SHINRI KARATE SCHOOLS


ABOUT US

Shinri Karate Schools brings Karate into the modern era. Taught by professional coaches in multiple locations across Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.


Shinri Karate Schools first opened in September 2010 by three professional Karate instructors, Gareth Richards, Phil Culley and Andy Wightman. The three co-owners had been long time friends and training partners and were even National champions together in team Kata. In January 2014 Andy Wightman decided to leave the partnership to concentrate on his own karate clubs and Gareth and Phil made the decision to continue what they had started.


At Shinri Karate Schools we offer fair pricing policies in classes run by fit, friendly and professional coaches. Our classes are open to all from ages 4 years old upwards. All our coaches are first-aid trained, fully insured (through TL Risk Solutions insurance) and hold black belt qualifications.


Shinri is the Japanese word for heart or truth. Our badge features the Shotokan tiger to represent the style of Karate that we study and the Japanese rising sun to reflect on the traditional roots of our martial art.



GARETH RICHARDS

Gareth Richards

Gareth first became interested in martial arts as a child when watching various cartoons and Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme movies. At the age of 8 he saw a poster for his local class on the school notice board and asked his parents to take him along.


Gareth continued to train regularly at this and other dojos and in 1997 was awarded his Shodan.


Naturally competitive, Gareth has had great success in Karate tournaments both in Kata and Kumite. At last count he has over 50 medals and trophies gained from local and national events. In 1999, Gareth travelled to Budapest to compete in the JSKA World Championships and to train with legendary instructors Sensei Asai and Sensei Kato.


In more recent years Gareth has enjoyed a great deal of success in team Kata competing with Shinri co-owner Phil and their good friend Andy Wightman, chief instructor or Willow Shotokan Karate. Together they won all but one event they contested in almost 4 years and took many national titles before retiring from competition.


In 2011 Gareth was awarded 5th Dan by the legendary Peter Consterdine, 9th Dan following a physical and technical grading. He also writes the Shinri Karate schools blog and twitter sites that can be found at the foot of this page.


Gareth still likes to train regularly in Martial Arts and hopes to never stop learning new skills that he can pass on to Shinri members. As well as training in Shotokan karate he also trains in Wado-Ryu, Goju Ryu and Shito-Ryu karate and Brazillian Ju-Jitsu.


Outside of Karate, Gareth finds the time to keep very active and regularly competes in road and track cycling races for his own Shinri sponsered race team. He is also a fully trained Sports Massage Therapist and works to treat and prevent injuries on a variety of athletes.


Gareth can be contacted at: gareth@shinrikarateschools.com


GRADING SYALLABUS

This is the Shinri karate schools syllabus for all members. In it you will find the requirements for each grade.

10th KYU BLUE BELT

10th KYU BLUE BELT

9th KYU RED BELT

9th KYU RED BELT

8th KYU ORANGE BELT

8th KYU ORANGE BELT

7th KYU YELLOW BELT

7th KYU YELLOW BELT

6th KYU GREEN BELT

6th KYU GREEN BELT

5th KYU PURPLE BELT

5th KYU PURPLE BELT

4th KYU PURPLE/WHITE BELT

4th KYU PURPLE/WHITE BELT

3rd KYU BROWN BELT

3rd KYU BROWN BELT

2nd KYU BROWN/WHITE BELT

2nd KYU BROWN/WHITE BELT

1st KYU BROWN/RED BELT

1st KYU BROWN/RED BELT

SHODAN BLACK BELT 1st DAN

SHODAN BLACK BELT 1st DAN

NIDAN 2nd DAN

NIDAN 2nd DAN

SANDAN 3rd DAN

SANDAN 3rd DAN


MEMBERS INFO

Our classes are open to children from ages 4 and over and we have no upper age limit. Many of our students are girls and we also have many families that train together. Karate can be a great way to stay fit and can also help to boost confidence and concentration levels in children by providing focus and self-discipline.

Brown and Black Belt Grading

BROWN & BLACK BELT TRAINING


It is expected that all brown and black belts attend at least one advanced training session each week as well as regular training hours.


These advanced sessions are:


• Tuesday 8pm-Hazely Academy, Milton Keynes dojo

• Thursday 8pm-Linslade dojo

• Saturday 2pm-Loughton, Milton Keynes dojo


We also have extra Brown and Black belt sessions added throughout the year.


