The meaning of the grades

The meaning of the grades Dan grades were introduced to Japan in the Tokugawa court – but they were not for martial arts initially. They were for Ikebana and Go (flower arranging and boardgame). They were based on a courtly system of levels dating back to the Chinese Northern Wei Dynasty (circa 220AD) when Chen Qun[…]

Wille Lim

Sharing happy times training with my teacher and friend Willie Lim at Myrtle Beach South Carolina. 22 years of friendship and training with this truly remarkable teacher who has transformed our understanding of the martial arts. Sharon, our children including the Shizendo martial arts family of students are thinking of you Willie. Hope you fully[…]

What is the Meaning of Zen?

What is the Meaning of Zen? by Rafael Espericueta The word Zen has become part of the English language, but what exactly does it mean?  It’s much easier to answer the question “When is Zen?”, for that answer would have to be “Now!”.  The whole point of Zen practice is to become fully aware, here[…]

the origins of karate ranks

How the masters got their ranks: the origins of karate ranks How the master got their ranks: the origins of karate ranks. Throughout the course of our karatedo training, we take for granted the grading system that awards our belt ranking and titles. Sometimes this system is manifestly personal, with the headmaster–and only he–bestowing each[…]

Escrima and Knife

The Escrima system now is up and running which will include the knife section coupled with also the hand drills section. Shendo Martial Arts is looking for between ten and twenty students to start training in this system, many of the concepts and principles of this system cross reference to the Karate practices.  If you[…]

The New Data Protection Act

The New Data Protection Act In line with this act, please note the following 1. Shi Kon and Shizendo Martial Arts currently holds the information you entered on the Application Form when first applying for membership. This includes – name, address, date of birth, email address, telephone number and Martial Arts taught. 2. These details[…]

Weapons Course 3rd June

 ShiZenDo weapons  Kobudo Training Session Sunday 3rd June 2018   10 am – 1 pm The weapon session will cover Tonfa (side handled baton) and Escrima Stick plus introduction to the Sai . Students will be divided into two groups to focus on one weapon for the training session thus covering two weapons for this[…]

First Aid Course 29th April

Please see club instructor for the first aid course who holds the application forms and make payment. First Aid Course 29TH April 2018 Community Centre, Worcester Close, Istead Rise Gravesend Kent, DA13 9LB 9.30am to 5.00pm Cost £35.00    Cheques made payable to Kobudo Supplies Name…………………………………………………………………. Emergency First Aid Training Courses: Our Emergency First Aid at[…]