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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 65 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.

Whether you are an experienced karateka or just beginning your journey; the Kyudokan will help you on your own martial arts path.

The Kyudokan 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 offers:

  • Weapons Training: to help co-ordination and dexterity
  • Karate Camp: members can spend a few days a year in the New Forest enjoying camping, BBQ's, obstacle courses and of course Karate!
  • Social Events: in addition to being a truly traditional karate club, the Kyudokan is a very friendly and family focussed organisation and we have an active social scene amongst our members.

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2 days ago

Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do

Family Karate class Tuesdays 6pm

23 students + 7 Sensei’s = high standards

Next sessions Thursday Chamberlayne Leisure Centre
6pm Family Class
7pm Senior Class
7pm Advanced Juniors
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4 days ago

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🥋Family Session 11:45am
🥋🥋Advanced Junior Session 12:45
🥋🥋🥋Senior only Session 12:45
🥋🥋🥋🥋Grading Session 13:00

What a great day at Kyudokan Karate
A special well done to Scarlett, Warren and Clarke.
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6 days ago

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🥋Kyudokan Introduction Nunchaku Session🥋
Socially distanced & Brand new Nunchuck's still in packaging that the students get to keep

Next Karate Sessions are Saturday at Bitterne Leisure Centre
11am Family Session
12pm Seniors Only
12pm Advanced Juniors
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7 days ago

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Family Session: 42 Students + 9 instructors = Great Lesson.
Next session tomorrow 6pm, special Nunchaku Class
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The translation of Zanshin is a state of awareness, of relaxed alertness. The mind is completely focused on action and fixated on the task at hand. Zanshin is being constantly aware of your body, mind, and surroundings without stressing yourself. It is an effortless vigilance.

I endeavour to live my life intentionally and acting with purpose using Zanshin rather than living mindlessly without focus or direction. Living with a focused mind has enabled to not only progress in my karate but also my battle with Parkinsons Disease

The Japanese proverb “After winning the battle, tighten your helmet.” means the battle does not end when you win. The battle only ends when you lose your sense of commitment, intention and when you stop paying attention.  Zanshin is being focused, alertness regardless of whether the goal has already been achieved. For me, Zanshin is the way I live my life. To have complete awareness and focus everywhere in life.

A state of mind

The Japanese art of archery, Kyudo, study Zanshin. My schools given  name is Kyudokan. The name was given to me by Kiyoshi Yonemoto Sensei. He thought the name epitomises my karate. I didn’t realise the significance of the name at the time. 30 years later, I do now.

I have many goals in life but Its not the target that matters. It is not the finish line that matters. It is the way we approach the goal that matters. Everything is aiming. Zanshin

The translation of Zanshin is a state of awareness, of relaxed alertness. The mind is completely focused on action and fixated on the task at hand. Zanshin is being constantly aware of your body, mind, and surroundings without stressing yourself. It is an effortless vigilance.

I endeavour to live my life intentionally and acting with purpose using Zanshin rather than living mindlessly without focus or direction. Living with a focused mind has enabled to not only progress in my karate but also my battle with Parkinsons Disease

The Japanese proverb “After winning the battle, tighten your helmet.” means the battle does not end when you win. The battle only ends when you lose your sense of commitment, intention and when you stop paying attention. Zanshin is being focused, alertness regardless of whether the goal has already been achieved. For me, Zanshin is the way I live my life. To have complete awareness and focus everywhere in life.

A state of mind

The Japanese art of archery, Kyudo, study Zanshin. My schools given name is Kyudokan. The name was given to me by Kiyoshi Yonemoto Sensei. He thought the name epitomises my karate. I didn’t realise the significance of the name at the time. 30 years later, I do now.

I have many goals in life but Its not the target that matters. It is not the finish line that matters. It is the way we approach the goal that matters. Everything is aiming. Zanshin
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2 weeks ago

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🥋11:45: Family Training
🥋🥋12:45: Advanced Juniors
🥋🥋🥋12:45 Seniors Only

Next Session, Places at Eastleigh Tuesday 6pm Family Session.

Training Covid-19 safe
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2 weeks ago

Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do

Kyudokan Karate following COVID-19 safety guide lines.
Each student is 2.5metres apart and temperature checked upon arrival.
🥋11am Family Session
🥋🥋12noon Seniors only session
🥋🥋🥋12noon advanced juniors

Next 3 sessions Sunday from 11:45 am Holly Hill Leisure centre
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2 weeks ago

Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do

3 sessions tonight and every Thursday
🥋6pm Family Session
🥋🥋7pm Advanced Juniors
🥋🥋🥋7pm Seniors Only

Next 3 Sessions at Bitterne Leisure Centre on Saturday from 11am
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Excellent first session! We loved it! Thank you David and co x

2 weeks ago

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🥋🥋Another great evening at Kyudokan Karate.🥋🥋
31 new members in the last 5 weeks! Now is an amazing time to join. 🥋You will receive a free Gi (uniform) when you join🥋

Next 3 Sessions at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre this Thursday
🥋6pm Family Session
🥋🥋7pm Seniors Only
🥋🥋🥋7pm Advanced Juniors
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3 weeks ago

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4 Amazing Sessions at Bitterne Leisure Centre Today
🥋11am Family Session: all ages all levels
🥋🥋12pm Senior Only Session
🥋🥋🥋12pm Advanced Juniors
🥋🥋🥋🥋1pm Grading session
Congratulations to all that passed: Nikola, Harry, Jason, Finlay, Mark, Tony, Martin, Lucas, Kayden, Austin, Jithin and Mark.

