Barnsley Shotokan Karate Club is a member of the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain), which is the largest single karate organization in the United Kingdom. The club was first formed in 1975 by the current instructor Mick Padgett, who started training in 1970 and has produced numerous black belts many who are still training today.
Structure of the KUGB
The KUGB - Karate Union of Great Britain - is a democratic body controlled by its membership and operates under an approved constitution. All positions on its committees are elected at the Annual General Meeting by its members. Its fully audited accounts are presented annually for approval by the AGM.
It is affiliated to European (ESKA) and World (WSKA) Shotokan Karate Bodies. It has clubs established in many Sports Centres, Universities and Schools.
It is affiliated to Karate England, a multi-style body which represents many of England's most senior Karateka of other styles.
The KUGB has currently around 7,000 male and female members of all ages, several hundred of whom enjoy special Long-Standing Membership status, having trained with the KUGB for between twenty and forty five years.
Can anyone train with BARNSLEY SKC (KUGB)
Karate can be practiced by men, women and children. Our students range from the young - 7 is the youngest age we accept at our club because of insurance restrictions - to senior citizens. Anyone who is in reasonable health can train at Karate. Karate students will improve their health, self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. Parents and teachers continually report on the improvement in the behaviour of children who train regularly at KUGB clubs. This is because of our disciplined training structure and the emphasis placed on on the Do, the behaviour aspect mentioned later.
The costs of training with BARNSLEY SKC (KUGB)
Karate is a reasonably inexpensive pursuit. Barnsley SKC (KUGB) club fees are low compared to many other sports and hobbies. The main equipment needed is a Karate suit (a gi) and belt (obi). Members also need to purchase an annual KUGB licence.
Benefits of KUGB Membership
KUGB members enjoy many benefits, including the following:
FREE Instructors' Courses
FREE Black and Brown Belt Courses
FREE Referees' and Judges' Courses
FREE Squad Courses
FREE Travel and accommodation for the International Squads when competing abroad
plus: Free and subsidised all-grade courses
Subsidised Regional and National Championships
The KUGB is fortunate to have many members with professional qualifications in areas such as:
Karate and Martial Arts History
Health and Safety
Management in public and private sector
- and these members volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that the KUGB has all appropriate policies and structures in place to enable it to run in a professional way to the benefit of its membership.
The KUGB has worked with many establishment bodies over the years to develop standards and guidelines to help ensure that its instructors teach in a safe and professional manner. These include:
An instructor Qualification programme approved by the Open College Network
Tailored First Aid guidelines approved by the Red Cross
Guidelines for Teaching Children developed with the Child Protection in Sport Unit
A Karate syllabus for GCSE and A/AS level in Physical Education approved by the AQA, Edexcel and OCR Examining Boards
An approved facility for its members to be CRB checked
An approved kitemark for clubs - currently being developed through Karate England
The benefits of Karate training with the KUGB
The physical training required to reach a high level of skill in Karate promotes overall good health, fitness and well-being, The concentration, commitment and dedication required, help build a strong, confident and determined character. There is a "Dojo Kun", or training code, which not only ensures a disciplined training environment, but serves as a tool for improving behaviour, so that a true Karateka will make every endeavour to avoid violent conflict.
What is involved in KUGB KARTE traininG AT BARNSLEY SKC
There are two aspects to the practice of Karate, Karate Jitsu and Karate Do.
Jitsu is the physical aspect, the practice of the blocks, punches and kicks etc.
Do is the cultural aspect and concerns the development of character in areas such as self-discipline, self-control, self-confidence and respect for oneself and others.
The Jitsu, physical training, is structured into three main sections - Kihon (fundamental techniques), Kata (formal exercises) and Kumite (sparring). Each section has a range of complexity to suit the different levels or grades of students. Kumite will be introduced as basic blocking and counter-attacking, but will progress to free-sparring which develops the timing, reflexes and co-ordination necessary for self defence and competition.
Barnsley SKC (KUGB) also puts great emphasis on the Do aspect, and always aims to produce students who have high standards in both these areas.
KUGB Sensei (instructors)
Barnsley SKC is a member of the KUGB, our club is under the instruction of qualified Black Belts who are provided with the opportunity to attend free training courses dealing with all aspects of Karate and other skills such as first-aid, club administration, instruction skills (for all levels and ages), nutrition, anatomy and flexibility. There is an Instructor Qualification Programme where Instructors are assessed by KUGB Assessors of 4th Dan and above. Standards are maintained by the KUGB Technical Committee whose members range from 6th to 9th Dans.
BARNSLEY SKC (KUGB) gradings
Barnsley SKC (KUGB) students are entitled to take grading examinations after set periods of training. The gradings are conducted by appointed Senior KUGB Examiners; this helps maintain a uniform National standard and allows our club instructors to interact with the most Senior KUGB Karateka. There is a grading syllabus for all levels.
There are nine grades below Black Belt, known as Kyu grades with 9th Kyu, orange belt, being the lowest and 1st Kyu, brown with white, the highest, and with various coloured belts used to denote the grades between.
Achieving a KUGB Black Belt
There are 10 levels of Black belt or Dan grades, starting at 1st Dan. Students can achieve 1st Dan standard in 3 to 4 years, with regular training and instruction. It then takes a minimum of 2 more years to achieve 2nd Dan, 3 years to 3rd Dan etc - which means that all Technical Committee members of the KUGB - all 7th Dan and above - have over 40 years Karate experience.
Karate is an exciting and challenging sport. The KUGB has competed Internationally since 1968 and has achieved numerous World and European titles in both team and individual events. There are club and Regional events for all ages and grades, with opportunities for selection to the KUGB English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish and British Squads. There are separate championships for children and for students who are in full-time education at Colleges and Universities.
In 1968, the KUGB Chief Instructor Andy Sherry became the first All-style European Champion and later that year was selected to represent Great Britain as part of a European team which competed in a demonstration match against Japan at the Olympic Games in Mexico. More recently, he gave a demonstration with members of the KUGB for Lord Seb Coe, Chairman of LOCOG, the Body responsible for the organisation of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The KUGB Squads have continued this great tradition by taking numerous European and World team and individual titles over the last forty years - the KUGB England Squad are current ESKA European and WSKA World team champions.
HOW CAN I JOIN THE BARNSLEY SKC
Individuals may become members of the Barnsley Shotokan Karate Club by visiting a training session or by calling Lynn Padgett on 01226 205621. On joining the club you will need to purchase a KUGB licence. Detailed information and a licence application form will be supplied. The licence gives the holder access to KUGB facilities and provides appropriate insurance cover.