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Zanshin Kai is a Shotokan Karate club offering Karate classes to all ages. Kyoshi Kenneth Davis 7th Dan is the Head Instructor and he has been running the club for over 35 years.
We are affiliated with Traditional Karate Great Britain (TKGB), Jindokai Martial Arts Association and the Scottish Karate Alliance. Sensei Davis is also a fellow of the International Shotokan-ryu Karate -do Shihankai.
All of our instructors have Enhanced Disclosure through Disclosure Scotland. We also adhere to the TKGB, etc. with regards to child protection policy.
Our ethos is to enable students to develop the skills and experience that can lead to effective self-defence techniques. In addition there is an opportunity to compete at local, national and international level.
Karate is an oriental philosophy which can benefit its students not only in the areas of self defence and sport, but importantly on a personal level improving self-confidence and promoting a general sense of well being.
Shotokan karate was developed by Gichin Funakoshi, combining elements from both Shuri te and Naha te styles. Traditional Shotokan training consists of Kihon (basic moves), Kata (set patterns of moves) and Kumite (sparring).
It is generally characterised by deep stances and dynamic, powerful movements. Those who progress to black belt and beyond develop a much more fluid style that also incorporates grappling techniques.
As the most widely practiced style world wide, Shotokan is considered both a traditional and influential form of karate.