Sukona Karate

History

The Club

Sukona Karate is a Shotokan Karate club based in Darlington and Barton, North East England.
The club was established in june 1992, since then the club has grown greatly and more venues have been added.
Sukona Karate is mainly a Shotokan based club but we also incorporate a number of other martial arts in our training, including Shaolin Lohan, Swanda Karate, Kobudo (Weapons) and Atemi-Jutsu, to name but a few.

The Logo

The Tree: The tree represents the styles of karate we practice, the tree has strong solid roots which represents the Shotokan (our main style). Then the branches of the tree represents the club reaching out towards different styles such as the Lohan and Swan-da, also in the complete logo the branches are reaching up towards the cross swords which represents the club learning the weapons (Kobudo).
The Cross Swords: As mentioned with the tree the cross swords represent the weapons we use, not just swords but a variety of other weapons too.
The Ying Yang: The ying yang represents balance, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The black side (Yin) represents passive, soft and weak, whereas the white side (Yang) represents active, hard and strong. The two go together to create a harmony, one is not complete without the other. If you look closely you'll see that the ying yang is drawn slighty rotated which represents that no one is perfect.
The Name: The name Sukona translates into english as "Sublime" which means of a higher level and Karate translates into english as "Empty Hand" or "Empty Mind".
The Moto: mi~kara~deta~sabi means "as you sow so shall you reap" which basically means the more you put into something the more you will gain from it, so people who work hard at karate reach their goal (grades) and those who don't work hard don't get very far.

FAQ

1. How much do the lessons cost?
2. What style of karate do you do?
3. Do you use weapons?
4. Do I need a licence?
5. How old do I have to be before I can start karate?
6. How many Belts are there?

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1. How much do the lessons cost?

Training fees are £4.00 per lesson but people who wish to train in both the junior and the senior lesson will be charged an extra pound (£5.00 total).

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2. What style of karate do you do?

Sukona karate does two styles, we are a Shotokan club but we also do Shaolin 18 Lohan (which is a soft form, from china). We also include various other martial arts.

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3. Do you use weapons?

Yes, we use a number of different weapons on a regular basis, weapons are also included in the grading syllabus for dan grades.

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4. Do I need a licence?

Yes, you do need a license which can be purchased through the club at a price of £25 per year. You are not required to purchase a license straight away but as soon as you are sure that you want to continue with karate, you should buy a license. You WILL NOT be able to grade unless you have a valid license. Your license is not only for gradings, it also gives you insurance cover in case you injure yourself or somebody else while at karate, and it is also used to keep a record of your gradings and karate achievements.

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5. How old do I have to be before I can start karate?

As a general guideline we say you must be 6 years of age or over to take part, but as long as you can tell your left from your right and are able to concentrate for the duration of the lesson you will be able to take part.

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6. How many Belts are there?

There are 11 belts which are as follows:

White;
Red;
Orange;
Yellow;
Green;
Purple;
Purple with a white stripe;
Brown with 2 white stripes;
Brown with 1 white stripes;
Brown;
Black.

In that order. But it doesn't all stop when you get a black belt you then go through the Dans (1st Dan, 2nd Dan, 3rd Dan, etc).

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