Ma-Ku Sho Freestyle Karate Training

Training takes place every Monday evening. There are three classes:

  • 18:30 - 19:30 Age 5 to 8
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Age 7 to 16
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Age 13 to Adult

The lessons generally start with a warm up, stretching exercises and team games. This may be followed by some strengthening exercises moving on to kata, kihon, sparring, weapons, throws / break falls and self defence techniques etc.

The main things we train in at Ma-Ku Sho Freestyle Karate are:

  • Kihon - Basics
  • Kihon Ido - Moving Basics
  • Kata - Forms
  • Kumite - Sparring
  • Weapons
  • Self Defence and Restraint

Lessons are taught specifically with the children's development in mind. Higher grades are expected to do more than the lower grades, who are expected to do more than the beginners. As the children progress though the grades, their confidence and ability increases significantly. This is evident in the students who have been attending the class for over a year. Students who have been training for over two years regularly help with the teaching of newer students. All children are expected to behave in a sensible manner during the class in order to reduce the risk of injury to one another.

Discipline and respect for others are important when training in karate so this is introduced at a very early stage.

Kihon - Basics

Basic techniques are initially taught with the student standing still. They start with learning how to use various parts of the hand to strike effectively and progress to include basic kicks. In addition a series of blocks are taught to provide defence for the head, torso and legs.

Kihon Ido - Moving Basics

When students are experienced with basic techniques they are taught how to implement them on the move. This forms the foundation of kata techniques.

Kata - Forms

Kata's are predefined sequences of combinations involving both attacking and defensive movements against imaginary oponents. Kata's are traditional karate forms many of which date back hundreds of years into history. They teach students how to combine and use techniques in a fluent and effective manor.

Kumite - Sparring

Sparring consists of light one on one short duration fights. These may involve just the use of arms, or legs or both. Strinct rules are enforced to enforce discipline and prevent any injuries. Sparring gives the student opportunities to practice techniques in a controlled environment.


Weapons such an nunchaku have training analogues which are lighter and covered in foam. These allow students to gain experience before moving on to the real thing. As well as nunchaku students will have an opportunity to learn:

  • Bo staff
  • Escrima sticks
  • Sai
  • Tonfa
  • Bokken

Self Defence and Restraint

A wide range of self defence techniques are taught at the club. These include:

  • Knife defence
  • Breaking free from an attacker
  • Pressure points
  • Effective strikes
  • Break falls