From Our Editors
Teaching traditional karate for over ten years, Matsuri Dojo Karate School takes pride in the knowledge of martial arts they hold. The style of karate practiced is Shorin-ryu which is traditional karate in which the students are taught self-protection skills. The establishment has an atmosphere of respect, discipline and etiquette. All the teachers are black belt in karate and have attended courses in child protection, emergency first aid, break falls and effective warm up/stretching. All black belt students are offered the chance to partake in these courses and teacher training so that they themselves can teach the discipline of karate. There are a nearly forty students who have achieved a black belt under instruction at Matsuri Dojo. The Dojo offers a free introductory lesson, after which attendees are given their training uniform and a free training session in a beginners class. There are a variety of training programs where one can either pay per session of monthly. There are classes held nearly every day which range across difficulty levels (organised by the color of the belt an individual has received) and age group (child and adult). There are also female only classes available. During a normal lesson, individuals can expect to be taught basic techniques (Kihon Waza), blocking techniques (Uke Waza), patterns of fighting skills (Kata) and sparring (Kumite). There is also the option to partake in Kobudo classes, which is the practice of karate with weapons, for all age groups.