At Bedford West Shotokan Karate (BWSK), tradition is made practical. BWSK is dedicated to teaching Shotokan karate with an emphasis on the practical application of kata for the purpose of self-defence. Kata are pre-arranged forms of numerous karate techniques including punches, kicks, strikes, joint locks, chokes, limb control and throws. Typical training at BWSK includes kata (forms), bunkai (kata application) and other two-person drills, pad work, kumite (sparring), kihon (basics) and grappling (clinch work, throws and groundwork). We are not your typical Shotokan dojo!
BWSK, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in September of 2016 and is affiliated with the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF). Many of the club's members have had their introduction to martial arts at Charles P Allen High School or Lockview High School where Martial Arts 11, a credit course, is offered. We have a range of ranks at BWSK from beginners to black belts. Beginning students receive instruction catered to their needs and are integrated into the regular class as they progress. We have four black belt instructors so you are sure to get the feedback you need to improve.
When training, there must be a balance between practicality and safety. Safety is always paramount and students are always expected to train accordingly. However, with martial arts training there is always an inherent risk of injury.
Whether you are looking for fitness, self-defense or self-improvement, BWSK is for you. Interested in joining? Don't hesitate to contact us for more information!
Andy Allen, head instructor.