A warm welcome from Ronnie, Chris and the rest of the team
New classes resume in the Gannochy Studio on 14/2/12 at 8.00pm - 10.00pm all are welcome to come along and give it a try. The first session is free so what have you to loose, come along and give it a try. No special equipment required just wear something suitable to practice in, any students that require a karate suit can purchase it through the club at reduced prices as with any other equipment. Courses are held over certain weekends and any gradings are free for those in attendance. The university club is run by students for students with a good social side so come along and lend your support whilst enjoying yourself. You can meet representatives of the club at the freshers open day or on a club night where any questions you have can be answered.
Look forward to meeting you
Gannochy Studio Monday & Thursday 8.00pm - 10.00pm
A Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to all & see you next semester
2011 - 2012 Award Winners
Chris Woods Laura Claudia Davis
check out the news page for list of previous award winners
The Club Trains in the Gannochy Studio Monday &
Thursday 8.00pm - 10.00pm. A warm welcome awaits students both old and
new from Ronnie Stuart and Mike Hines who will be your
resident instructors for this year.
Sen-no-kai principles can be looked at within two areas: practical and 'theoretical'. Of course this is all up for debate,
The practical is how we approach our training/practice and the theoretical is how we see the principles of Sen-no-Kai.
Sen-no-Kai insists on mutual respect.
1. Sensie to student, student to student and student to sensei. We bow when we enter or leave the dojo; at the formal start of a class and the final act in the class. We bow before practising with an opponent and when moving on to another partner or part of the practice.
2. We acknowledge the status of the Instructor and will do what the instructor asks, to the best of our ability. If as a member we disagree with an instructors teaching, we should privately question the action later with the instructor during the class, or after but never in front of the class.
3.Sen-no-Kai welcomes members of other martial arts to practice with us but they should remember they are here to practice Sen-no-Kai not their own style unless specifically asked by the instructor.
4. At all times this code of respect will filter through all aspects of the class without it we are nothing more than fighters scrapping.
5. When using weapons the rituals used in lending and taking of a weapon from a partner are crucial for safety even if they seem odd and should be adhered to at all times.
Sen-no-Kai is about the harmony that exists in the battle between one or more opponents and yourself. We aim not to be stronger nor faster nor harder than our opponent and the use of these attributes should be adapted to suit the aims of Sen-no-Kai, not the other way around.
"Outer softness-inner strength."
The main theme that filters through the whole teaching of Sen No kai is one of mental strength, strength through movement, distance, timing and harmony, not muscular strength. We should aim to still and calm the mind and body so that we blend seamlessly with the opponent.
We strive for low posture in practice, even though we recognise this may not be practicable in street scenarios, to be flexible and to project with techniques.
Sen-no-Kai places great emphasis on the three sen timings these can only be achieved by forgetting about oneself and achieving harmony with the opponent. Where there is only one person there is no battle to be won or lost and the mental training to achieve this is just as hard as the physical.
The main battle in Sen-no-Kai is against oneself. We need to push ourselves as best we can.
When using the jo and the bokken we should remember that they are there to help our hand and body movement and to ensure the weapon moves with us, to stay relaxed and flexible and not other way around.
Sen-no-Kai has many dangerous techniques and we stress and teach that power comes with the responsibility inherent in teaching and practicing those techniques and none of our training is to be taken lightly.