The dates and venues for these sessions will be published on our facebook page.


BROWN & BLACK BELT GRADING


Shinri Karate Schools offer two brown and black belt grading sessions each year (every Spring and Autumn).


Due to the increase in difficulty for each advanced grade there is a longer training period between each grading.


• 3rd Kyu to 2nd Kyu-minimum 6 months (Kata studied-Bassai Dai)

• 2nd Kyu to 1st Kyu-minimum 6 months (Kata studied-Jion, Jiin, Jitte)

• 1st Kyu to Shodan-minimum 12 months (Kata studied-Empi, Kanku Dai, Hangetsu, Gankaku)

• Shodan to Nidan-minimum 2 years (Kata studied-Meikyo, Bassai Sho, Kanku Sho, Nijushiho, Tekki Nidan)

• Nidan to Sandan-minimum 3 years (kata studied-Chinte, Wankan, Tekki Sandan, Sochin,Unsu, Gojushiho Dai, Gojushiho Sho)

Brown and Black Belt Grading

Brown and Black Belt Grading

MEMBER GRADING


All gradings up to and including 3rd Kyu (brown belt) take place in the regular dojo training hours and at the instructors discretion.


Brown and black belts can grade only in advanced grading sessions. These take place in April and October each year.


Grading fees for 2019 are listed below:


Coloured belts (10th Kyu to 3rd Kyu) are £20 per grading.

3rd Kyu to 2nd Kyu - £30

2nd Kyu to 1st Kyu - £40

1st Kyu to Shodan - £50

All Dan gradings - £50


All successful grading candidates receive a Shinri Karate Schools certificate and belt.


EVENTS & TOURNAMENTS


At Shinri Karate Schools competition is not our primary focus. We do however regularly send those students that wish to compete to open championship events both locally and nationally.


We also aim to support newcomers to sports karate by promoting small, friendly and unintimidating events. Details of these events will be posted both here and in our events section.


If you are interested in trying competition karate please speak to your club instructor.

Brown and Black Belt Grading

CLASSES & TUITION


WAVENDON GATE
SCHOOL

MONDAY

Open Class - All Welcome

5pm - 6pm

Wavendon Gate School

Gregories Drive

Wavendon Gate

Milton Keynes

MK7 7HL


Sensei Gareth Richards

gareth@shinrikarateschools.com

07734 227 705

STEWARTBY
PAVILLION

MONDAY

Beginners & Intermediate

5pm

TEMPORARY HOME

Stewartby Pavillion

Park Crescente

Stewartby

MK43 9NL


Sensei Gareth Richards

gareth@shinrikarateschools.com

07734 227 705

LOUGHTON
SCHOOL

TUESDAY

Intermediate 6:15pm

Advanced 8:15pm

CHECK BEFORE ATTENDING

Loughton School

Paynes Drive

Loughton

MK5 8FA


Sensei Gareth Richards

gareth@shinrikarateschools.com

07734 227 705

LINSLADE
LOWER SCHOOL

THURSDAY

Beginners 6pm

Intermediate 7pm

Advanced 8pm

Linslade Lower School

Leopold Road

Linslade

LU7 2QU


Sensei Gareth Richards

gareth@shinrikarateschools.com

07734 227 705

WOUGHTON
LEISURE CENTRE

SATURDAY

Beginners & Intermediate

11am

Advanced 1pm

Woughton Leisure Centre

Rainbow Drive

Leadenhall

MK6 5EJ


Sensei Gareth Richards

gareth@shinrikarateschools.com

07734 227 705


COSTS & FEES

Shinri Karate Schools offer beginners rates of just £5 per session. This is a temporary rate for new starters to try out our classes with no other financial commitment. Shinri members should pay for sessions on a monthly package basis. Your monthly payment should be paid in full on the first session you attend of each month. Below is an outline of our packages available.

BEGINNER

£25

PER MONTH


1 session per week at any Shinri Dojo.

INTERMEDIATE

£45

PER MONTH


2 session per week at any Shinri Dojo.

ADVANCED

£55

PER MONTH


3 session per week at any Shinri Dojo.

ULTIMATE

£65

PER MONTH


Unlimited training at any Shinri Dojo.