West Midlands Biggest Karate Club
Building Confidence and Skills... For life!
Karate improves fitness, co-ordination, flexibility, balance, reflexes, agility and gives the student more confidence, discipline, respect, patience, focus and a better general attitude. There are other benefits that most people don't really think of but are definitely there, like improved social skills and improved listening skills especially in children. This is especially positive for everyone involved when it helps them at school, work and at home. There is also a very social element to our classes and you are sure to make many new friends within just a few lessons!
ZENSHIN MARTIAL ARTS
Classes for Everyone
Our Martial Arts School offers a wide variety of services to all of our students, no matter what their skill level may be. From traditional Karate to modern Self Defence, we’ve got you covered. We understand that each student has a different style and speed of learning, and we aim to accommodate all of our students individually. Take a look at all of our service offerings below.
Junior Leadership Program
We run a comprehensive program to develop any junior student who is interested, in becoming a future leader in both karate and in life generally!
The skills they learn prepare them for assisting in our classes, and also for being more confident in their school and adult lives ahead.
People from across The West Midlands turn to Zenshin Karate when they’re looking for the opportunity to learn and succeed in something new and exciting. With our Karate Classes, you will surely be ahead of the game. Start today on the path to becoming an excellent student by using one of our unique, friendly and comprehensive syllabuses.
Within our exciting Karate classes, students of all ages and abilities have the chance to exercise their mind in ways they never have before. Not only do we teach a traditional Martial Art but we incorporate modern real life self defence into all our lessons (including specific women’s self defence techniques for the ladies) - giving you real world situations and teaching you confidence and the skills to be safe in a fun and easy manner. Learn and have fun all at the same time with Zenshin Karate.
Who We Are
The Zenshin Karate Club was created in January 1998 by Shidoshi Craig Decke (6th Dan black belt) and his wife Desma Decke (3rd Dan black belt). Both are originally from Perth in Western Australia but moved to the UK in 1998. Since then, the club has grown from strength to strength over the years and has become one of the most successful clubs in the West Midlands and is still growing. Zenshin Karate is sanctioned by WUMA (World United Martial Arts) Federation, which means once you are a member, you can train at any of our classes across the world and any grades that you achieve are recognised worldwide.
We have many classes running every week at multiple locations. We are also one of the few clubs in the United Kingdom to offer classes and grading programmes that are designed specifically for students of certain age levels. We have a "Little Dragon's" programme for those who are aged between 4 & 8. We have a "Young Samurai's" programme for those who are aged between 9 & 13 and we also run a "Senior's" programme for those aged 14+
Karate is a form of self-defence that in its modern form originates from the Okinawan islands of Japan. The true origins of Karate may in fact be in China, or indeed India where Martial Arts have existed for thousands of years. Karate is a Japanese word that means "empty hand". Zenshin means to "progress" or to "advance" or "move forward". Our style is a blend of 2 traditional styles: Shotokan and Goju-Ryu, drawing what we consider the best from them both, but it is also laced with plenty of modern-day street defence techniques.
The average class format involves learning basic striking, blocking & kicking techniques, as well as some grabs, holds and "streetwise" self defence. Students are also taught stances and Kata (pre-arranged sequences of movements that represent both attack and defence). Kumite (sparring) is also practised in class. This is primarily non-contact to allow the students to practise in safety and build confidence.
Over the last few years, Zenshin Karate has expanded into Zenshin Martial Arts which includes several classes in Australia and now includes Street Defence and offers one of the most comprehensive systems available in modern Martial Arts.
News & Updates
There will be at least 3 Seminars held this year, but these are only open to current students.
Club moves forward yet again with another black belt grading!
FANTASTIC NEWS!! We recently promoted another one of our adult students to black belt.
Well done Roshan you are a superstar!
This means, we have now helped 90 adults achieve their black belt! This number of course, doesn't include the 100s of junior black belts we have created over the years.
Are YOU next?
Sensei Of The Year 2023 - Michael Venables
Congratulations to Sensei Michael Venables who was voted as "Sensei Of The Year" for 2023.
You have worked so hard this year, teaching so many classes! Keep up the good work!
Class Locations and Times
Quinton: 6:15pm - 7.45pm (all ages)
Wednesbury: 6:15pm - 7:45pm (all ages)
Invitation only class
Wolverhampton South: 6:15pm - 7:15pm (all ages) and 7:30pm - 8:30pm (adults & teens)
Redditch: 6:15pm - 7:15pm (all ages) and 7:30pm - 8:30pm (adults & teens)
Fallings Park: 6.15pm - 7:45pm (all ages)
Wolverhampton North: 6:15pm - 7:15pm (all ages) and 7:30pm - 8:30pm (adults & teens)
Invitation only class
Tipton: 11:00am - 12:30pm (all ages)
Penn: 10:15am - 11:15am (all ages) and 11.30am - 12:30pm (adults & teens)