Sei Shin Kan School of Karate offers children’s karate classes to provide fun, healthy, sporting activity for children 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 offers a number of 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 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 also hosts regular advanced seminars, inviting leading UK karate exponents to teach and share their knowledge.
Physical and Mental
The physical aspects of karate promote fitness, health, well being, character and sportsmanship. The mental aspects of karate 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 Training Programme
Sei Shin Kan School of Karate introduces the traditional Wado Ryu (Way of Peace) system of karate, directly from Japan. The learning programme includes fitness, self-defence, mental awareness, body awareness, confidence, self-control and self- discipline. The physical aspects of karate are critical, and the development of good character through karate practice is fundamental. Without attention to the mental aspect, karate practice is empty. These deeper values form the true spirit of genuine martial arts practice, in Japan this is called ‘Budo’.
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 and young people 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.
Lead Instructor – Viki Lloyd
Viki Lloyd has trained for over 30 years in the traditional Japanese martial art of Wado-Ryu Karate. She is a 4th Dan black belt, all her grading examinations have been conducted by Japanese instructors and her qualifications are recognised and registered in Japan.
She is a member of the Wado International Karate-Do Federation and the English Karate Federation. Viki has travelled to Japan for advanced karate training, spent time training in some of the leading Japanese karate dojos and is a former British and European Karate champion.
Viki is well known in the UK and across Europe as a senior student of the late legendary Grandmaster Tatsuo Suzuki 8th Dan Hanshi (1928 – 2011) who originally introduced the style of Wado Ryu to the UK in the early 1960’s.
Viki continues to train regularly and seek advanced instruction in the UK and abroad with renowned karate instructors including Sensei Kuniaki Sakagami 8th Dan, Sensei Jon Wicks 8th Dan, Sensei Dave Allsop 7th Dan, Sensei Kazutaka Ohtsuka 6th Dan, and Sensei Peter May 6th Dan. She has learned from and been advised by many of the leading Japanese and European karate instructors during her many years of training.
Viki has worked as a nursery assistant, in a residential unit for young people with severe learning difficulties and as a lecturer at the University of Reading. She has taught lessons in primary schools and secondary schools, spent eight years as a primary School Governor; eight years as Governor then Chair of Governors at a leading Early Years Centre in Reading. She is first aid and fire warden qualified. Has been CRB and DBS checked. Viki has attended Safeguarding Children Training, Disability Awareness Training and Equality Awareness Training with Reading Borough Council. Sei Shin Kan School of Karate is a member of Reading Children’s and Voluntary Youth Services.
Assistant Instructor – Pete Evans
Pete Evans has been involved in martial arts training and practice for most of his life, learning judo as a youngster, then Taekwondo with Sensei Michael Miller in Didcot. When he moved to Reading he joined the Northern All Styles Sport Karate Club based in Carey Street and graded under Pat Scantlebury and Clayton Murraine, achieving a 2nd kyu brown belt and travelling the across the UK as a keen tournament competitor.
In 2000 he began his training in traditional Wado Ryu karate to help his children who had started to learn. Pete is now a 1st kyu brown belt and has trained under many recognised experts including Grandmaster Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi 8th Dan, Sensei Kuniaki Sakagami 8th Dan, Sensei Jon Wicks 8th Dan, Sensei Dave Allsop 7th Dan, Sensei Kazutaka Ohtsuka 6th Dan, Sensei Arthur Meek 7th Dan and Sensei Peter May 6th Dan.
Pete is CRB and DBS checked, has been First Aid trained and Health and Safety trained. Married to a midwife, Pete has volunteered with Reading Scouts, helped at the Reading Half Marathon and volunteers at work in his lunch break to assist young children with their reading skills in an Inner London Primary School.
Away from martial arts, Pete is a skilled musician, playing guitar for a well known local blues band and a keen motorcyclist. He is the proud owner of a Harley Davidson.
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Child Protection Policy
Sei Shin Kan School of Karate believes that it is always unacceptable for any person to experience abuse of any kind, especially when a child or young person is involved and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice which protects them. Sei Shin Kan School of Karate recognises that:
- the welfare of the child/young person is paramount
- all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
- working in partnership with children, young people, parents, carers and agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
The purpose of the policy:
- To provide protection for the children and young people who receive Sei Shin Kan School of Karate services.
- To provide instructors, students, parents and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm. This policy applies to all students (adult and child) and volunteers engaged with Sei Shin Kan School of Karate.
Sei Shin Kan School of Karate will seek to safeguard children and young people by:
- valuing them, listening to and respecting them
- adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for all students and volunteers
- sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, students and volunteers
- sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately
Sei Shin Kan School of Karate is committed to reviewing the policy and good practice annually.
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Procedures for Reporting Concerns about a Child
These procedures apply to all instructors, students, parents and volunteers of Sei Shin Kan School of Karate and sets out the steps to follow if you have concerns that a child is subject to abuse.
Different categories of child abuse - These are physical, emotional, sexual abuse, and neglect. You can learn more about the types of abuse from the NSPCC website.
How to Report Concerns – In the first instance you should indicate that you wish to speak directly and privately with the Named Persons Responsible for Child Protection; Viki Lloyd and / or Pete Evans. Your concerns will be listened to, written down and recorded. Your concerns will be properly and promptly reported to Reading Borough Council. Concerns can also be reported directly via the Reading Borough Council website of Reading Children’s and Voluntary Youth Services.
Confidentiality - Sei Shin Kan School of Karate recognises the legal principle the ‘welfare of the child is paramount’. Privacy and confidentiality will be respected but not if a child is at risk of harm. In this situation, the child’s safety will come first. For a detailed procedures document, contact the Lead Instructor or the Assistant Instructor.
The Sei Shin Kan School of Karate Child Protection Policy and Procedures for Reporting Concerns documents are reviewed annually.