St. Michael's Karate Club

The family friendly independent karate club for 30 years



Reference & Training Information


Karate Terminology
A Japanese to English reference guide to karate terminology

Japanese Counting

Learn how count in Japanese

Shitoryu/Shukokai Basic Stances

Learn the basic stances used in Shitoryu/Shukokai karate

Standard Stance & Cat Stance 

An explanation of the dimensions and feet positions of these two stances

Shitoryu/Shukokai Karate Basic Combinations 

Learn the combinations required for your grading

Punching In Standard Stance 

Use this guide to improve your punching in standard stance

Grading Information

Belt Colours and Grades

Know what grade a student is by the colour of the belt they wear

Shitoryu/Shukokai Karate Grading Syllabus

A complete reference to grading requirements for each grade you attempt

Which Kata Do I Need For My Grading?

Guide to knowing which kata you need fro your grading

Self Defence

Self Defence - you and the law - Use of Force

Know your rights under UK law when defending yourself against an attack

The Seven Principals of Self Defence

An invaluable guide to dealing with an attack


World Karate Federation (WKF) Competition Rules - effective 1.1.2017

The latest version of WKF competition rules

Updated 6th February 2017