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Our Classes

Falmer, University of Brighton

University of Brighton (replaced by zoom training while in tier 4)

Adults (over 18)
Monday: 20:00 - 21:30 (20:00-21:00 for Zoom)
Friday: 19:30 - 21:00 (20:00-21:00 for Zoom)
Falmer Sports Centre
University of Brighton
Village Way
Falmer
Brighton
BN1 9PH
Please note: classes are subject to change during exam and holiday periods
Brighthelm

Brighton Central (replaced by zoom training while in tier 4)

All Ages (4+)
Wednesday: 18:30 - 20:00 (18:30-19:30 for zoom)
Saturday: 09:00 - 10:30 (09:00-10:00 for zoom)
Brighthelm Centre,
North Road
Brighton,
East Sussex,
BN1 1YD
Please note: classes are subject to change during holiday periods

How much?

During Tier 4, so we can support everyone who is struggling, all classes will be via Zoom and will be £2.50 per household.

Our normal fees can be seen below.

We offer the following options for payment of classes:

First class is always free!

Single session: Members £5.50

Monthly standing order: 2 classes per week £40.00

Licence

A licence (£25.00 for new members) is required for insurance and to allow you to grade.

GI ('karate suit'): Lightweight gis are available from club for £15

Mitts (hand protectors): £9.50 (optional)

Groin guard / chest guards / mouth guard: £7.50 - £15.00 (optional)

Training shoes (for COVID-safe training): £18.00

Contact Us

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About Us

Seishin Shotokan Karate Club

Seishin Shotokan Karate Clubs, established 2009 by Sensei Jason Cunningham, is twinned with Ichiban Shotokan Karate Club (Crawley; ichibanskc.com)

Seishin Shotokan Karate Clubs teach a mix of traditional Shotokan karate and self-defence. We are a non-for-profit club that pride ourselves on our fun, yet disciplined, approach to training whilst maintaining our exceptional standards.

Seishin means sprit (as in spirited) in Japanese; a quality we hold in high esteem, the club offers traditional training based on the principles of the "Dojo Kun":

  • Seek perfection of character
  • Be faithful and sincere
  • Cultivate the spirit of effort and perseverance
  • Be respectful and courteous
  • Refrain from impetuous and violent behavior.

In other words, it means that we strive, through regular training, to improve ourselves and learn respect for others. This, in turn, can then be applied to all other areas of life. The "Dojo Kun" is applied in all clubs, so no matter which one you attend; the basic principles are the same. Classes vary in both pace and content, so no matter your age or ability, you should find something that works for you.

Karate

Karate is a system of self-defence and physical culture originally developed and refined in Okinawa and Japan. The word is formed from the Japanese words Kara (empty) and Te (hand), symbolising that its practitioners - Karateka - are unarmed, but use their hands and feet for blocking and striking. Training is conducted within an environment and code based on Japanese cultural practices, which are explained in more detail further on.

There are various styles of Karate and Shotokan is the most widely practiced style in the world. The originator of Shotokan was Gichin Funakoshi, an Okinawan school teacher, who first demonstrated his style of Karate in Japan in 1921. The following year he moved to Japan to teach and was elected honorary Head of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) when it was formed in 1949.

Shotokan

In 1609 Japan invaded Okinawa, and further to the ban on weaponry, placed a ban upon anyone doing martial arts, and so martial arts training became shrouded in secrecy. Over 300 years two styles evolved, Shorin-ryu which developed from Shuri and Tomari and Shorei-ryu which came from Naha.

Gichin Funakoshi was born in 1868 and began studying martial arts at a very young age, under Anko Itosu and Yasutsune Azato. The ban on martial arts still stood, and so Funakoshi would often have lessons with his instructors at night time, so not to be discovered. Tode, the martial arts of Okinawa could also be pronounced 'kara' and Funakoshi gave this the alternative meaning of 'empty' and so his training became known as Karate.

