51+1 Japanese words that will help your karate

51+1 Japanese words that will help your karate

Whether you’re new to karate or still secretly confused by some of the terms, here’s a cheat sheet to give you a warm inner knowing in your next karate class. ENGLISH JAPANESE 1 BASIC KIHON 2 training hall dojo 3 teacher sensei 4 bow rei 5 kneel seiza 6 meditate...
Get your gloves

Get your gloves

There is a great misconception that combat sports are all about aggression and intensity. Of course, these emotions have their place. But the ironic result of my 4-year training journey at Samurai Claremont Boxing Gym has been the calming effect boxing has had on me...
Congratulations! You have been invited to grade

Congratulations! You have been invited to grade

Building a student into a confident black belt is a nuanced journey. It’s not just about how hard the student consistently trains with effort, or how good their form is, or how long they’ve been on a grade. A karate grading is an invitation to assess a student’s...
Who is | Soke Shigeru Kimura

Who is | Soke Shigeru Kimura

Our founder (Soke) Shigeru Kimura was born in Kobe, Japan on 2 March 1941. He began Karate at the age of 16 as a student of Sensei Chojiro Tani (1921-1998). At the age of 21, Kimura won the All Japan Kumite Championship and then repeated this achievement a year later....
Proudly Samurai

Proudly Samurai

We’re honoured to have these exemplary individuals as part of our Samurai Claremont student body. We believe their commitment to their karate – the discipline to keep showing up for training, the determination to improve, the resilience to come back after a grueling...
I heart kata

I heart kata

On Saturday afternoon, in full view of the mountain and curious pedestrians, the Samurai Claremont family gathered on the WPCC field for the first tournament in just under a year. It had been a while since the last regionals or dojo competition, but that same spirit...