Chris Lewis started his career in Karate at the Poole Sports Centre in 1981. Chris trained with some of the top Martial Arts instructors in England and continued on his journey of karate until achieving the grade of Second Dan and it was at this point that he decided to open his own club called North Dorset Karate, which was formed in April 1991 at the Blandford Leisure Centre.
After obtaining his 3rd Dan grade in December 1993, Chris decided to join the Amateur Martial Association, a large National organisation affiliated to the English Karate Governing Body. More recently North Dorset Karate has joined MAIUK (Martial Arts Independent UK).
This is a local organisation which operates a 'No Politics Policy', which gives us the freedom to attend more courses and competitions.
On 1st March 2018, Chris decided that it would be an appropriate time to change the name of the club and North Dorset Karate became 'Minami Kaigan Karate UK'. The reason for the change was because the original name no longer suited the geography of the clubs. We still have a club in Blandford but now we also have 2 clubs in Poole. The translation from Japanese of the new name is 'South Coast Karate UK'. This suited the location of the clubs much better.
Training is based on the traditional style of Wado-Ryu, which was developed in Okinawa decades ago. The only changes made to the traditional teachings are personal interpretation.
Students who train on a regular basis can expect to benefit in a multitude of different ways, ranging from improvements in fitness, stamina, co-ordination, balance, and flexibility. More importantly you would be learning many aspects of self-defence, which greatly improves personal confidence.
There are no set programmes per lesson for teaching in the club, although there is a natural progression by working to the pre-determined syllabus sheets. Each student would learn the basic techniques for their particular grade and a Kata, both of which become progressively more difficult as they move up through the belts. During this time, some students show an interest in competition work, which can be for Kata or Kumite. Competitions are not obligatory but they provide a wealth of experience for the competitors.
By working through the Basics, Kata, Kumite, Pairs work and Kihons, you will receive a full and rounded training programme covering all aspects of Karate.
Karate is an ideal sport all ages, regardless of age, sex or strength. There has always been a stigma attached to the sport, that it is very aggressive and mainly aimed at violent males. This could not be further from the truth, in fact, you are more likely to receive injuries from playing football or hockey.
It has also been proved that aggressive people training in martial arts, become more passive, whereas those inclined to be passive, become more confident. These are some of the additional benefits of Karate.