North East Karate Kai

Training and Syllabus

The N.E.K.K is a member of N.A.K.M.A.S

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At the North East Karate Kai you will be taught all aspects of Shotokan karate. You will be taught how to:

  • Block punches and kicks.

  • How to punch and kick the Shotokan way.

  • How to demonstrate and use the applications of Kata.

  • How to fight in competition (Kumite)

  • How to free fight (Sparring, Juyi Kumite)

  • How to complete competition kata.

  • Self defence techniques for a variety of situations including defending against knife attacks etc....

  • Groundwork.

  • A variety of locks and throws.

  • Restraint techniques.

You will be taught many techniques in the line work as a class, also with peers of same grade/ colour belt and in mixed groups of varying grades/ colour belt. As you progress your speed, coordination and power will increase.

Kihon (Basic) Techniques:

  • Basic techniques will be included in nearly all of your lessons. These techniques will start to become more complex and combined as you progress through your grades (belts). As a new starter with no experience you will expect to be repeating these regularly. Again as you progress you will be introduced to many ways of applying these techniques both in class for training purposes and in real life situations.

Renraku Waza (Combination techniques):

  • As stated progress is measured through gradings the higher the grade the more and longer combinations need to be executed.

Geri Waza (Kicking techniques)

  • As part of your training you will be taught a variety of kicking techniques, such as Mae geri (front kicks) mawashi geri (roundhouse kicks and yoki geri (side kicks as well as a range of reverse and back kicks.


  • Kata are preset movements used to train against a number of opponents. Kata is also used for competition and  can look very fluent and stylish as well as been an excellent training medium.


You will be taught a variety of kumite of fighting. You start with:

  • Gohon kumite (5 step sparring) to help with distancing, coordination and timing. This is done using the basic techniques you will have been taught.

  • Sanbon Kumite (3 step sparring). As you progress through the grades 3 step sparring using both single and combination techniques will be introduced. Again increasing timing, coordination, skill and  speed.

  • Jiyu Ippon kumite (1 step sparring). This normally includes one attack being countered and the opponent being finished off in one go (not actually finished off but simulated).

  • Jiyu Kumite (free sparring) This is normally a little more intense with each opponent trying to compete with their techniques for a specified time period (discretion of the instructor). It is used to build up confidence and again timing, speed , power all with control.

  • Competition fighting. This type of fighting can be non-contact, semi-contact or full contact.


  • Grading Syllabus: The grading syllabus is used to teach you a range of techniques that you should be able to do for each particular belt (grade). We will be putting a grading syllabus on the members area shortly!


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