Kyokushin Karate is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded by Masutatsu Oyama. Its full contact style has had international appeal with practitioners over the last 60 years numbering more than 12 million. In 1965 the first Kyokushin Dojo was opened in London by Hanshi Steve Arneil 10th Dan, this club was soon to become the premier club of Great Britain. This year British Kyokushinkai Karate celebrates its 50th year with over 55 Dojo’s in Great Britain 11 of which are in Wales, Caerphilly being one of them.
Caerphilly Kyokushinkai Karate Club was originally established in 1984 by Sensei Julian Baker 4th Dan. It was then taken over by Sensei Laurence Power 4th Dan who ran the club for the next 24 years celebrating many successes in tournaments locally, nationally and internationally. Sensei Laurence decided to retire from the club in September 2015. At which time Sensei Roger Styles 3rd Dan and former student of Sensei Laurence was ask to take over the club and be its chief instructor.
Sensei Roger has trained in martial arts for the past 22 years, 20 of those in Kyokushinkai. A former student of Caerphilly club and one of Sensei Laurence’s first black belts started knockdown at the age of 32 when most fights think about retiring. He represented Britain and Wales at a very high standard national and international fighting some of the best light weights at the time. Up until taking over at caerphilly He had been training and teaching in Cardiff dojo under Shihan Terry Prescott 6th Dan where he obtained his 2nd and 3rd Dan’s.
Sensei Roger is looking forward to passing on this experience to present and future students of the club. Although no longer an active fighter he is the current Welsh senior knockdown coach as well as one of the Great British senior knockdown coaching staff. He is also a qualified national and internationally knockdown referee.
Caerphilly Kyokushinkai Karate club currently has 3 black belts which all give back to the club they time and efforts to teach novice white belts through to brown belts and indeed each other. Kyokushinkai karate will help teach your children the meaning of etiquette, respect and discipline as well has improving their physical well being. We try to make lessons fun as well has educational. But unlike school there is no tolerance for bad behaviour and lack of respect to other students inside or outside the Dojo.
As a club we Look to encouraging students to enter advance clicker, kata and knockdown tournaments both interclub, nationally and internationally. This will help to improve the student’s abilities, increase self confidence and raise the club’s profile. It is also a club priority to encourage students to Fulfil their potential and recognise achievements. we will be looking to make sure senior lessons are demanding and push students to reach the next level in their fitness and karate syllabus.
Training days are Tuesday and Thursday 18.00 to 19.00 for juniors 7 years+ and 19.00 to 20.45 for seniors. Costs for juniors £1.80 plus entrance to the YMCA of £1.00 and £2.30 plus entrance to the YMCA of £1.70 for seniors. Please feel free to come along and watch at the YMCA Abertridw or contact Sensei Roger Styles 07811446710 for more details