Next Training session is at Holly Hill Leisure Centre on Sunday
11:45am Family Session: all ages all levels
12:45pm Advanced Juniors
12:45pm Seniors Only
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Congrats everyone - thought Martin done an amazing Kata.

Congratulations to all those passing their grading today! Well deserved! 👏

🥋Amazing sessions at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, every Thursday at 6pm and 7pm🥋
🥋6pm Family Session, all ages, all grades
🥋7pm Advanced Juniors
🥋7pm Seniors Only
🥋Next Sessions: Saturday 11am and 12pm at Bitterne Leisure Centre
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4 weeks ago

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A Heavy Burden

Nihon Goju Ryu Karate Do has a traditional linage of great standing and the Kyudokan follow the teachings of teachers past and present. All karate schools have their own grading system and depending on the teacher’s beliefs, their school’s grading system will differ.  It is often said that belts and grades are not so important, it is the development and his or hers understanding that is more important.

So what does a belt and its ranking system truly mean? Some people believe it is status, some people believe it is seniority, some people believe it the symbol of the path of their journey to black belt… whatever you believe, the most important thing is what it means to the individual student.

The black belt is a burden. I believe the teacher who awards the grade has just as much responsibility as the student who attempts it. The teacher must be careful not to award the grade without considering the huge burden being placed upon the student. The black belt is symbolic, it represents many things we strive to live up to, fortitude, courage, resilience and many more. It is the first step at the bottom of the mountain.

Yesterday I studied with a great teacher. He said the journey up the mountain is hard, each dan grade representing base camps. Camps to prepare you for the next stage. Today, two Kyudokan students will attempt to reach the third camp, Debbie and Leo Strong.

I have been asked many times if I have failed students who attempt their grade.  Fortunately I have. I have not placed a burden they could not carry.

A Heavy Burden

Nihon Goju Ryu Karate Do has a traditional linage of great standing and the Kyudokan follow the teachings of teachers past and present. All karate schools have their own grading system and depending on the teacher’s beliefs, their school’s grading system will differ. It is often said that belts and grades are not so important, it is the development and his or hers understanding that is more important.

So what does a belt and its ranking system truly mean? Some people believe it is status, some people believe it is seniority, some people believe it the symbol of the path of their journey to black belt… whatever you believe, the most important thing is what it means to the individual student.

The black belt is a burden. I believe the teacher who awards the grade has just as much responsibility as the student who attempts it. The teacher must be careful not to award the grade without considering the huge burden being placed upon the student. The black belt is symbolic, it represents many things we strive to live up to, fortitude, courage, resilience and many more. It is the first step at the bottom of the mountain.

Yesterday I studied with a great teacher. He said the journey up the mountain is hard, each dan grade representing base camps. Camps to prepare you for the next stage. Today, two Kyudokan students will attempt to reach the third camp, Debbie and Leo Strong.

I have been asked many times if I have failed students who attempt their grade. Fortunately I have. I have not placed a burden they could not carry.
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Thanks for all the support - means a lot. Three and half hours stretching body and mind resulted in a pass for us both. Exhausted and thrilled 😊x

I thought I had a lot to remember, and so much to still learn, when I took my first grade. Incredible that the path in front now looks even longer! I believe there are wise people who talk about the importance of the journey rather than just destination though! 😉 😊

Well said - good luck both of you 👏👏

Very best of luck today Debbie Strong and Leo . You 100% deserve the grade and I’m certain you will absolutely smash it .

(Non ninja response - #terrified!) 😉😂😂😂

Very well written Sensei!

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🥋🥋Another amazing week at Kyudokan Karate at our 4 venues around Southampton. 🥋🥋

Even more new members started this week ✅
Covid-19 safe ✅
Busy Classes ✅
4 students passed their next grade ✅✅✅✅
Amazing friendly family atmosphere ✅

🥋🥋We have an amazing joining offer: no joining fees, no insurance fees till August 2021 and a free Gi (uniform) when you join. Its never been a better time to start your training🥋🥋
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my son Dylan wants to come back he used to go to bitterne leisure about 4 years ago where do you do the classes now

Ollie really enjoyed the advanced junior class yesterday (despite his tired little face 🤣)

Red Suits

I have often been asked why do the children wear red karate suits and not the traditional white karate suits like the majority of karate schools. Maybe when I say I like the colour and that the children can spend more time training, less time washing, you may be slightly disquieted by my attitude and apparent lack of upholding tradition.

