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Welcome to the website of the Independent karate Clubs (IKC)
Our Aims and Objectives
Safeguarding Children
Chief Instructor Lesley Darrington (Constable) BA Hons 6 th dan
Sensei Lesley 6 th dan Wado-Ryu
Welcome to IKC
to organise and administer instruction in karate including participation in courses and tournaments throughout the United Kingdom and world-wide. to promote and enhance the image of karate and encourage participation in the activity; o r g a n i s e a c t i v i t i e s w h i c h w i l l b e o f b e n e f i t t o a l l I K C m e m b e r s ? establish and encourage the participation of all in the activities organised by IKC regardless of age, race, gender or disabilities and e n c o u r a g e a n d d e v e l o p K a r a t e i n t h e l o c a l c o m m u n i t y . to improve the standards of karate and self defence skills of all members of the IKC. to offer support and listen to the needs of all member organisations of the IKC in all aspects of karate from Sport to Traditional, from the youngest beginner to the most senior instructor.
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We take the welfare of all children seriously and have a comprehensive Safeguarding Policy which has a clear framework outlining the legal requirements regarding working with children and vulnerable adults. ALL of our Coaches and Assistant Coaches of IKC clubs have been checked with the DBS and have recieved ‘Safeguarding’ training..
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IKC History
Founders of IKC
Ilford Karate Clubs
Ilford Karate Clubs becomes ‘Independent Karate Clubs’ (1995)
O u r O r g ani s ation
Sensei Lesley Darrington (Constable) BA Hons 6 th dan Wado-Ryu Sensei Colin Constable BA Hons QTS 4th dan Wado-Ryu
IKC was originally known as Ilford Karate Clubs. Sensei Colin started the first club under the Bushi- Kai banner at the Frenford Club, Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex in 1986. Sensei Lesley started the second club soon after at the Mildmay Youth Centre, Ilford, Essex in 1987 as part of B.O.S.K.F.
After affiliating to other karate organisations over several years, Ilford Karate Clubs eventually went on to form their own association; ‘Independent Karate Clubs’. IKC is now an Association Member of the English Karate Federation (EKF). IKC provides Club and Group membership opportunities for ‘ALL STYLES’ where support, advice, guidance, training and senior gradings are available to everyone. The IKC is a friendly, approachable association with many years of experience between its instructors and member groups.
T h e f o u n d e r s o f t h e o r g a n i s a t i o n , L e s l e y D a r r i n g t o n ( C o n s t a b l e ) 6 th d a n a n d C o l i n C o n s t a b l e 4 th d a n , have b e t w e e n t h e m , o v e r 6 0 y e a r s e x p e r i e n c e i n K a r a t e . S e n s e i L e s l e y i s a w o r l d c l a s s K a r a t e p r a c t i t i o n e r w h o h a s m a n y W o r l d , E u r o p e a n a n d U K t i t l e s i n b o t h K u m i t e a n d K a t a ; and Sensei Colin qualified as a British Karate Referee. Both are qualified School Teachers.
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Introduction to Karate
What Is Karate?
Our S t y le of Karate
C har ac t e r is t ic s of Wa do - Ry u K ar ate
Hironori Ohtsuka
Born: June 1, 1892 Shimodate, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan Died: January 29, 1982 (aged 89) Japan Other names: Hironori Ohtsuka Residence: Masaru_Shintani Style: Wadō-ryū Karate Teacher(s): Gichin Funakoshi, Kenwa Mabuni, Chōki Motobu Rank: 10th dan karate Notable Masaru Shintani Tatsuo Suzuki students:
T h e m o v e m e n t s i n W a d o - R y u a r e g e n e r a l l y s m a l l e r t h a n t h o s e u s e d i n o t h e r K a r a t e s t y l e s a n d c a n b e s e e n i n t h e K a t a s p r a c t i s e d . S t a n c e s a r e a l s o g e n e r a l l y s h o r t e r a n d h i g h e r . O t h e r c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s o f W a d o - R y u i n c l u d e e v a s i v e a n d d e f l e c t i n g t e c h n i q u e s . M a n y o f t h e t e c h n i q u e s p r a c t i s e d h a v e d e r i v e d f r o m J u j i s u a n d S h u r i t e t y p e K a r a t e ( S h u r i t e i s a n a r e a o f J a p a n ) .