The ban on martial arts was finally lifted in 1902 when Shintaro Ogawa, the Commissioner of Education recommended that martial arts should be included in physical education in the first middle school of Okinawa. This meant that Funakoshi could continue his training in without fear of discovery, and he could now spread the word of his karate.

Funakoshi was invited to Japan in 1922 to give a demonstration of Karate at the First National Athletic Exhibition in Tokyo, after which he decided to remain in Japan to spread the word. It is thanks to his efforts that Karate became part of the school curriculum in Japan.

The style name Shotokan was given to Funakoshi's karate by his students. Shoto was Funakoshi's pen name as a writer, meaning 'pine waves' and Kan means 'school' so those who trained at Funakoshi's 'school' became known as the Shotokan. In 1948 Funakoshi established the Japan Karate Association and he remained the head of the JKA until his death in 1957.

Nakayama was a senior student of the JKA and took over the role of head of the Association. Nakayama began studying Shotokan under Funakoshi Sensei, at Takushoku University in 1932. Now Nakayama is held responsible for the worldwide development of Shotokan Karate. Nakayama developed a way of logically teaching karate. He decided that it was best to devise a way of teaching different abilities easily. He developed the instructor programme and karate's first ever match system.

It is thanks to Nakayama Sensei that karate is as successful a martial art as it is today. Nakayama Sensei passed away in 1987, at the age of 74.

Black belts (Yudansha)

Jason Cunningham

Jason Cunningham

Grade:  Yondan (4th Dan)

Started training: 

Training summary:

Jason Cunningham has been training in Shotokan Karate since 1992, where at the tender of age of 4 he began training with the JKA/KUGB under Sensei Robin and Val Dale in Crawley. Jason achieved his Shodan and Nidan under Enoeda Sensei in 1998 and 2000, and subsequently achieved his Sandan (2009) and Yondan (2018) under the auspices of the KUGB.

Jason is an avid student of karate, over the years he has been fortunate enough to train under some great instructors; Enoeda Sensei, Kanazawa Sensei, Yahara Sensei, Sensei Bob Rhodes, Sensei Billy Higgins, Sensei’s Jimmy and Frank Brennan, Sensei Hartford, Sensei Price and Sensei Maclaren to name a few; and strives to continually learn and evolve his own karate. Jason has a particular interest in oyo bunkai and the utilisation of karate for self defence.

Favourite Technique: Many - Empi (elbow strike), Taisho (tiger Palm), ashai Barai kizamazuke (sweep and snap punch)

Top training tip: Relax! Stop thinking so much! Learn from your mistakes and move forward!

Mike

Mike Barker

Grade:  Sandan (3rd Dan)

Started training: 

Training Summary: I have trained with the following Sensei’s: Enoeda, Kanazawa, Asai, Kagawa, Tabata, Osaka, Tanaka, Yamazaki, Roberts Christopher, Price, Naylor, Hazard, and many more! I regularly train across the country and abroad to share the tips and knowledge I have picked up along the way. I achieved my Sandan in 2013.

Favourite Technique: Uraken uchi followed by Mawashi geri

Top Training Tip: Each technique should be: as strong as an ox, as fast as a cheetah, as light like a feather, as quiet as a mouse, but roar like a lion. Always remember to breathe and keep an open mind in your training.

Ricky

Ricky Bertram

Grade:  Sandan (3rd Dan)

Started training: 

Training Summary: I started training with Go Kan Ryu and achieved Shodan in 2007. I started training with Seishin in 2008, I  achieved my Sandan in 2018.

Favourite Technique: Shuto Uke

Top Training Tip: Don't fear failure; making mistakes is how we learn and improve

Rebecca

Rebecca Cunningham

Grade:  Sandan (3rd Dan)

Started training: 

 

Training Summary: I started training when I was 8 with the British Martial Arts Federation and then joined the Seishin in 2009. I have been on the England squad for Kumite and achieved my Shodan in 2012, Nidan in 2014 and Sandan in 2018.

