ABOUT US

aboutus_1Although a traditional dojo with many principles of Japanese Karate, a contemporary and progressive approach is taken that incorporates reality based self defence and modern competition training.

info-aboutus-karatedoKarate provides its practitioners with a safe and healthy means of learning how to protect themselves. Shown to improve fitness, flexibility, agility, concentration, confidence, self-awareness as well as mental and spiritual development, Karate is a combination of kicking, punching, striking and blocking techniques developed in Japan. Karate is universally recognised as one of the most comprehensive of all the Martial Arts and is ideally suited to combat the stresses of modern living. Karate is also an exciting sport practised worldwide.

info-aboutus-kiryokushotokanKiryoku Shotokan is the collective group of Karate clubs run by renowned international instructor Sensei Paul Herbert and was originally established in 1996 as the Dartford Shotokan Karate Club. Although we practise traditional Karate with many principles of JKA Shotokan, a contemporary and progressive approach is taken that also incorporates competition and reality based self defence training. We are affiliated to the national governing body – the English Karate Federation (EKF) and to the Academy of Shotokan Karate (ASK). A primary goal of Kiryoku Shotokan is to provide an environment that will allow the ability of its members to eventually exceed that of its senior instructors.

info-aboutus-inclusionAppealing to men, women and children, Karate really is for everyone. At Kiryoku we cater to a wide range of individuals and families, offering extensive classes for all ages and levels of ability. Our students currently range from first time beginners to experienced club instructors and international competitors. Kiryoku has successfully trained students with special needs including Autism, Aspergers, Dyspraxia, ADHD and believe that there is no reason why Karate cannot help inspire self-esteem and confidence in everyone. We also involve ourselves in numerous school and community based projects using the discipline of Karate as a tool to target and rehabilitate young people at risk of exclusion and anti-social behaviour in disadvantaged areas.
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