IKC is a multi style organisation, however, th e s t yle o f Kar at e the founder clubs p r ac t ic e a t I KC is: W A D O - RY U . W ad o - Ry u Kar at e w as fo u n d e d b y: S e n sei Hi r o n o r i O h t su ka (1892 - 1 982) an d h as b e c o me t h e mo st p o p u lar ly t r ain e d st yle in t h e w o r ld . WADO-RYU W a = p e ac e , h ar mo n y. D o = w ay , me t h o d . Ry u = st yle, in d ic at e s a so ft s t yl e .
Kar at e is a M ar t ial A r t s sy st e m i n w h ic h a ll t h e p o ssib le mo v e me n t s o f t h e h u man b o d y a r e u sed . T h is make s Kar at e a n id e al ex e r c is e fo r p h y sic al fit n e ss ; it c o u ld b e sa id t h at Kar at e is: A Ph ys ic al E xe r c ise A Se lf D e fe n c e A Sp o r t A W a y o f Li fe It is imp o r t an t t h at p r o gressio n in K a r at e is n o t r u sh e d b u t d e v e lop e d a t eac h s t age . T ake t im e t o le ar n t h e t e c h n iq u e s an d mo v e me n t s an d b u il d a go o d kn o w le d ge o f Kar at e - Do. There are many other styles of karate, including both traditional and sport.
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Brief History of Karate
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Traditional & Sport K ar ate
Style Comparison (Get Comparison Chart)
Other Karate Styles
“There’s not much difference between traditional and sport karate”. Basics, in any style of karate, is the same. Whether it is Shotokan, Wado-Ryu, Kyokushinkai or any style. The difference starts in the ‘performance’ of the techniques. Not just the body, but actually the mind behind the performance. Traditional Karate: is focused on self-defense, the killing blow or survival. Every move in traditional karate has a meaning, it’s meant for survival. The mind controls the moves, while the action itself is purely self protection or self- defense. Sports Karate: is set on scoring a point against an opponent, with a well placed, well timed technique in order to become a champion or to get a trophy. Sport karate also has a set of rules which determin what is needed to win.The traditional idea of self defense is gone. The “winning” comes in the first place. Reality and surviving has gone. Each aspect of karate supports and enhances the other. Traditional trains the mind and body to be technically competent and strong, whilst Sports allows you to train for speed and stamina as well as many other things.
The four earliest karate styles developed in Japan are Shotokan, Wado-ryu, Shito-ryu, and Goju-ryu. The first three styles find their origins in the Shorin- Ryu style from Shuri, Okinawa, while Goju-ryu finds its origins in Naha. Shuri karate is rather different from Naha karate, drawing on different predecessor influences. Shito-ryu can be regarded as a blend of Shuri and Naha traditions as its kata incorporate both Shuri and Naha kata. When it comes to individual karate styles: Shotokan involves long, deep stances and powerful long range techniques. Shito-Ryu, on the other hand, uses more upright stances and stresses speed rather than power in its long and middle range techniques. Wado-Ryu too employs shorter, more natural stances and the style is characterised by the emphasis on body shifting to avoid attacks. Kyokushin, a hard style, involves breaking more often than the other styles and full contact, knockdown sparring as a main part of its training. Goju-Ryu places emphasis on Sanchin kata and its rooted Sanchin stance, and it features grappling and close-range techniques
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Coaches Responsibilities
Qualifications and Standards
IKC coaches ensure that every participant that attends our sessions, irrespective of their level, receives the same levels of respect, support and common courtesy.
The role of the coach is also about creating a trusting relationship where athletes feel able to share relevant and personal information. A coach must support athletes to be the best by considering their physical, social, cultural and emotional needs.
