What you will Learn:
 In today’s society Karate is learnt for many different reasons. Some students learn for the traditional aspect, its history and techniques.  Others learn for the competition and the sporting factor. Some want to learn a form self defence. Whilst others simply want to develop new friendships whilst doing something they love.
At Tora you will learn the following techniques; punching, kicking, blocking, striking, combining, self defence, Kata and sparring.
It is important that a Karate students understand that achievement depends on the effort and commitment that is placed into each lesson.  A student will not become a black belt overnight, however with hard work and dedication you will achieve the goal that you set for yourself.

The Meaning of Tora Shintai Karate-Do:

 tiger (courage, great warrior and patience)


movement, course of action, advance and ultimate truth


empty hand wayKarate is open to all ages.


Our Karate classes are designed to cater for the following age categories;

3 to 5 year olds (pre-schoolers & Kinder) - Tigger
a half an hour class designed to improve; fine gross motor skills, coordination, balance and self confidence. The first 15 minutes are spent on development skills and the final 15 minutes on the very basic fundamentals of Jnr Shotokan Karate.


5 to 11 year olds (year's 1 to year's 6) - Cubs
a sixty minute class designed to teach our youngsters the fundamentals of Karate through small goals and high achievement. The Cubs are taught; traditional Shotokan Karate, Stranger Danger Awareness and Anti-Bullying Tactics.


12 years and above (High Schoolers and Adults)
a sixty minute class focused on all the traditional teachings of Shotokan Karate. The Senior students are taught; self defence, Shotokan fundamentals and so much more.


What is Karate?

Karate is a Japanese martial art whose physical aspects seek the development of defensive and counter attacking body movements. The themes of traditional karate training are fighting and self-defense, though its mental and moral aspects target the overall improvement of the individual. This is facilitated by the discipline and persistent effort required in training. If karate had to be described in only one sentence, then the most suitable one may arguably be

"You never attack first in karate."

This is a a maxim of Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), the Okinawan who brought karate to Japan in 1922, and who is accepted as the father of modern karate.
The word karate is a combination of two kanji (Chinese characters): kara, meaning empty, and te, meaning hand; thus, karate means "empty hand." Adding the suffix "-dō" (pronounced "daw"), meaning "the way/path," karate-dō, implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defense applications. In traditional karate-dō, one is supposed to compete and strive to excel against him/herself.




Dojo Kun

Hitotsu! Jinkaku kansei ni tsutomuru koto! (Seek perfection of character!)

Hitotsu! Makoto no michi o mamoru koto!

(Be faithful!)
Hitotsu! Doryoku no seishin o yashinau koto! (Endeavor!)
Hitotsu! Reigi o omonzuru koto! (Respect others!)
Hitotsu! Kekki no yu o imashimuru koto! (Refrain from violent behavior!)