SSSK is run on a not-for-profit basis, it's all about the art!
Welcome to the SSSK website which is primarily a reference site for Karate-ka and contains information on Terminology, Testing/Grading syllabus plus videos of Shotokan Kata and Kumite drills.
Whether you are considering taking up Shotokan Karate for the first time or have studied karate previously then you are most welcome to join the Sawbridgeworth School of Shotokan Karate training sessions at the Leventhorpe Academy Leisure Centre on Thursdays 7.30pm - 8.30pm and Sundays 10.30am - 12.00pm.
We aim to provide a high standard of instruction in Traditional Shotokan Karate based on the teachings of Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa and training sessions are suitable for men, women and young people alike at all levels of fitness.
Studying Karate is not confined to learning the physical art alone, for many it is also a journey of discovery about oneself; it starts with the simplest of acts, a bow (Rei) symbolising both your own humility and your respect for the recipient, be that your instructor (Sensei) or training partner.
For many students (Karate-ka) this is the first step on a lifelong journey.
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SSSK Founder & Instructor
Paul Wilson began Karate training at the Sheering Karate club in the mid eighties and passed his 1st Dan in 1990. He was recently awarded his Yondan (4th) by SHOTO chief instructor Hanshi Mick Randall
SHOTO Founder & Chief Instructor
Hanshi Mick Randall MBE (9th Dan) is an original disciple of Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th Dan)
A staunch traditionalist, he became one of the first in Britain to obtain a black belt under the Japan Karate Association in January 1967
Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa
Soke Kanazawa, President and chief instructor of Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF), is arguably one of, if not, the greatest Shotokan Karate-ka of the modern age. He was taught by the founder of Shotokan, Gichin Funakoshi, and by Master Masatoshi Nakayama, Chief Instructor of the JKA. Soke Kanazawa came to Great Britain in 1965 and taught his first lesson in April of that year, Hanshi Mick Randall was a senior student in that class.
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