Karate Lessons

If you are based in and around Norwich Norfolk and would like to try Shotokan Karate then we have the perfect solution, we have a dojo, based in Norwich and have lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Even if you are completely new to karate or an experienced Karateka you are more than welcome to train, to start you off we are offering two free karate lessons, that way you can see if karate is right for you.

Norfolk Karate BadgeThe Club is affiliated to Satori Martial Arts Lowestoft and trains under the name of Norfolk Karate. for more details, location and prices click HERE

Norfolk Karate is a Traditional Shotokan Karate club which is ideal for all ages, karate is a very complex sport and we recognise that not everyone has the same physical ability, so we make sure each student is graded on their own ability.

Come along and see us at www.norfolkkarate.co.uk 

Frank Brennan

Frank Brennan, is a Shotokan karateka born on the 6th of May 1960 in the City of Liverpool. He was a British karate champion in the 1970s and ’80s, winning a wide variety of titles both as an individual and as part of the KUGB team. He remains a well known and well respected KUGB instructor and coach.

Always sport-oriented, Brennan took up gymnastics while at school. At the age of twelve he tried to join the Red Triangle Karate Club, but he was told to go and join the judo club for a year because he was too young. He started to train at the club in 1973 under the tuition of Andy Sherry and KUGB chief instructor Keinosuke Enoeda.

His competition career began in 1974 when he competed in the KUGB Northern Regional Championships as a 4th kyu, entering and winning the junior kata event. His introduction to kumite was even more dramatic; in 1975, while fighting for the Red Triangle team, Bob Poynton broke his leg in one of the matches. The team had no reserves, so the young Brennan, now a brown belt who had only entered the kata event, was suddenly in the final of the team kumite event against Leeds. He fought one of Leeds’ most experienced fighters, Andy Harris, and decisively beat him with a fast mawashi geri combination to achieve a Red Triangle win.

His first international appearance was with the KUGB squad in the European Championships in Sweden in 1978, where he came 2nd in the senior kata event. In Belgium the following year he won the Grand Championship of Europe, taking both kumite and kata events, later repeating this feat on three occasions.

As a fighter he is equally at home using hands or feet, often surprising opponents with dynamic combinations of the more unusual hand or foot techniques. He has been described as the most technically gifted karateka of his generation, combining an exciting fighting style with a calm demeanor.As a senior member of the KUGB International Squad a highlight of his career was leading his team to victory in the 1990 World Shotokan Championships in Sunderland. He is held in great respect internationally – in an interview at the World Championships, the Japanese team coach, ex-world Champion Masahiko Tanaka said that the one man that the whole Japanese Team were specifically trained to beat was Frank Brennan.

About Karate GB

Karate GB has been designed to help students improve their Karate skills, we are always adding videos, information, and products to help learning karate easier and more fun.

Over the years we have listened to students and have tried to add things to the website that will be of assistance. Karate brings amazing  benefits to all those who practice it. In a world with little emphasis placed on respect, discipline and commitment, Karate offers a way of life that is invaluable to both participants and society as a whole.

Karate was developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom prior to its 19th century annexation by Japan. It was brought to the Japanese mainland in the early 20th century during a time of cultural exchanges between the Japanese and the Ryukyuans. In 1922 the Japanese Ministry of Education invited Gichin Funakoshi to Tokyo to give a karate demonstration. In 1924 Keio University established the first university karate club in Japan and by 1932, major Japanese universities had karate clubs.

In this era of escalating Japanese militarism, the name was changed from 唐手 (“Chinese hand”) to 空手 (“empty hand”) – both of which are pronounced karate – to indicate that the Japanese wished to develop the combat form in Japanese style.After the Second World War, Okinawa became an important United States military site and karate became popular among servicemen stationed there.

Karate in the United Kingdom

In the 1950s and 1960s, several Japanese karate masters began to teach the art in the United Kingdom. In 1965, Tatsuo Suzuki began teaching Wadō-ryū in London. In 1966, members of the former British Karate Federation established the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) under Hirokazu Kanazawa as chief instructorand affiliated to JKA. Keinosuke Enoeda came to England at the same time as Kanazawa, teaching at a dojo in Liverpool. Kanazawa left the UK after 3 years and Enoeda took over. After Enoeda’s death in 2003, the KUGB elected Andy Sherry as Chief Instructor. Shortly after this, a new association split off from KUGB, JKA England.

An earlier significant split from the KUGB took place in 1991 when a group lead by KUGB senior instructor Steve Cattle formed the English Shotokan Academy (ESA). The aim of this group was to follow the teachings of Taiji Kase, formerly the JKA chief instructor in Europe, who along with Hiroshi Shirai created the World Shotokan Karate-do Academy (WKSA), in 1989 in order to pursue the teaching of “Budo” karate as opposed to what he viewed as “sport karate”. Kase sought to return the practice of Shotokan Karate to its martial roots, reintroducing amongst other things open hand and throwing techniques that had been side lined as the result of competition rules introduced by the JKA. Both the ESA and the WKSA (re-named the Kase-Ha Shotokan-Ryu Karate-do Academy (KSKA) after Kase’s death in 2004) continue following this path today.

In 1975 Great Britain became the first team ever to take the World male team title from Japan after being defeated the previous year in the final.

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