of these sessions, go to our website www.kyudokan.co.uk and scroll to the bottom. There you will be able to book on. It is of course all FREE of charge as part of your membership. We will monitor the success of this over the weekend. Stay safe everyone and stay inside. Paul

Your looking really well. Great idea . Hope you and your family are all well and keeping safe

Good point on Karate ni sente nashi, it’s an attitude! It’s a behaviour, it’s a mindset....it’s not a combative instruction, even funakoshi gichin advocates being preemptive if your in a situation that warrants it.

My son Kyle used to train with you years ago ! Great to see you again ! 😊

Sensei - Please could you talk a bit about the two techniques that you mentioned near the end of the kata between the double palm strike and the pull-down?

Hi David, good to be back from sea and to normaility! Good to see that you look healthy too.

Thank you Sensei, from Lexi

Yep, been back for a couple of weeks and trying to get a new routine going at home.

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Always was a very talented instructor both physically and verbally nothing changes 🤛🙏

Karate for Self Defence?

There has always been great debate on which martial art is best for self defence. When defending yourself  against a physical attack it doesn’t matter which martial art you use. What matters is does it work? It may work in training but does it work when someone is hell bent on physically harming or raping you.

It is also often said and with great debate you should not award a black belt to a junior. It under values the grade. In my school it doesn’t.  If this opinion holds merit then there many karate students who should not wear the coveted black belt. The question should then be, why are there separate fighting categories for men and women in karate competitions? Does that undermine the black belt??
And if you take it further, separate categories are in just about ALL sports and non sporting activities!?!

In 1999, Rachel White was 12 years old when she earned her black belt. She doesn’t train anymore but brings her son Levi to karate lessons. She knows, from experience, that karate is one of the best martial arts for self defence.

Interested? For more information check out our website www.kyudokan.co.uk

So to compare the combative skills of a fully grown adult with that of a young student is impossible, but both have endured the same journey. Maybe the child is even more worthy of this achievement as they have overcome obstacles many adults would find hard to achieve. 

When anyone asks me about grades etc, I have always replied
“ I will award a grade if I believe the student will benefit mentally and physically from going from level to the next”

But it must be remembered age is not always the issue and my juniors know that their karate would not be effective against an adult and therefore it is the juniors ability to apply an acceptable level amongst their own peer groups. I’m also asked, how many years does it take to achieve black belt. This widely varies from school to school but my answer is “ it’s not the number of years you have been studying but the number of hours’’

Karate for Self Defence?

There has always been great debate on which martial art is best for self defence. When defending yourself against a physical attack it doesn’t matter which martial art you use. What matters is does it work? It may work in training but does it work when someone is hell bent on physically harming or raping you.

It is also often said and with great debate you should not award a black belt to a junior. It under values the grade. In my school it doesn’t. If this opinion holds merit then there many karate students who should not wear the coveted black belt. The question should then be, why are there separate fighting categories for men and women in karate competitions? Does that undermine the black belt??
And if you take it further, separate categories are in just about ALL sports and non sporting activities!?!

In 1999, Rachel White was 12 years old when she earned her black belt. She doesn’t train anymore but brings her son Levi to karate lessons. She knows, from experience, that karate is one of the best martial arts for self defence.

Interested? For more information check out our website www.kyudokan.co.uk

So to compare the combative skills of a fully grown adult with that of a young student is impossible, but both have endured the same journey. Maybe the child is even more worthy of this achievement as they have overcome obstacles many adults would find hard to achieve.

When anyone asks me about grades etc, I have always replied
“ I will award a grade if I believe the student will benefit mentally and physically from going from level to the next”

But it must be remembered age is not always the issue and my juniors know that their karate would not be effective against an adult and therefore it is the juniors ability to apply an acceptable level amongst their own peer groups. I’m also asked, how many years does it take to achieve black belt. This widely varies from school to school but my answer is “ it’s not the number of years you have been studying but the number of hours’’
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Rachel White

Well said David sensei, a belt in my opinion means very little. Instead I think how long you have been training and with whom you train with gives a better indication of your ability than a piece of coloured cotton that you tie round your waist to keep your gi jacket closed 😀 hope you and you students are well!

