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What Is | Dojo Etiquette
What Is | Dojo Etiquette

A dojo is a sacred place and as such demands a high standard of behaviour from students. Each dojo has rules, most of which are modeled on traditional Japanese procedures. Many rules are common sense, and others just plain good manners. Strive to learn these rules and...

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...

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