On Sunday the 18th July 2021, Zen-Shin held a First Aid Course open for all our students. The course was well attended by lots of different students of differing ages and grades. The main purpose of the First Aid Course is for the students who are going for their black belt. One of the criteria
Training in Karate is a long journey that takes many years. Achieving black belt is the central goal for many students (one I wouldn’t recommend), and the gradings are the rites of passage from one grade to another. Our younger students find it enjoyable to aim for a new colour belt every few months. This
On Saturday 3rd July 2021 we held our third Kata workshop at Zen-Shin Martial Arts Academy on Soho Hill. In the class we finished off learning the last section to our kata, Gojushiho Sho. We spent the remaining time trying to put everything together, and remembering the whole kata. When working on a kata with
Zen-Shin held our second Kata workshop since opening up after lockdown. The turnout was great, and there was a lot of energy an enthusiasm towards learning and improvement. We continued on from what we had learnt in our previous workshop. We now know about half of the kata, but w still haven’t managed to make
Last week Saturday 12th June we held our first Kumite workshop of 2021. We had a good turnout of Zen-Shin students eager to practice their scoring techniques. In this workshop we practiced using drills designed to make our gyaku zuki more effective. This means not only are we trying to increase speed, accuracy and timing
Zen is a school of Buddhism that emphasises the importance of meditation and intuition. ‘Zen-Shin’ refers to the ‘Zen mind’; to be more specific, a meditative and calm mind. After our first Kata workshop, I have consistently been practicing Gojushiho Sho. I am still trying to master the movements. With practice comes understanding, and by
I love going to karate, focusing on my training and working hard in class. However, there was a certain time Every . Single . Month that I dreaded putting on my fresh white gi and stepping into the dojo. Yep, you guessed it, i’m talking about my period.