We know that coaching encourages people to start in sport and physical activity such as karate, improves enjoyment, maintains engagement, improves fitness, develops skills and builds lifelong connections to sport and activity. This means that our coaches and instructors play a critical role in the development of karate and other activities and in the lives of the people they coach. Our coaches strive to ensure participants have positive experiences, so they are more likely to continue and achieve their potential.
Our club instructors have the following: A black belt grade in the style of karate being taught A recognised sports coach qualification £1 million Professional Indemnity Insurance DBS (was CRB) enhanced disclosure Basic First Aid Safeguarding training Health & Safety Coaching Children & Adults Lesson Planning Club Management
Instructors will have been trained in the following:
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The MON and KYU grades Before the Black Belt grades, their are several MON and KYU GRADES. They are represented with coloured belts. This system allows the student to develop over time and helps to identify their grade. You will see many variations of this system with different styles of karate and different organisations using different numbers of ‘Mon’ and ‘Kyu’ grade levels and many different combinations of couloured belts.
The techniques and information the student needs to learn and understand to be able to progress, is in the ‘Syllabus’. The syllabus is available from the instructor.
Anyone can practise Karate. People train for many different reasons, however, the benefits will include the following: Fostering self discipline Boost socialisation skills Encouraging Physical Activity Learning to Set and Achieve Goals Increased Self Esteem Instilling a Sense of Respect Improving Listening Skills Developing Team Skills Improvement in other areas of life SELF DEFENCE Karate students will be taught the ‘Basics’ of Karate during their lessons. And at the start of each lesson, the students will be told ‘what’ they will be expected to learn and understand by the end of each lesson. To ensure learning and understanding takes place, our lessons follow the ‘SMART IDEAS’ format as described earlier. If you don’t already train, why not go down to your local club and try out a few lessons?
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The Syllabus
Looking after your Karate Suit (Gi)
What will you learn?
Would you leave your sweat soaked tee shirt in your training bag after training ready for next time? Probably not. Looking after the Gi (Karate suit) is a special part of Karate training as it shows that you have respect for and care yourself.
Punching, Striking, Blocking, Kicking, Throwing, Sweeping, Stances and fighting are just some of the things to be learnt. BUT, is learning enough? During lessons, students are regularly monitored and assessed to ensure that its not just LEARNING which is taking place, but also, and more importantly, UNDERSTANDING. This is especially important with young children. Ultimately, GRADINGS (like a practical exam) are taken by the student where they will perform what they have needed to learn and understand for the GRADE they are working towards. As the student progresses through the grades, what they need to be able to do and know, becomes more technical and challenging.
As well as techniques and drills, students will learn about some of the traditions which have been adopted by western Karate practitioners. There are of course many simple things to learn; you should know the name of the style of the Karate being practised, the name of the suit being worn during training and other important but simple things.
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Flexibility training or stretching will be an integral part of every session during ‘warming up’ &‘cooling down’. It’s a myth that you need to ’do the splits’ like Bruce Lee or Jean-Claud Van Damme to be able to do Karate. There are several benefits of flexibility training. It increases range of motion. Flexibility training helps improve the range of motion of your joints and muscles. Next, it decreases your risk of injury. When your muscles are flexible, you are less likely to become injured during physical activity. It also reduces muscle soreness. Flexibility training can help reduce muscle soreness after training. Stretching after you exercise keeps your muscles loose and relaxed. Lastly, it improves athletic performance. When your joints and muscles are flexible, you use less energy while in motion, which improves your overall performance. Done correctly and regularly over time, your flexibility increases providing all the benefits of better performance and technique.
