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Karate is great for...

Karate is far more than merely a sport. It is the key to a healthier way of life for all ages, a safe space for children to develop the skills that will prepare them for adult life and an opportunity to make friends from all over the world.


Through our teaching methods, here at Matsuri we offer students the opportunity to build the skills below and so much more.


Karate is a martial art originally designed for personal protection, so here at Matsuri we provide practitioners with the appropriate combat methods for self-defence.


“Nothing is more harmful to the world than a martial art that is not effective in actual self-defense.”

– Choki Motobu (1870-1944)



While some key aspects of training are performed individually, lessons also include paired work and opportunities to train with one another. The Dojo provides an environment whereby students support each other and build on each other’s strengths.


Many lifelong friendships begin in the Dojo.



Our instructors create an environment within the Dojo (place of training) that provides the necessary structure and teaches the principles of respect that will allow students to understand discipline. Developing this skill through Karate has been proven to improve students’ performance academically and within general life.



Karate classes begin with a warmup featuring aerobic exercises and stretching, generally followed by Kihon Waza (basic techniques) which are a great calorie burner.


Here at Matsuri we are open to all levels of fitness and ability, so training can be taken at a pace that suits you.


The Dojo is a safe space for students to step outside of their comfort zone, try new things and develop greater belief in their abilities. Students progress as martial artists at their own pace and our instructors support them on this journey. The confidence that students build in the Dojo will help them flourish in all aspects of wider life from making new friends to applying for jobs.

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Physical Health

The full body exercises undertaken in Karate reduces stress on the cardiovascular system.

In the past, many masters of karate have enjoyed long lives. Karate aids in developing the bones and muscles. It helps the digestion as well as the circulation.

- Anko Itosu (Shuri-Te Master, 1831-1915)

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