I’d totally agree! Martial arts, whatever the style, will always be useful when it comes to defending yourself. Shame Rachel isn’t training now, but at least she has passed it on to her kids!

Wow, did not expect to see this! I studied many hours for my black belt before receiving it, I did more karate than school work haha and of course had the greatest teacher :-* xx

Rachel White x

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Thanks Sensei this is great. Sam A

Thanks sensei was good to watch..

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Aaron’s got a question if you’d like one! 😉

Ollie joined in with our dog 🤣 thank you for organising.

Good punching Charlie!

This is excellent for my son who has only just started, will this video be posted online for future reference.

Thank you, that was great.

That was amazing - thank you.

Well done David, great idea! X

This is super cool to watch. Do you mind if I ask, what is the bunkai with those open-handed strikes forward?

Thanks David and Paul. Well done Charlie

Brilliant session guys.

Enjoyable dave thanks..

Well done boys!

Great thanks

Good point on collecting kata,

Please keep this up

Dong well to demonstrate while maintaining distance David sensei!

You need to turn the camera please

You may want to turn the camera around

thank you

don’t make him repeat it mum that’s c r u e l

Can he repeat that bit?

Charlie !! Charlie !!

gowan charlie😎

turn the camera 90 degrees

it’s gone muffled

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Training Suspended for 7 Days

As you may have seen on Facebook, David has been told to self isolate for 7 days. His doctor thinks it is most likely a cough only as he does not have a high temperature.

With such uncertainty about the Coronavirus and daily updates from the government that offer different advice daily, the latest being "avoid unnecessary social contact" we have decided to suspend training for 7 days.

The next scheduled training will therefore be Tuesday 24th March.
We hope that in 7 days with David back out of isolation and hopefully consistent advice from the government we can re-open.

Fees
Since there is no training available for 7 days, we will be making some of the extra classes normally charged for available for free: Weapons Training, Grading Training and Grading.

This of course is the plan at the moment as we know the facts, I will update you all more over the coming days.

Many Thanks for your understanding

Paul
Team Kyudokan
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Get well soon, wishing you a speedy recovery.

There has always been great debate on which martial art is best for self defence. When defending yourself against a physical attack it doesn’t matter which martial art you use. What matters is does it work? It may work in training but does it work when someone is hell bent on physically harming or raping you.

So, where do you go to learn self defence. With so many martial arts to choose from its very confusing. And why martial arts? I’m playing devils advocate here. Even with my 40 plus years in karate, i am not stupid enough to think only karate is the best form of self defence. Are there any western philosophies to compare with eastern philosophies? Boxing, wrestling?

Every fighting art has its merits. But it is also about the person who can see them. Many can’t. They are looking in the wrong place. No wonder they’re confused if they’re bent over looking up their own arse!
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Whenever someone asks me ‘what’s the best martial art?’ I always respond with ‘what’s the best colour to paint your bedroom?’ They then get the message....

Luckily Sensei Morris taught us moves and applications from other styles and other martial arts so borrow the best from other styles judo tai chi and others

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Grace, 6 years old, one for the future ... See MoreSee Less

Grace, only six years old! So strong, great technique ... See MoreSee Less

Two brothers sparring at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre every Thursday 6.00 - 7.00pm. Come along, join in, first lesson free ... See MoreSee Less

Kyudokan Weapons Seminar
Sunday 15th March
2.00 - 3.30
Limited places
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Great first session! 
Girl Power, every Wednesday morning 10.30 - 11.30

Great first session!
Girl Power, every Wednesday morning 10.30 - 11.30
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It was a fantastic class. X

You can get a pretty good idea of the intellectual capacity of a karateka by observing their response to your contribution to a subject, whether in discussion or when demonstrating a technique.

