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What being a Black Belt means
So, you’ve become a black belt, what next?  A black belt is known as Sho-dan, literally ‘first level’.  It’s the beginning of your life long study in karate and martial arts.  It’s an achievement that you should be proud of, however nothing changes.&nbsp...
Is Martial Arts suitable for women
Yes, is the short answer.  As a woman who has been training for over 25 years, and achieved 4th Dan in 2020, I can confidently say that learning karate has been one of the best sports and exercise I’ve done. There are various reasons why any of us start learning a new skill, you may want...
Get Active at work
I worked in an office environment for over 30 years, even though I felt like I was forever up and down out of my chair it wasn’t until I wore a step tracker that I realised this movement didn’t result in me taking many steps during the day!  There have been many studies done which ...
Bonsai Chi Get Active Campaign
Join us for our Bonsai Chi ‘Get Active’ campaign, learning a different exercise drill each weekday.  Every Bonsai Chi drill focuses on one benefit, however often improves several of them simultaneously.  Performing it several times throughout the day improves our memory retenti...
Correct your posture
How often do you think about your posture?  It affects our overall wellbeing in so many ways, however we unconsciously do things which results in bad posture. The increase in technology means we don’t have to move as much, who remembers having to get up out of the chair to turn the telly...
Bonsai Chi Daily Exercise Tips & Tricks #3
Improve hand-eye co-ordination A short gentle, low-impact exercise routine, improving hand-eye co-ordination and flexibility of your hands.  You don’t require much room, it can be done standing on the spot or sitting on a chair. Pop some relaxing music on and allow your mind to relax an...
What does Self-Protection mean
Self-defence or Self-protection, is there a difference and does it matter what we call it?  Everyone you ask has a different view, it’s not that one person is correct and the other wrong, we just interpret it in different ways.   The self-protection courses I hold are designed t...
Why we use stances
If someone asked you what stances you adopt in a day you’d probably answer ‘none’.  It’s not a formal term we tend to think of in our everyday movement, however we’re using them all the time. One of the first words you’ll hear when training karate or Bonsai ...
Bonsai Chi Daily Exercise Tips & Tricks #2
Gently flex your body A short gentle whole body, low-impact exercise routine, refreshing and re-energising yourself.  You don’t require much room, it can be done standing on the spot or sitting on a chair. Pop some relaxing music on and allow your mind to relax and calm, enjoying the fe...
What benefits do children gain from Karate?
Loads!  We all know the benefits gained from exercise, physically, mentally and emotionally.  Children gain the same benefits, from burning up energy to socialising with a different group; being part of a karate club offers all these plus many more. Personal development and social interac...
Understanding Bonsai Chi
Bonsai Chi is gentle, low-impact, whole body exercises, designed to improve your balance, flexibility and overall wellness.  The movements are designed to develop an understanding of how to control your body movements. Understanding where our body weight is, apportioning it correctly whilst we...
I haven’t got time to exercise
Introducing an exercise regime can be challenging, at any time.  I started Wado Ryu karate training at 13, and consistently trained 2, sometimes 3 nights a week, throughout school life and when I started full-time work at 16.  Even though I maintained this regime, changing jobs and moving ...
Why do we practise kata?
Kata is a set series of moves, involving different techniques and stances.  Within the traditional Wado Ryu karate style there are 15 kata’s that are practised in most schools.  Kata allows us to practise fundamental techniques and stances, as well improving our physical conditioning...
FAQ Karate
Do I need previous martial arts experience? No.  Everyone is welcome, whether you have previous experience of Wado Ryu or not.  You just need to be willing to learn and practise. Do I have to be sporty and fit? No.  You will gain many fitness benefits during your training however i...
FAQ Bonsai Chi
Do I need to be sporty and fit? No.  You go at your own pace and the exercises can be varied to suit you.  For example, we put our arms forward at head height, if this causes discomfort in your shoulders then you lower it and put them forward at chest height.  You’ll soon find ...
Challenges Faced in 2020
With the restrictions placed on us in March, my physical Bonsai Chi and Wado Ryu classes were instantly stopped.  Having never done any form of exercise online I was nervous about doing anything, and really wasn’t sure how to go about it. I spent a lot of time on internet search engines ...
How Do You Walk?
When I say to new members ‘walk forwards and backwards slowly’, they tend to give me the ‘I’ve been walking for a long time, why do you want me to do it in an exercise class?’ look! Walking is a skill we learn, normally as a toddler, as we grow and develop it happens w...
Benefits of Bonsai Chi
We all know exercise is good for us, finding the right one for what we’re trying to achieve can be difficult. Each exercise offers different benefits, below are some details why Bonsai Chi is beneficial for us. Gentle flowing exercise encourages you to move parts of your body you wouldn't nor...
Benefits of Karate Training
One of the benefits I’ve gained from my martial arts is learning the ability to switch off from everything else and concentrate solely on my training.  It’s all absorbing and as you bow into the dojo you have to leave any problems at the door. Not focusing completely and allowing o...
Why I Love Karate
I was very sporty at school and did most activities, I didn't really know much about karate so it wasn't on my list of things I wanted to do.  My younger brother decided he wanted to go as his friend was doing it, so my mum told me I had to go with him! I can still remember my first class, the...
Why did I start Bonsai Chi?
Having been karate training since I was 13 I often spoke of a dream of leaving my ‘day job’ and setting up a martial arts school. What shape and what it would be I could never define, however I always wanted to be able to provide the enjoyment and benefits I’ve gained to others. D...

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