“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit”
                                      Aristotle (384-322 BCE)

All classes are split into three elements.

1. The class starts with gentle stretching and associated exercises after which Karate is practised:

2. The Karate training is broken down into 3 further components, known as Kihon (basics), Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring).
Kihon (basics) is the practice of the individual blocks, strikes and kicks within karate.
Kata (forms) is the practice of fixed routines or sequences of techniques against several imaginary opponents.
Kumite (sparring) is the practice of techniques with real opponents

3. Finally the session ends with a warm (or cool) down which can consist of meditation, exercises/games, a story or parable relevant to the class and formal relaxation exercises (all of which help with relaxation and concentration after the conclusion of the class).

Training within Custom Shotokan Karate involves all 3 of these elements from beginner through to black belt and beyond. However as the student progresses a different emphasis is given to the training to improve the student’s karate.

Please note that the Little Mongooses follow a different programme (please see little Mongoose Tab for more details).

Custom Karate uses the 6 term academic year (e.g. start of a full term to half term is counted as one term)

Progress is dependent on the student, a student can progress at their own pace. For example, a student who trains more than once a week will progress faster than a student who trains once a week or less. It is suggested that a new student trains about once a week at first and once achieving 7th Kyu starts to train twice a week.

         “To learn and to practise time and again is a pleasure”.
                                      Confucius (551 BCE – 479 BCE)