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.
Weapons training is designed solely to push those students who want more from their Martial Arts. Our weapons training provides training in Bo Staff, Nunchaku and Escrima and includes its own grading system. These classes are for teens and adult students only.
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 (currently 5th Dan black belt) and his wife Desma Decke (currently 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.
Currently, we have many classes running EVERY week! We are also one of the few clubs in the entire 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".
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 weapons training and offers one of the most comprehensive systems available in modern Martial Arts.
News & Updates
Our next seminar will be focused on Kumite (sparring). This is a very important part of our Karate, which allows us to put all of the various blocks, kicks and strikes we have learned into practice!
Apart from sharpening your karate skills, we will also look at real-life situations, manoeuvring, and different types of fighters.
The seminar is open to 8th Kyu Adult and above (Yellow belt Young Samurai, Blue Belt Little Dragon) and you will need to own at least sparring mitts and helmet to attend (why not order yours today?!)
Club moves forward yet again with another black belt grading!
FANTASTIC NEWS!! We recently promoted another one of our adult students to black belt.
Jasmine is also one of the very few students in our club to have achieved a black belt in ALL 3 of our age appropriate systems! Well done Jasmine you are a superstar!
This means, we have now helped 88 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 2020
Congratulations to Sensei Alison who was voted as "Sensei Of The Year" for 2020.
You are a fantastic role model and an inspiration to all of us.
Sensei Alison can be found at our Monday Redditch class. Quite often, she is at the Wednesday class too.
Class Locations and Times
Quinton: 6:30pm - 8.00pm (all ages)
Redditch South: 6:15pm - 7:15pm (all ages) and 7:30pm - 8:30pm (adults & teens)
Wednesbury: 6:15pm - 7:15pm (all ages) and 7:30pm - 8:30pm (adults & teens)
Invitation only class
Redditch North: 6:15pm - 7:15pm (all ages) and 7:30pm - 8:30pm (adults & teens)
Wolverhampton South: 6:15pm - 7:15pm (all ages) and 7:30pm - 8:30pm (adults & teens)
Bromsgrove: 6.30pm - 8pm (all ages)
Fallings Park: 6.30pm - 8pm (all ages)
Wolverhampton North: 6:15pm - 7:15pm (all ages) and 7:30pm - 8:30pm (adults & teens)
Invitation only class
Tipton: 11.30am - 12:30pm (all ages)
Penn: 10am - 11:30am (all ages)