So you want to do Karate! But how FIT do you need to be? The simple answer is that as long as there are no medical reasons preventing you from training and doing exercise, your level of fitness should not be a barrier to starting training. Each individual who attends the class will be assessed by the instructor who will ask questions to get an idea of their fitness level. A short questionaire will indicate if there are any conditions such as asthma that needs to be monitored and if there are any concerns the advice is always ‘ask your G.P. first before starting any exercise. The needs of everyone across all age groups are diverse. Practising Karate in the club environment will provide opportunities for individuals to start to improve their fitness levels. Beginners to Karate will be encouraged to push themselves initially at their own pace. As the student progresses through their grades, a certain level of fitness will be expected; obviously taking into account any disabilities or personal medical conditions. Below are examples of the types of training students are encouraged to strive to do to complement their Karate training: (The following is not exhaustive) Weight Training for the whole body Cardiovascular exercises to improve endurance Core Training - Core Strength Core Training - Core Stability Plyometrics (Jump Training) Flexibility
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Child Development
Diversity & Inclusion
Through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn about the importance of key values such as: Honesty, Teamwork, Fair play, Respect for themselves and others, Adherence to rules They will learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing. In terms of physical and health aspects of child and youth development, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that focuses on the (mostly positive) effects of sport and exercise on physical health, growth and development. We also focus on the development of the individual and not only on the development of technical Karate skills. While the physical benefits of participation in sport are well known and supported by large volumes of empirical evidence, sport and physical activity can also have positive benefits on education. Sport-based programmes have been shown to improve the learning performance of children and young people, encouraging school attendance and a desire to succeed academically. It has also been shown that children who train regularly gain higher grades at school.
Karate training will contribute to the holistic development of young people. Children take part in fun and creative Karate activities.
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Statistically speaking; There are 6.9 million disabled people of working age in the UK representing around 19% of the total working population. In addition, there are 770,000 disabled children under the age of 16 1 IKC coach people from all backgrounds and of al abilities. Our coaches differentiate, to individualise their coaching, ensuring that every participant, that attends their session, irrespective of their level, receives the same levels of respect and support. IKC coaches have an open mind and are not afraid to ask the relevant people the relevant questions. We have members with cerebral palsy, who have developed their Karate to an extent that they overcome some of their condition and gained so much more confidence. There are three keys areas which provide the greatest impact on participation, namely disability, gender (women and girls), and race & ethnicity. Whilst our focus is on women disability, race and ethnicity we recognise that as coaches we should be aware of the impact of faith, sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy and maternity of participants.
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Getting Involved as Parents
Coaching Children
Getting Involved as Coaches
Learning & Attention Issues
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As the parent of your child training at our club, you have already been involved in their wish to do Karate and taken them to the class. But that shouldn’t be the end of your involvement. As a parent, you are in an advantageous position of being a positive part of your childs participation in their chosen activity, Karate.
As coaches of young children, we are well aware of their desires to please and do well. The following are just some of the ways we help them to achieve their desires: we respect young people in karate and how they want to train. we get to know the children we coach. It makes the session easier and more fun. we adapt the sessions for the participants. we ensure young people with disabilities are included in everything. we get the children to share ideas, get the children talking and solving problems for themselves. we make sure our instructions are clear and precise and ‘KISs’ (”Keep it simples”) to make sure they understand. we ask them what they think, keep them involved and keep checking they’re enjoying and understanding it. we don’t just coach, we also join in ourselves, have a laugh and have fun with the children. we have perseverance with them. we have fun! always enthusiastic and give the children no option but to come back and learn more.
By following a few simple tips, you could have an amazing impact on your childs development, enjoyment and success and hopefully, life long participation.
Exercise is great for every kid. But children with learning and attention issues can have a hard time finding a sport or physical activity that suits them. They may not have the social or physical skills to participate on a team. They may not have the coordination for activities like skating or ballet. They may find it too hard to follow rules, or they may be bullied or left out. Many families discover that martial arts and Karate in particular, are an excellent option. Read on to learn about what Karate can offer children with learning and attention issues.
ALL our IKC Coaches have been DBS checked
https://www.parentsinsport.co.uk/2019/03/10/how-can-you-help- motivate-your-children-when-it-comes-to-their-sport/ (June 2019)
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Childrens’ Club - Koguma the Karate Cub
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Exercise is great for every kid. But children with learning and attention issues can have a hard time finding a sport or physical activity that suits them. They may not have the social or physical skills to participate on a team. They may not have the coordination for activities like skating or ballet. They may find it too hard to follow rules, or they may be bullied or left out. Many families discover that martial arts and Karate in particular, are an excellent option. Read on to learn about what Karate can offer children with learning and attention issues.
