School & Academy Vision
Sei Shin Kan School of Karate and Reading Taijiquan Academy offer Karate and Taiji classes for all ages of children and adults in the local Reading community. Establishing the habit of regular cardio vascular exercise is fundamental to physical health and well-being as a child and later as an adult. Exercising regularly with other children and adults is also great for mental health and well-being. Sei Shin Kan School of Karate and Reading Taijiquan Academy run weekly karate classes in West Reading both at St Georges Church Hall and in local schools. Special weekend training sessions are arranged which focus on a specific aspect of Karate and Taiji practice and allow the student to concentrate on deeper levels of training or to learn a new skill or set of techniques. Sei Shin Kan School of Karate and Reading Taijiquan Academy also host regular advanced seminars, inviting leading UK and international martial arts exponents to teach their skills, share their knowledge and inspire all students of the martial arts.
Physical & Mental Benefits
The physical aspects of Karate and Taiji promote fitness, health, well being, character and sportsmanship. The mental aspects of Karate and Taiji challenge the mind to focus on the core values of character, respect, discipline, honesty & integrity while building the attributes of team spirit, leadership and mentorship. Through dedicated practice, martial arts students can develop into valued members of society accountable for their own development, decisions and actions. The skills learned and polished in the training environment can be translated into life skill that can be implemented in the spheres of education, work and everyday life.
Traditional Martial Arts Training Programme
Sei Shin Kan School of Karate introduces the traditional Wado Ryu (Way of Peace) system of karate, directly from Japan. The Reading Taijiquan Academy offers the Chen Family original style of Taijiquan directly from Chenjiagou Village in China. The learning programmes includes fitness, self-defence, mental awareness, body awareness, confidence, self-control and self- discipline. The physical aspects of Karate and Taiji are critical, and the development of good character through karate practice is fundamental. Without attention to the mental aspect, Karate and Taiji practice is empty. These deeper values form the true spirit of genuine martial arts practice, in Japan this is called ‘Budo’.
Karate & Taijiquan Classes and Examinations
Karate classes are targeted at different age groups and ability levels and are goal based through the traditional grading examination system which takes students from white belt to black belt in a gradual staged progression of competence and skill. Children, young people and adults learn the fundamental training methods of Wado Ryu Karate through a study and practice of basic techniques, punches and kicks, kata (Form), partnerwork drills, and semi-contact kumite (fighting practice) and zazen meditation. The challenges in the dojo are reflected in the grading procedures which are demanding yet achievable and rewarding. This encourages the students to set and realise their own personal goals and achieve their full potential.
Taijiquan classes are targeted at different age groups and ability levels, are goal based and through the traditional syllabus which takes students from beginner to advanced in a gradual staged progression of competence and skill. Adults can choose to prepare for Duan Gradings under the Chinese Wushu organisation. Children and young people follow the traditional 'Chenjiagou Taijiquan School Training Syllabus' as taught and practiced in the oldest Taijiquan School in China.All students learn the fundamental training methods of Chen Taijiquan through a study and practice of basic foundation techniques, Empty Hand Forms, Weapons Forms, Partnerwork drills (including Push Hands), and Standing Meditation (Zhan Zhuang). The challenges in the dojo (training location) are reflected in the grading procedures which are demanding yet achievable and rewarding. This encourages the students to set and realise their own personal goals and achieve their full potential.
Policies & Documents
School & Academy Policies
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Child Protection Policy
Risk Assessment Policy
School & Academy Documents
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Karate Membership Form
Taijiquan Membership Form
Karate Licence/Insurance Application Form