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Welcome to the Shin-Gi-Tai Karate Club Website
From the origins of the Club in 2002, we have grown from a core of enthusiastic Karateka to having 4 adult karate lessons each week and 7 children's, in addition private tuition for all club members. With lessons taking place at Grove Green and West Malling in addition to the Okinawan Kobudo Weapons Club and the Kenjutsu Club
From the experienced Karateka looking for something a bit different to the novice looking to begin their training, we believe we have something for everyone. Please have a look around our website and if you would like to know more on any of the training opportunities or corporate services please click here to email us or call us on 01622 736 990 and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
NEW Oriental Weapons Workshops
We hold monthly Oriental Weapons Workshops on the 4th Saturday, 8:30 to 12:30 in the Grove Green community centre hall (dojo). It is open to all club members 14 years of age and above or visitors 16+.
The weapons covered are; Bo, Sai, Kama, Tekko, Nunchaku, Tonfa, Katana/Wakazashi/Tanto
The workshop will cost £25 which we would appreciate receiving in advance as these workshops will only take place if enough students are interested in attending.
All weapons will be supplied but if you have your own then do please bring them with you as getting to know your own weapon set is important. Where numbers are high and insufficient weapons available, the class will be split into parallel sessions.
The workshop is intended to cover a wide range of weapons as an introduction and will be tailored to suit the attendees on the day. Registration is for the whole workshop and not open to selective attendance at this stage. This may be an option later in the year. However, should you wish not to take part in a session, you are welcome to sit out and watch.
Please register as soon as possible to ensure your place on the workshop. The workshops will be on the 4th Saturday of each month (24/08, 28/09, 26/10)
If you would like more information or have any questions about the Shin Gi Tai Oriental Weapons Workshops click here or telephone us on 01622 736 990.
I hope to see you there.
History of the Shin-Gi-Tai Club
Our children's classes started at the request of parents wanting additional tuition for their children. From this small start several club venues were opened and eventually the shin-gi-tai group was formed.
Within a year the local club where Sensei assisted teaching was closed and handed to him by his then Sensei, Grant Wright 5th dan, in recognition of his help over the years.
Our skills base is in Shotokan karate but over the past decade or so we have been seriously studying the Seito aspects of karate to better understand this excellent system.
As the Chief Instructor for all the Clubs as well as the head of the grading Committee, Renshi Malcolm Bates, has developed the group into a friendly and competent set of clubs where encouraging students to do their best is the key. He believes in teaching all students irrespective of their personal abilities or limitations.
Renshi Malcolm Bates, was first exposed to karate in the late 1960's while living in South Africa... click here for more
The 'Sempai' or senior student performs a valuable role within the clubs. Their duties include preparing the Dojo for the lesson, taking class warm-ups prior to the lesson beginning, managing the general day-to-day running of the club. Click here to see a list of qualified students.
The 'Yudanshakai' are the Clubs Role of Registered Black Belts, many of these individuals will act in the role of Assistant Instructors and all have a duty to uphold the high standards and reputation of the Club. For a list of the Shin-Gi-Tai Yudanshakai and a bio click here for more...
List Of Clubs
The Shin-Gi-Tai clubs operate in a range of locations in and around Maidstone, Kent. Locations include West Malling, Grove Green, Vinters Park.
For a comprehensive list of clubs see the list at the bottom of the page or click here.
Training Times & Venues
For a comprehensive list of training times and venues with address details and clickable map link please see the list at the bottom of the page or click here.
Here at the Shin-Gi-Tai Club we are committed to providing our students with the very best training and support in their studies. Our teaching philosophy is based on the traditional 'Shu Ha Ri' system of learning.
As part of this, Shin-Gi-Tai produce a range of high quality, detailed Syllabi and Technical Support documentation for each of the disciplines.
Typically, these cost between £5.00 and £10.00 payable at the time of ordering. If you would like to purchase these study aids on any one of the following topics. Please click here to mail your request.
The system is based on formal development of Shotokan 'techniques' for novices and progressively introducing a clear understanding of the practical use of these 'techniques' with emphasis on the transition rather than the modern approach to end technique. Kyusho Jutsu, Nage Waza, unarmed street defence and weapons defence are all incorporated into the syllabus. Yudansha are taught the principles of Seito Karate and old style kata and techniques are included in the syllabus.
Children learn the Shotokan style which is the most popular style of karate around the world. The lineage goes back directly to the founder of karate, Ankoh Itosu. Children are taught karate as a sport with an increasing element of self-defence as they develop through the grades. They study the modern set of kata and basic techniques so that they can participate in competitions or attend other clubs if they wish to.
Our system covers the five primary Okinawan weapons, Bo, Nunchaku, Sai, Tonfa and Kama. Nunchaku kata are based on the Kanazawa lineage and other weapons on Matsumura Seito. Our aim is to learn practical use of each weapon but do not teach competition style kata.