There are lots of reasons Karate can be a good match for kids with learning and attention issues. Here are nine potential benefits:
What Karate can do for Children with Learning and Attention Issues
KOGUMA is the mascot Bear Cub of the IKC He is a hard working, tough but caring bear cub who is here to help all the young children develop their skills and knowledge. He is very often seen on the certificates given out to students after lessons for excellent effort and presentation (appearance - neat Gi etc.) As he develops, he will be seen more and more giving children tips and discussing all things Karate.
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‘SMART’ - ‘IDEAS’ for Parents who wish to help their child in Karate
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When setting goals for our Karate activities, we try to make sure they are ‘SMART’ goals: Specific: a specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. Measurable: we need to be able to measure if the goal has been achieved. Achievable: we want to stretch our students but the goal still needs to be achievable within the activity. Realistic: we need to set a goal that is realistic to the level of the students we are coaching and how they are progressing within their grade. Time specific: by setting a timeframe to achieve the goal, we give the students time to reflect at the end of it.
We deliver our planned activities to students using IDEAS’. Introduce: when we introduce a new Karate activity, skill or technique it is important for our students to understand what they are learning and why they are learning it. Demonstrations: demonstration is a vital part of coaching a new skill in order for our students to form a picture of what they are going to be doing. Explanations: providing a good demonstration with an effective explanation helps the students to clearly understand what they are going to do. We use simple terms when possible and make it all relative to where the skill fits into the Karate grade and the age and skill level. We would then ask our students to explain the skill back to us before trying it for themselves. Activity: during the activity, we will draw on all our coaching skills to ensure students understand what they're doing and remain engaged. Summary: at the end of each session we summarise what has taken place, and to feed back to our students and gain feedback from them.
‘SMART’ Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Time specific
‘IDEAS’ Introduce Demonstrations Explanations Activity Summary
When at home, you can help your child with their training. Use the following points as a guide; they will have plenty to practice.
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Competition Karate
WKF Kata & Kumite Competition Rules
WKF Para-Karate Rules
Karate Referees make it a Competition
So you’ve been training for a short while and starting to learn and understand what karate is all about; but how effective is what you’ve learnt so far? One way to find out is to compete against others of the same grade and size as you (size makes it fairer). The idea of competition fighting, or KUMITE (freestyle figfhting) is to outwit the opponent through good technique along with good sporting attitude, vigorous application of the techniques, good focus (zanshin), good timing of techniques and the correct distance when delivering techniques. These attributes are listed in the WKF Kumite Rules below.
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Both Kumite and Kata competition events can be INDIVIDUAL and TEAM events. A competition can be as small as two people competing against each other in the local club and as big as the World Championships where hundreds of competitors from all over the world gather to compete. Karate will be an Olympic Sport at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 in Japan.
For KUMITE, Compulsory Protective Equipment is required. Because the fighters are either on the WHITE side (Ao) or the RED side (Aka) they must have Mitts, Shin Pads and Foot Protectors in that colour. a Gum Shield, Body Protector, (Female) Chest Protector, and if worn, a WKF approved Groin Guard; and of course, a WKF approved Karate Gi. For KATA, no special equipment required - just ensure that the Karate Gi complies to WKF rules.
“No Referees and Officials - no competition”. These are the people who work hard to ensure the rules and regulations of the competition are adhered to and that the event runs smoothly. The WKF Competition Rules document must be fully understood by Referees and Judges before they qualify. Coaches should also have a good knowledge of the rules before sending anyone to compete.
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Competition Karate under the rules of the WKF, consists of TWO main elements: 1. KUMITE (Freestyle fighting) 2. KATA (Form/Technique/Movement)
Kumite & Kata events
Free Sparring; Safe & Fun - Kumite
To supplement the WKF Competition Rules, the WKF have produced illustrated presentations and video guides of both the Kumite and Kata rules. They have a lot of useful information for both competitors and coaches.
