Location: West End Karate
School (Home dojo)
41 Swaythling Road
West End, Southampton
Hants, SO30 3AG
Classes: Monday's (except Bank Holidays) and
Adults: 18 yrs and over
8.15pm - 9.45pm
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Membership fees: Annual membership including insurance
Dojo fees: £30 payable monthly
Environment: Class sizes are small, maximum of ten students,
enabling individual attention. Lessons take place in a private
wooden training hall known in Japanese as a 'dojo' or a place
where the way is practiced. The emphasis of this school is to
develop individual's level and skills according to their ability.
The teachings centre around the physical, mental and spiritual
looking to provide an holistic approach.
Entry to Dojo: Prospective
students must be of sincere and of good character with social
awareness. Permission to be a student of the Sodokan is subject to
acceptance and dependent on probationary period
Lesson content: This depends on the level of the student,
however a typical lesson will include a warm up with stamina and
stretching exercises. Followed by:
Kihon -stationary and moving fundamental technique development.
Kakie - pushing hands to develop sensitivity.
Kata - practice and analysis of formal attack and defense routines.
Kumite- controlled fighting with a partner
Teaching emphasis: On developing natural movement and the
understanding of how the techniques of Goju work without utilizing
Background: Mike Clark began the practice of Goju Ryu is
1971 and is a 5th Dan, senior student of Sensei Kiyoshi Yonemoto of the Seibukan, Tokyo, Japan.