The system has been designed to teach practical use of the Katana and its components. We have combined the 'Iaido' Omori Ryu Jikiden kata with Niten Ichi Ryu partner drills, the Muto Dori Hiden of Masaaki Hatsumi, Tamashigiri or 'live cutting' practice, with Interactive Partner Drills and Freestyle Attack & Defence Training with both Bokken and the Shinai.
Shin-Gi-Tai Services Portfolio
Not just a Karate Club. SGT offer a range of training and self-development opportunities in many aspects of the martial arts. Guest instructors invited to add depth and variety to studies.
NEW... 5's & Under Karate Classes
The All NEW Shin Gi Tai Kodomokai (Children's Club) is preparatory or reception class for young children wishing to study karate. In this class we teach the general skills and procedures needed to quickly settle into karate training, allowing your child to be more confidant and happy when starting in a larger class of older children to study karate.
We have had a large number of enquiries recently via our Kids Karate Kent website from parents wishing to introduce this children to Karate as well as teaching balance, coordination, basic fitness, strength, mobility and focus.
We have made sure the 30 minute lesson is just long enough for the age group, making it a great opportunity to have some fun as well as being a good social event to get to know other kids.
Sessions are held at West Malling and are just £3.00 for the 30 minute session. So if you have Kids ages 5 and Under who would like to have a go click here to email us for more details and to reserve a place on the Shin Gi Tai Kodomokai and we will get back to you
Children's Karate Training
Members of the Shin-Gi-Tai Juniors Club, training at the Grove Green Dojo, Maidstone, Kent.
Class sizes vary between Dojo locations so students have the opportunity to work in a small or larger group. All members are welcome at all our Dojo (space permitting) and attendance of more than one Dojo is encouraged.
Adult Karate Training
Members of the Adults Club, training at Grove Green in Maidstone, Kent
We have four adult karate classes a week across two Dojo so plenty of opportunity to train in our system. We currently cater for students from 16 to 60 in this class and see age or minor injuries as no obstacle to the learning of karate. We welcome people from all walks of life and encourage them to do their best.
Reg & Dunc practicing very, very carefully at the Feb 2012, Kenjutsu Syllabus Workshop.
Study the Ancient Okinawan Weapon Arts, Nunchaku, Bo, Sai, Tonfa and Kama. We teach a foundation level for each weapon with more advanced training for those with deeper interest in a specific weapon.
Corporate Self Protection & Threat Awareness Courses
These bespoke courses are tailored to suit the needs of everyone who has dealings with the general public, as part of your job, voluntary work or just ensuring you have the knowledge to keep safe in day to day situations.
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Shin-Gi-Tai Club News
New Idea No. #1 - Fee Structure
The more observant of you may have noticed that we have been asking for some help from the SGT Students and Parents on way in which we might improve the Club for the benefit of all members
Many thanks to all of you who came up with suggestions. The first one we will be actioning is a simplification of the Shin Gi Tai Fee Structure for all new students.
These offers are open to existing student some of which may save money by switch to one of the new schemes.
Help us to improve Our Club
The newly formed Shin-Gi-Tai Workgroup are looking for your ideas on how we can make the Club for you.
Have you got any brilliant ideas on what we can do to make our Club better? Is there anything we can do to make it easier for you to train? Are they are services that the Club provides that you would change and how?
We all need to do our bit so see what you can come up with and email us on My BIG Idea for the Club is....
Shin-Gi-Tai Club Awards 2012
We expect the commitment of the club to be matched by the commitment of the students and believe that it is important that this commitment be recognised. Every year a number of awards are made in recognition of achievements in personal development, commitment to training and Giri.
The nominations for the various awards are made by the club members to the Senior Students and Grading Committee within that discipline.
5 Year Awards
Five years is a long time and Shin-Gi-Tai Karate Club is proud to recognise those individuals who have demonstrated their commitment and are pleased to announce the following students have earned their 5 Year Award.
Everyone has to start somewhere and its no secret Karate can be a challenge. The Outstanding Novice Award is made to those who have shown significant development and commitment to their training.
Karateka of the Year
This is a very special award given only to those students that have truly excelled in their studies, much coveted but rarely awarded.
Giri or 'Duty' to the club is highly valued by the Club and students that have gone 'above and beyond' to assist the club either as an assistant instructor, assistance with marketing, mentoring other students or being generally and consistently helpful. The award is given in recognition of such individuals and their unstinting support of the Club.
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Club & Other Seminars
We host a number of guest instructors to help students develop all round understanding of the martial arts, among those who have visited Shin-Gi-Tai are;
We also host the annual European Seminar for the International Seito Karate Kenkyukai (ISKK) in October each year.
These are set up to address specific needs and have covered, Kata and Bunkai, Weapons and Knife Defences.
We also hold periodic Sempai workshops to help teach students how to perform the function of Sempai in our clubs.
We regularly perform demonstrations for local schools, some via the Maidstone Council and others directly at schools. Some examples of these are;