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When you first begin training, you will probably be keen to start sparring. However, you will need to be patient as you will have to master some of the very basic techniques first. Combinations of techniques will also be required such as a block and counterpunch and of course - you will have practiced pre-arranged sparring with a partner to get your distance and timing correct. We have looked at the protective equipment required already for kumite / sparring, however, there are some elements of SAFETY to consider: Sparring should not take place on a concrete or stone floor. Gum should not be chewed as there is a chocking risk. finger and toe nails must be short and clean. Earrings and necklaces to be removed. Long hair must be tied back with a simple elasticated band and no hairs grips allowed. Spectacles cannot be worn and any contact lenses can only be soft ones.
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Kumite Etiquette and Conventions
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The idea of free sparring in the club dojo is to practice and improve Kumite skills; in a competition, the idea is to beat your opponent by scoring points awarded by the referees for techniques delivered as prescribed in the rules.
What sparring is not, is an opportunity to have a free for all fight with the intention of hurting your opponent. In order to prevent a sparring match from degenerating, simple rules should be followed as outlined on the opposite chart. Keeping ones ‘cool’ is probably one of the most important things you can do in a match.
Kumite Tactics - Brief Guide
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Both fighters must take proper care of their own safety by maintaining an effective guard at all times.
DISTANCE Fight at a distance which suits you and/or which is unsuitable for your opponent. Crowding taller opponents, so their longer reach is of no advantage to them. keep well back from those who prefer punches, so they are forced always to step forward, or to rely on kicks. Don’t let the opponent corner you. Always move as far as is necessary to make an opponents attack miss - but no further.
TIMING The aggressive fighter will move in as soon as you begin a technique - but watch out for feints! (where the opponents pretends to start an attack to draw you out then delivers a technique). Always look at the opponents head and shoulders, and when they move be ready. The defensive fighter waits until the opponents technique has failed, then moves in even as it is being retrieved. Kicks take a long time to pull back and until they are, the opponent’s defensive shield will be weak. But never move too far away as you avoid the attack or it will take too long to closer again. If you naturally are an aggressive fighter, then practice being a defensive fighter too because that way, you will double your capabilities.
LINE Always try and inch your way onto the closed side of the opponent so they always have to turn before he/she can launch an attack/technique at you. Practise this by taking up left fighting stance against somone in left stance, and by moving until both your front feet are in line. Then turn your body slightly so you face the opponent directly. They are now turned slightly away from you.
TARGETING Straight punches into the face close off the opponents view. Circular strikes are not nearly so effective, though they can creep in around the very edge of the opponent’s defensive shield. Aim your front kicks high and to the side of your opponents chest, where they are difficult to block.
COMBINATIONS Overload the opponent’s defensive shield by a flurry of effective techniques. . The techniques must arrive at their targets in quick succession, otherwise your opponent will see them as single techniques and the advantage will be lost. Space the attacking techniques out , so one goes for the face and the second to the low stomach etc.. this forces the opponent to switch his attention from high to low. Mix circular with straight techniques to make things even more difficult for them.
PSYCHE OUT THE OPPONENT try stamping down hard with your lead foot, as though you intend to go into your opponent - How do they react? If they pull back from you, then they are a defensive fighter and you should hold back so they have to switch onto being an attacker. If they advance towards you, then they are an attacking fighter and you should immediately put them on the defensive by pushing forward and closing them down.
VARY YOUR FIGHTING HABITS We all have favourite techniques and tactics that tend to appear at every sparring session. Make sure the opponent doesn’t ‘suss out’ your next move by being too predictable. Change your fighting stance side often and be an attacker AND a Defender.
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Our after school clubs are popular. If you would like to see a Karate club at your school, please contact us for information.
Our childrens classes are very popular and are conducted in a safe and friendly atmosphere with a focus on FUN and FITNESS Children are treated as individuals and receive the attention and perform tasks appropriate to their level of skill. Parents and teachers regularly comment on the improvement of behaviour and attention levels of children who train regularly at our IKC clubs.
IKC have clubs in several areas. Contact details below for information about classes.
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Member Associations, Clubs & Individuals of IKC
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IKC Clubs & Individuals
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Need a IKC licence Questions about the application Where’s my licence? etc.
Groups wishing to join IKC Schools wishing to contact IKC Need to buy equipment Want information not found on web site etc.
