View Full Version : Question about Karate in Edinburgh

8/14/2008 6:23am,
Hi Everyone

Long time lurker, first time poster :)

I need some advice/help about deciding on a style. About 2 years ago I spent 6-8 months doing MA 2-3 times a week in Australia. I was going to 2 Shotokan classes and 1 BBJ class each week. I had friends in each style. I really enjoyed them both and felt they complemented each other.

Now I have read that cross training is not recommended by everyone but Iím doing this for my fun, fitness and enjoyment. I have no plans to ever do MMA/fight pro etc.

Anyway skip forward 2 years. I now live in Edinburgh, have put on 20kg and instead of hitting the gym I really want to get back into MA. I really need to get into better shape for BBJ and I plan to head to Rick Youngís classes when I can - http://www.rick-young.co.uk.

I also really want to get back into Karate and this is where I would like some advice. In Edinburgh there seems to be 3 major types of Karate on offer.

Wado-Kai has a *lot* of schools in the area. http://www.skfscotland.co.uk/
I have been to 1 class at 2 different locations and they seem to be very sports focused. Lots of young children running around in coloured belts and lots of talking about the next tournament, how to score points etc. Also lots of kata but no sparing that I could see. I asked about sparing and was told some Kihon is done but no real sparing.

Edinburgh University runs a Shotokan club. I have yet to go to a class there.

There is also a shukokai club at Edinburgh Uni http://shukokai.eusu.ed.ac.uk (http://shukokai.eusu.ed.ac.uk/) but I know nothing about that.

Finally there a Kyokushin club http://www.kyokushinkan.co.uk/. I have been to 1 of their classes. They are very friendly but the class size is very small (4-6 people) but they do a lot of sparing. Though Iím not sure about how I feel about bare knuckle sparing every week.

In an idea world there would be a Kudo school near me but the nearest one is near London.

So, does anyone have an experience about Karate in Edinburgh? Is my gut feeling right and the Wado-Kai schools are more sports clubs? Iím leaning towards Shotokan (Their sunday class is good for me time wise) but would love to hear what others think.


8/14/2008 6:24am,
In spite of what some other web-sites would have you believe, we here at Bullshido.net welcome you, A.V, with open arms and hope that you will share with us your unique experiences and ideas on the martial arts.... so that we may then make fun of those experiences and ideas.

Eddie Hardon
8/14/2008 6:44am,
Welcome and congrats at getting to train with Rick Young, as he also did Karate, you could also ask him for recommendations.

Best Wishes