In forums, I’ve found it interesting and amusing to find that by including the kanji there are those in karate that dismiss it. Ironically its karateka of a higher rank who are mentally challenged to understand why the kanji was included

It must be so infuriating for them to find when they Google “karate”, the same thing happens !!

Wikipedia
Karate was originally written as "Chinese hand" (唐手)

Maybe they should study etymology (ɛtɪˈmɒlədʒi), it may help them understand karate.
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As I always say..karate is nowhere and everywhere.

There are so many karate masters out there .....and as Yonemoto Sensei always points out, these Master seem to love the parks.......

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Training at the Kyudokan brings many benefits, from fitness, confidence, respect and empathy. Interested? Check out our website www.kyudokan .co.uk or come along for a free trial ... See MoreSee Less

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Bitterne Leisure Centre, 6.00 to 7.00 pm Fridays. Beginners welcome ... See MoreSee Less

Great atmosphere tonight, throws, takedowns, armbars, submissions.

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Joshua is only six, still working on his coordination. Thank goodness he’s practicing with safety nunchucks. Kyudokan have monthly nunchucku sessions. Joshua “ Bruised Lee” Ansty Taitt may not be ready yet to teach, but look at his face!! He simply enjoys ... See MoreSee Less

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We teach nunchuku at my dojo weekly

Bruised Lee. Love it lol

Junior Half Term Training Times and Venues

For half term the junior sessions normally held at Eastleigh Places and Chamberlayne Leisure Centre will be at the main dojo due to half term availability.

Tuesday 18th February 6 -7pm Juniors - Main Dojo

Thursday 20th February 6 - 7pm Juniors - Main Dojo

Friday 21st February 6 - 7pm Juniors - Bitterne Leisure Centre

Week commencing 24th February - Return to normal

Many Thanks

Team Kyudokan
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Are juniors on tonight at the main dojo please?

Kyudokan Half Term Club was a tremendous success with everyone enjoying the days program. Weapons,fighting, a little bit of Kyudokan history, board breaking and so much fun left both students and teachers totally exhausted. But it was action packed, the six hours went by so quickly. Because of the interest and fun, we will be arranging more for the next half term ... See MoreSee Less

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Lovely photos, well done ninjas.xxxx.

Thanks Zac had a great day 😊

Kyudokan Karate at Holly Hill Leisure Centre, every Sunday morning.
Beginners very welcome to your first free lesson. Kyudokan Kids really enjoy all our karate lessons, especially the sparring.

Under strict supervision your children will learn that respect, control and determination are so very important qualities that Kyudokan Karate instil in all our childrenImage attachment

Kyudokan Karate at Holly Hill Leisure Centre, every Sunday morning.
Beginners very welcome to your first free lesson. Kyudokan Kids really enjoy all our karate lessons, especially the sparring.

Under strict supervision your children will learn that respect, control and determination are so very important qualities that Kyudokan Karate instil in all our children
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Kyudokan karate has taught children karate for more than 25 years and is one of the longest established clubs in the South of England.

Karate has many benefits and our students learn discipline, social awareness, fitness and self defence. Our instructors have a wealth of knowledge, some having returned from being taught as children many years ago.

Starting from the age of 4 years, classes are every Tuesday from 6 -7 pm at Places for People, Passfield Ave, Eastleigh..

Come along and give it try. First lesson is free and you would be most welcome. For more details www.kyudokan.co.uk
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Amazing!! Well done guys!

Love this video David x

Violet is just amazing!! First karate lesson at the dojo. Punching ?!?!
Totally nailed it !!!..............and she’s only 5 years old!!
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PRE GRADING LESSONS have become very popular for students who want extra tuition specifically for up and coming gradings.
Held every month, pre book your place on March’s lesson

PRE GRADING LESSONS have become very popular for students who want extra tuition specifically for up and coming gradings.
Held every month, pre book your place on March’s lesson
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CURRENTLY ALL EVENTS ARE FOR KYUDOKAN MEMBERS ONLY

 

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It's not what you see, it's the eyes that you see with.

David Morris Sensei