The colour red donotes strength, passion, self sacrifice and blood. It is the color that ‘gets the blood flowing’. Many phrases such as the terms for “embarrassment to death” or “growing red with anger” or “deficit spending or losses” or “complete stranger” are denoted with Japanese word for ‘red’.

White on the other hand is inherently denotes death and mourning too. This peaceful color also stands for purity and truth. White is the color of snow, starting on a blank page, going back to the roots and to scorn or treat someone cold.

However, while I believe it is very important to uphold tradition maybe by being a little bit different than all the rest is refreshing and free thinking.

Many years ago in the 80's , there was a very powerful and progressive karate style who dominated kumite competitions all over the country. It's instructors were Mike Dinsdale Sensei and Greg Wallace Sensei. The style was unlike the traditional karate of the day and to be honest was frowned upon. But in competition it worked, they competed and won. They won against biased referring and hostility for their lack of tradition. They were called Renshinkai........they wore red karate suits!.

Their moto was " Strength in Unity" a moto I believe the Kyudokan follows..

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Whether or not I like or agree with the post matters not, after all, what on Earth do I know and who should care what I think? But I must say that I love when people, particularly in the martial arts community can think for themselves and have the courage to forge different paths. Love it. (Ps, we’ve done blue and black and white during various iterations of my school). 😊🙏

🥋🥋Family Sessions + Senior Only + Advanced Juniors + 12 students successfully Grading 🥋🥋
Another amazing week at Kyudokan Karate with 10 sessions this week at 4 locations around Southampton.
While keeping Covid-19 safe, with temperature checks, social distancing and hand cleansing.
The Kyudokan family continues to grow with more members again this week in addition to more parents now becoming members joining in the training.
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🥋🥋🥋Gradings🥋🥋🥋
A very well done to Lilly, Gracie, Jessica, Patrick, Elliot and Luke for passing there grades today.
It was very tough grading session with the students having to work extremely hard to demonstrate that they were ready to be awarded their grade. Part of the grade included sparring which was possible with their siblings. 🥋🥋🥋
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A brilliant end to a great week. With lockdown being eased and our classes starting in the leisure centres Kyudokan Karate students returned to training.

Sunday at Holly Hill Leisure Centre proved to be very popular. It’s important for everyone to remember to book your place in our classes. Places are going fast and we need to know how many students attend to make sure we have the correct number of instructors. Booking can be done in advance so go to your app now.

Next training....... Places for People Leisure Centre, Tuesday 6.00pm.......book now to avoid disappointment

A brilliant end to a great week. With lockdown being eased and our classes starting in the leisure centres Kyudokan Karate students returned to training.

Sunday at Holly Hill Leisure Centre proved to be very popular. It’s important for everyone to remember to book your place in our classes. Places are going fast and we need to know how many students attend to make sure we have the correct number of instructors. Booking can be done in advance so go to your app now.

Next training....... Places for People Leisure Centre, Tuesday 6.00pm.......book now to avoid disappointment
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Love the closing picture!

This morning class at Bitterne Leisure Centre once again was awesome. Kyudokan students are enjoying the classes, its been a long time in lockdown. Our next classes are tomorrow, Sunday at Holly Hill Leisure Centre

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First session and can’t wait for the next. Great club and thanks for the welcome

I hadn’t realised Leo had been graded. Congratulations Leo well deserved 👏👏

We’re quarantining after going to France to see my parents. Will be back as soon as we can!

First karate lesson for junior and senior students of the Kyudokan last night at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre. Strictly following government guidelines on social distancing, sanitation and well being of all our students, the lessons were awesome,

We take these unprecedented times very seriously and have increased the instructor to student ratio and with so many members continuing their training online during the lockdown and attending the outside classes too, the standard and enthusiasm was brilliant.

With lockdown being relaxed, now is a great time to  join Kyudokan Karate. 

Our next class is tomorrow Saturday 22nd August at Bitterne Leisure Centre, 11.00am.

Interested? Come along, children adults and families very welcome

First karate lesson for junior and senior students of the Kyudokan last night at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre. Strictly following government guidelines on social distancing, sanitation and well being of all our students, the lessons were awesome,

We take these unprecedented times very seriously and have increased the instructor to student ratio and with so many members continuing their training online during the lockdown and attending the outside classes too, the standard and enthusiasm was brilliant.

With lockdown being relaxed, now is a great time to join Kyudokan Karate.

Our next class is tomorrow Saturday 22nd August at Bitterne Leisure Centre, 11.00am.

Interested? Come along, children adults and families very welcome
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Remembering our international ties with our South African friends before lockdown. Hoping to return to see you all again soon

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  it's the eyes you see with.

David Morris Sensei