Temple FREESTYLE KARATE & Self Defence
By Instructor Steve Prentice, 2nd Dan
Many clubs have a syllabus that is rigid and remains true to its form – over many years these techniques have been honed and perhaps ‘tweaked’ slightly, but on the whole remain unchanged. I am not for a minute saying that this is wrong, however my aim behind this style is to allow the syllabus to grow and be changed, to adapt as time and techniques move on and develop.
While the core of Temple is Karate based, there is heavy emphasis on self-defence – break away techniques and real life scenario training.
Temple Freestyle Karate & Self Defence have opted to go back to basics. The idea behind this club came from talking to many colleagues with whom I have trained alongside over the years. Discussions always revolved around the same subjects: a club with good ethos, team mentality (no ego’s), wanting to improve together and share knowledge. Blending fitness, esprit de corps, with a sound Martial Arts base but incorporating many practical defence skills. The criteria being that techniques are simple to teach, easy to learn, easy to remember and quick to apply.
In reality, time is of the essence, quick impact techniques – whether they be a break away / run away, or simply striking first (in the right place). Sometimes, attack really is the best form of defence. If one feels immediately under threat, a pre-emptive strike is permitted, providing it is proportionate and justifiable.
So I found myself thinking, why not start my own club. Based around the key basic elements of Karate, adding in basic defence techniques geared around typical scenarios, throw in fitness, sparring drills and free form light defence work and I found I had the core of a syllabus. A big - and I think – key difference, is that this syllabus can and will evolve over time, allowing development where it matters.
You, the student will be part of a club affiliated with an organisation that aims to promote keen Martial Artists to develop within a club or create their own. The Independent Martial Arts Sports Association (IMASA) have supported me in creating what I believe to be an effective syllabus. My previous Martial Arts history has been verified and syllabus scrutinized to ensure what I am promoting is fit for purpose, teaches key skills and allows you to develop and progress towards your black belt.
Temple FSK will actively promote evolution within the syllabus, giving students the opportunity to help develop an ever evolving club – while maintaining our ethos.
Welcome to our club. You can view the full syllabus here >
‘The best of men is like water. Water gives benefit to all things and does not compete with them’
Extract from the Tao Teh Ching
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We are delightedto be running the anti-bullying program at Temple FSK courtesy of MAAB http://donewithbullying.com/
We are very proud to have visited lighthouse Womens Aid centre, along with 3 of our students to talk about what we do at the club and how training helps in more ways than just self defence. We look forward to more work with Lighthouse in the future.