The Swindon Shotokan Karate-do Club was founded in 1995 and after the closure of the Walcot Dome, moved to St Joseph's Catholic College in 2010.
There have been some changes over the years but the club continues to teach traditional martial arts with its basis in Shotokan Karate. It was renamed the Genjitsu Karate Kai(reality karate club) in 2006 to capture more accurately the philosophy of the training.
The standards set by ourselves, the British Combat Association and the World Combat Associations (Our parent bodies) remain high in the onslaught of watered down martial arts and martial art/fitness hybrids that are so commonly advertised nowadays
The club recognises that many of the 'martial arts' clubs today are becoming nothing more than glorified aerobics or competition based training regimes with no thought about whether the skills learned could be useable in actual combat. At the club we strive to give you a good basis of skills both physical and mental that will be useable in a real encounter if you are attacked.
We accept children from 7+ depending on their attention span and behaviour, there is no upper limit and both sexes are catered for. Obviously a level of fitness is useful for martial arts training but this can improve over time as will your technique.
We are happy to accept complete novices or people who have trained in the martial arts before. We also are happy for people to attend our classes from other clubs who may want to add an element of realism training that they may be missing.