When COVID-19 hit, martial arts were affected with numerous clubs closing. Ruddington has remained strong and, over the past few years, seen numbers return. From 2021, when restrictions relaxed, we could get back to normal training, to the extent of being able to arrange Black Belt gradings.
This past year has been particularly good for Ruddington Shotokan Karate Club, which is affiliated to the Federation of English Karate Organisations (F.E.K.O.) and a member of Community Shotokan Karate. The Club has been established in Ruddington for over 30 years.
In November 2022, a father and son, Maan and Zade Alkabaz, graded to Nidan (2nd Dan) and 2023 has seen the promotion of Philip Brooks to 5th Dan and Kevin Rowley to 4th Dan. Also this year, three students, Sean and Dillon Robinson (father and son), and Kate Revell passed their Black Belts in front of the F.E.K.O Chairperson.
The Chief Instructor of Community Shotokan Karate was also promoted to 7th Dan. This is a great testament to the way we train to maintain high standards, as the final decision was made by the Chairperson of F.E.K.O.
We’re a family orientated club, which allows parents and siblings to participate without feeling overwhelmed. Instructors will explain all the basic exercises and techniques needed to enable you to prepare for gradings.
Everyone can benefit from karate training, so if you`d like to try it out, please get in touch via our website: https://ruddington-shotokan-karate-club.business.site/.