Favourite Technique: Mawashi geri

Top Training Tip: If you don’t push yourself you will never get better.

Jason Cunningham

Grade:  Yondan (4th Dan)

Started training: 

Shodan: 1998

Nidan: 2000

Sandan: 2009

Yondan: 2018

Mike Barker

Grade:  Sandan (3rd Dan)

Started training: 

Shodan: 2004

Nidan: 2007

Sandan: 2013

Ricky Bertram

Grade:  Sandan (3rd Dan)

Started training: 

Rebecca Cunningham

Grade:  Sandan (3rd Dan)

Started training: 

Shodan: 2012

Nidan: 2014

Sandan: 2018

Petra Lazar

Grade:  Nidan (2nd Dan)

Started training: 

Shodan: 2012

Nidan: 2015

Callum McGuire

Grade:  Nidan (2nd Dan)

Started training: 

Shodan: 2015

Nidan: 2017

James Langley

Grade:  Nidan (2nd Dan)

Started training: 

Shodan: 2015

Nidan: 2017

Paul Locking

Grade:  Shodan (1st Dan)

Started training: 

Shodan: 1998

Nathalie Marron

Grade:  Shodan (1st Dan)

Aaron Jervis

Grade:  Shodan (1st Dan)

Jim Smith

Grade:  Shodan (1st Dan)

Lydia Vadgama

Grade:  Shodan (1st Dan)

Philippa Cunningham

Grade:  Shodan (1st Dan)

Kareem Roshdy

Grade:  Shodan (1st Dan)

Started training: 

Shodan: 2017

Phil Powell

Grade:  Shodan (1st Dan)

Started training: 

Shodan: 2017

Zoe Perry

Grade:  Shodan (1st Dan)

Started training: 

Shodan: 2019

Marianna Southern

Grade:  Shodan (1st Dan)

Started training: 

Shodan: 2019

Gallery

Medal winners from Southern Region Championships

Medal winners from Southern Region Championships

End of year celebrations

End of year celebrations

Training at Cuckfield

Training at Cuckfield

Rebecca at the Southern Championships

Rebecca at the Southern Championships

Out for a meal at Brighton Marina

Out for a meal at Brighton Marina

Training with Sensei Bob Rhodes

Training with Sensei Bob Rhodes

Black belts training with Sensei Bob Rhodes in Brighton

Black belts training with Sensei Bob Rhodes in Brighton

Group social - summer 2016

Group social - summer 2016

Halloween celebrations

Halloween celebrations

New belts

New belts

Outside training in Cuckfield

Outside training in Cuckfield

Cuckfield Mayors Procession

Cuckfield Mayors Procession

Important information regarding COVID-19

Following advice from the Government and the KUGB, Seishin has implemented safety precautions following the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19. Your safety, current and new students, is at the centre of what we do because without you the club would not be what it is today. Therefore, we have set out some precautionary measures of what to expect when coming to the Dojo.

  • If you are feeling unwell, you must not attend training. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you must arrange a test and isolate.
  • There will be temperature checks on arrival. Hand sanitiser will be available and must be used before and after training.
  • The Dojo will be ventilated for safety. There will be an online booking system to ensure the number of students training are safe for the space available.
  • The changing rooms will be shut, so please arrive in your gi and indoor trainers. For new students, please wear comfortable sportswear.
  • It is mandatory to wear a mask whilst arriving for training, you will be told when you can remove them. Please follow the University of Brighton guidelines while on campus.
  • All training will be socially distanced, participants must avoid shouts/kiais.
  • We will be taking a register with contact details to assist the Government’s track and trace.

Whilst these precautions might appear unsettling, the club are implanting them so everyone can enjoy training whilst feeling safe. Seishin will continue to strive for excellence, with your safety being a top priority.