Tamashii School of Shotokan Karate has been established for over 45 years, most of that under chief instructor Kelvin Rayner’s supervision. Kelvin was graded by Sensei Shiro Asano, one of the remaining original great Japanese instructors. The Tamashii club is affiliated to The JKS and all instructors hold dan grades through this association.

The club began life as Seamless Tubes Karate Club, and trained at Seamless Tubes working men’s club in Wednesfield. Over the years, it has moved several times to accommodate its growth and development, and is now based at the studios of Coppice Performing Arts School in Ecclestone Road, Wednesfield.


The main aim of the club has always been to teach the traditional Eastern philosophies behind Shotokan Karate.

The club aims to furnish all students with an increased self-defence ability, in addition to the many physical and psychological benefits known to be gained through prolonged training.

Through repetition of movement and practice of various defences, attacks, blocks, kicks and strikes, students will benefit in myriad ways. Not only does the body become stronger, but also the mind and spirit.

With continual training, split second reflexes will be developed, as well as greater awareness, and the ability to interpret the moment or what an opponent will do next.

We are dedicated to our students’ growth and development and it is possible for dedicated members to achieve their black belt in around four years with hard work and consistent training.

Gradings are undertaken every three months and students must complete certain elements and show improvement and a good attitude to be eligible to grade.
To see the requirements, visit our syllabus page.

A usual lesson will consist of:

Kihon –
The foundation training movements.
All karate is developed from kihon. Practicing kihon movements in linear patterns develops the individual’s technique, agility, balance, power generation and overall ability.

Kata –
A predetermined pattern of moves, which is a form of self defence against a number of assailants, appearing to look like a cross between shadow boxing and a complex dance. Kata is an all round exercise, working all muscles in the body.

Kumite –
The fighting or combatant interaction. There are varying forms of kumite from basic set forms to the modern competition style kumite or ‘free sparring’.

Benefits of karate

We recommend that you attend two classes a week to receive the greatest possible benefit from training in authentic Japanese Karate. Improvements from regular karate training include:


• Self defence skills
• Greater strength
• Increased flexibility
• Increased endurance
• Better co-ordination
• Faster reaction times
• Improved balance and agility
• Better posture


• Self discipline and respect
• Improved determination and willpower
• Greater self-esteem
• Longer periods of concentration
• Greater confidence
• Higher levels of awareness
• General feeling of wellbeing
• Satisfaction of setting and achieving goals

Training in karate is a great way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may fear the martial arts promote violence, but that is a myth according to experts: karate actually helps teach self discipline and socialisation skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because the self control and concentration are exactly the skills which these children struggle with.

Progress is marked by the belt system which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colours. Testing for each new level, generally every three months, is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.

But experts say it is the respect children will learn that can be the most important benefit. It often carries over into school, helping improve behaviour and even grades, according to recent research.


Karate is an ancient and traditional art and dojos all over the world maintain strict rules of etiquette which students must follow.

Students must always try to be in good time for training and ensure they are changed and prepared to line up as soon as the class commences. We ask that all members remove footwear outside the dojo door, and bow when entering or leaving the dojo.

Students wishing to enter or leave the dojo whilst a class is in progress must put up their hand and await permission from the instructor to leave or rejoin the floor. Always walk well behind other students when crossing the dojo to avoid injury. When the class is running, students not working at any given time must sit cross-legged at the side of the hall without disturbing the lesson.

Students should address their instructor as Sensei, and senior students assisting with the class as Sempai. Always acknowledge the Sensei by replying ‘Oss!’ when addressed. When working with a partner or group, always bow to them at the start and end of each exercise.

Senior students are expected to lead by example and are responsible for setting the standard for younger members, both through their behaviour and through assisting them in their training.  Junior members are expected to treat their peers and seniors with the utmost respect at all times.

Students should be clean and neat when attending training. New members attending trial sessions are permitted to wear simple casual clothing such as a T-shirt and leggings or shorts, but all permanent members must purchase a white karate gi (suit) which should be washed and pressed for class. Beginners should wear a white belt unless they hold a JKS grade from a previous club.

Hair must be tied back neatly and all jewellery should be removed to avoid injury. If you need to adjust your belt or gi during a class, it is proper etiquette to turn away from your instructor or partner first.

Nails (fingers and toes) must also be kept short to prevent injury and make up and nail varnish should be kept to a minimum.

It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the dojo clean, safe and tidy at all times. Please do not bring food into the room, and ensure water bottles and clothing are placed neatly at the side of the hall. All litter must be removed and students are asked to respect our neighbours by entering and leaving the premises quietly and respectfully.

All students are reminded that they must treat each other with respect and any fighting or physical violence outside of the lesson is strictly forbidden.

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