Need to speak to an instructor Would like to know how your child is progressing; or simply ask a question
Our Designated Safeguarding Officer is Colin Constable. If you have any safeguarding concerns, please email on this link or Tel: 07590 687477
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IKC Documents & Policies
Constitution of IKC
IKC Safeguarding Policy
Equality & Diversity in Sport
Safeguarding Reporting Proceedures Flow-Charts
DBS Enhanced
Disability Equality Act 2010
Liability Insurance
First Aid
IKC Health & Safety Policy
Teaching and the Law
Data Protection Compliance
IKC Safeguarding Children Incident Report Form
As a responsible sports organisation, we like to ensure that the following information is available to all:
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EKF Safeguarding Policy
Documents & Policies - cont’d
Welcome & Equipment List
PAQ / Membership Form
Licence Application Form
Kyu Grading Application Form
Documents for members and new members:
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Karate Clothing & Equipment
Karate Gi (Suit)
Karate Belts
IKC Equipment List
Personalised Clothing and Equipment
Ordering Clothing & Equipment
A Karate Gi is required for training and can be obtained from the club instructor. All our Karate Suits come ready with the IKC Badge embroidered onto the left chest of the jacket. (no stitching required)
Because childrens’ bodies are proportionatly different to an adult, Gis for children are cut differently. When getting a new Gi for children, it’s wise to get one that is a little bigger than fitting perfectly. This will allow for some growth of the child.
Belts are available at every grading. If successful, you can get your new coloured belt from the in structor.
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IKC and the IKC Logo, are embroidered on all Sweatshirts, Jogging /Tracksuit Bottoms, Kit Bags, Caps and Tee Shirts along with your NAME. This is included in the cost of the item.
All items in the above list can be purchased from your Club Instructor. Ask for an ORDER FORM (also available on this site - Documents & Policies page) complete the order and hand to your Club Instructor. You can pay in advance or when you recieve your items. Other Karte equipment, not on the above list, can be obtained for you on request.
Chief IKC Instructor/Coach Profile
Lesley Darrington (Constable) BA (Hons) 6th Dan Wado-Ryu
Karate Achievements
Main Karate Titles
Major Titles and Medals including THREE World titles; 18 British and 6 English Titles .
Sensei Lesley has been practising Karate since she was 12 years old. She has a: BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies and a teaching qualification. City & Guilds Certificate in Recreation & Leisure (level 3 with distinction) Commendation for Bravery Award as a Met Police Officer and an Honours Award for achieving Top Marks in Policing exams. She is a Metropolitan Police Trainer and achieved an Honours Awards for gaining top marks in A Qualified Youth Worker
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London Borough Barking and Dagenham ‘Coach of the Year 2002’ London Borough Redbridge ‘Sports Person of the Year’ (1994 & 1999) British Universities Karate Championships 1999 Competitor of tournament award Combat Magazine ‘Competitor of the Event Award’ (English Karate Championships 1993) Professional Sports Coach
6 th Dan Wado–Ryu and 1 st Dan Shotkan
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Senior IKC Instructor/Coach Profile
Colin Constable BA (Hons) 4th Dan Wado-Ryu
Karate Achievements
Main Karate Titles Many Club and Association competition successes including the following:
Sensei Colin has been practising Karate for over forty years He has a: BA (Hons) QTS (First) D & Technology Advanced Certificate in Education Research (Cambridge) Advanced GNVQ Leisure and Tourism (with Distinction) YMCA Qualified Fitness Trainer Qualified Youth Worker
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1986 BMAF Open Championships Kumite - Gold Medal 1987 BMAF Open Championships Kumite - Gold Medal 1988 BOSKF Open Championships Kumite - Silver Medal 1988 Bavarian Shotkan Cup Kumite - Silver Medal 1990 Rangahir Invitation Kumite - Silver Medal, Team Kumite - Silver Medal 1991 Uxbridge Invitation Championships Kumite - Silver Medal, Team Kumite - Gold Medal
London Borough Barking and Dagenham ‘Coach of the Year 2000’ England and British Referee Professional Sports Coach
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