Gichin Funakoshi

    1868 - 1957

The father of modern karate.

Bembridge Shotokan Karate Club

Juniors under fourteen years old - Begin training in a formal way at age 8, where they can attain grading coloured belts to show achievement at a manageable pace.  The grading procedure is processed and approved by the SEKU’s grading instructors and is licensed as a requirement of training.  Once a junior reaches eleven years old, they become eligible to take full grades if they chose, however the grading expectations increases to the level of seniors.

Senior members - are aged over fourteen and are eligible for full karate training that embraces every aspect of the art.  Coloured belt grading is offered at least three times per year and progress to black belt is normally three to four years dependand upon attendance and readiness.

Training for grading coloured belts  - any member wishing to grade under SEKU requirements must attend a certain number classes to be accepted for assessment.  This is normally 80 percent of the available training times between gradings.  We do acknowledge that this is sometimes difficult to attain as a working adult or a school pupil with other commitments and the club will try to accommodate any request to grade with a lesser attendance.  In the event that this is not possible because of repeated absence then the student will be required to wait until the following grading event before they can progress. 

These requirement exists to ensure students are capable and fit enough to be graded and have learned what is required.  As they progress through the grading structure, the demand on learning and fitness increases.  When the time comes to take a shodan (black belt) grading, the training and learning will have reached a point where peak fitness and training are paramount.  After first Kyu students wait a minimum of nine months and have attended three black and brown belt SEKU courses to qualify to take Shodan.

Dojo training at the BYCC :

Monday:            Juniors and Seniors 20.00 - 21.00

                   Seniors only 21.00 - 22.00

Karate licensing

An individual SEKU license is granted to every member and is a training requirement that must be kept up to date.  It is an essential part of practicing karate from the point of view of safety and personal third party insurance.  It also permits members access to any SEKU club as well as taking registered performance gradings and events.

The BSKC is also licensed and affiliated to the SEKU and pays an annual membership that enables benefits to the individual members such as membership registration, grading  registration and progress records.  All records are kept locally and maintained according to the data protection act. 

The club itself is insured under the buildings package of the BYCC (Bembridge Youth and Community Centre) and instructors carry their own instruction insurance as a separate  item and are compliant with SEKU requirements.

Child safety

This is a topic taken very seriously and is implemented as a priority at all levels, a DBS (Disclosure and Baring Service) check is mandatory for all adults offering instruction to children.   For all junior members, parents are encouraged to take an active interest in their child's progress and safety, so therefore they are requested to attend with their ward for sessions involving minors only.  For mixed sessions with senior members, the instructor and assistant (where necessary) ensure compliance with child safety and security.  However parents are always encouraged to attend, if only to watch and monitor progress.

Dojo training times

Monday:             All grades training                           20.00 - 21.30                           
                          Advanced class training                   21.30 - 22.00

  Wednesday:        All grades training                           18.00 - 19.30
                            Advanced class training                   19.30 - 20.00

Saturday:            All grades training                           10.00 - 11.00                                  
                          Kumite training 8th Kyu and above   11.00 - 12.00

* Please note that advanced class training is intended for those who have attained at least
  5th Kyu and will be focused upon higher grade kata and kumite.

Activities and teaching