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Based in Folkestone, Sandgate, Seabrook & Hythe, Kent
tel: +44 [0]7879 883 314


A friendly club where you can learn the art of Karate.

Please just turn up at one of our classes - see below.

At the ORINKAI KARATE CLUB, we practice the art and discipline of KYOKUSHIN KARATE

under the expert guidance and supervision of Sensei Cheryll Champion.

CLASSES   [prices: children 3.50, adults 4.50]

Seabrook Church Hall, Thursdays 6pm - 7pm - children & families

SAGA Pavillion, Mondays 6pm - 7pm - children & families

SAGA Pavillion, Mondays 7.30pm - 9.00pm - adults

Our adult karate group [most of!]:
Folkestone Karate club team

May 2015: 3 new black belts!

photo of clubs new black belts


Right: [L-R] Orin Champion, Kate Salton, Alan Duncan - all very exhausted after a long afternoon which includes 100 press-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, 14 katas [many repeated!], 30 minutes of non-stop sparring plus a lot, lot more!!!


Below left: Orin Champion.


Below right: [L-R] Bobby Wilkinson, Kate [splitting the wood], Sensei Cheryll Champion.
[Thanks to Nikki for these photos.]

black belt grading

Photos from the Folkestone 2014 Karate Knock Down Tournament

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Folkestone Karate club fun

About Kyokushin Karate

Kyokushin kaikan is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese karate master, Masutatsu Oyama.

Kyokushinkai is Japanese for "the society of the ultimate truth". Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Its full contact style has had international appeal (practitioners have over the last 40+ years numbered more than 12 million).

Oyama's own curriculum developed a reputation as a tough, intense, hard-hitting, and practical style, formed from a combination of the best techniques and concepts from many Martial Arts, which he named "Kyokushin" in a ceremony in 1957.

Oyama also formally founded the "International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan" (commonly abbreviated to IKO or IKOK), in order to organize the many schools that were by then teaching Kyokushin Karate.

The word Kyokushinkai, which is the name of the ryu or style is translated as, "kyoku" meaning "ultimate", "shin" meaning "truth" or "reality" and kai means "to join" or "to associate". In essence Kyokushinkai, roughly translated, means "Ultimate Truth". This concept has less to do with the Western meaning of truth; rather it is more in keeping with the bushido concept of discovering the nature of one's true character when tried.

One of the goals of kyokushin is to strengthen and improve character by challenging oneself through rigorous training and Kyokushin training consists of three main elements: technique, forms, and sparring. These are sometimes referred to as the three "K's" after the Japanese words for them: kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).

Famous practitioners of Kyokushin Karate include actors Dolph Lundgren [3rd Dan blackbelt] & Sonny Chiba [of Kill Bill & The Street Fighter fame]. Sean Connery has an honorary blackbelt in kyokushin as a result of the "You Only Live Twice" film, when he was awarded the honorary belt from Oyama.

Our children's karate group:
Folkestone Karate club

Schoolgirl escapes attempted abduction

May 08, 2013: The mother of a 13-year-old Sydney girl has spoken exclusively to Nine News about how her daughter escaped from a terrifying attempted abduction in the city's south.
A Sydney schoolgirl fought off a would-be abductor when he tried to drag her into a van as she competed in a school cross-country race.
The teenager had fallen behind classmates during the run at Woolooware when a man in a black van wearing a black mask, tried to grab her on Tuesday afternoon. The girl's mother told how she was trained in karate and was able to fight him off. She said to the police "I did what I was trained to do - I kicked, I screamed, I punched, so if your kids take up martial arts, it's going to help."

A recent testimonial

My son has a condition that makes it difficult for him to co-ordinate movements in his upper body and he has been in Sensei Cheryll's karate club for 3 years.

His physiotherapist recently told me, "his karate has played an important part in helping his physical co-ordination and strength to develop."

I would like to thank Sensei Cheryll for her never ending patience, understanding, humour, discipline and skill in helping my son to keep trying when the going has got tough, and to have made the progress he has made. Cheryll personifies the word "teacher"!

Jo, Karate Club member's mum.

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