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    • 12 Feb 2022
    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 41 sessions
    • Zoom

    Train online every week with Sensei John Parnell and guest instructors

    • Saturdays, starting 12th February 2022
    • From 10.30am for 45 minutes
    • Free to attend
    • Open to all

    • 3 Sep 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1LW


    Session 1 | 11 am – 12.30 pm
    All Grades

    Session 2 | 12.30 pm - 2 pm
    Brown & Black Belts

    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ponteland Leisure Centre, Callerton Ln, Ponteland NE20 9EG


    Session 1 | 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

    Session 2 | 1 pm - 3 pm

    • 8 Oct 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Egham Orbit, Vicarage Rd, Egham TW20 8NL

    What is a bo? A bo is a staff, usually about 1.8 metres long, used in Okinawan martial arts. Bojutsu, the art of using the bo as a weapon, and the bo kata, were part of the Shotokan system until the American occupation of Japan after the second world war. During the occupation martial arts training was initially banned. In an attempt to get this ban lifted, the Shotokan system was modified, and the use of the bo was removed in an effort to make the training seem less martial to the occupying forces. After the occupation the use of the bo and the bo kata were never fully reintroduced to Shotokan karate.

    The leading exponent of Shotokan Bojutsu in the UK is sensei Ian MacLaren, KUGB 6th dan. For many decades Ian has trained with, and learnt from, Japan’s leading bojusu experts. Shotokan Connect is privileged to have Ian leading our work to reintroduce bojutsu to the Shotokan system and to our dan grading syllabus.

    If you don’t have your own bo, don’t worry, we’ll provide you with one for the session. You’ll learn basic bo blocks and attacks, and in the first session we’ll be learning the kata Shuji no Kon.

    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Loddon Valley Sports Centre, Rushey Way, Earley, Reading, RG6 4GD


    2 sessions, followed by grading. You must train in the Black and Brown Belt session to be eligible to grade.

    Session 1 | 10.30 am – 12 noon
    All Grades

    Session 2 | 12 noon – 1.30 pm
    Brown & Black Belts

    Dan Grading | From 2pm onwards
    (Please ensure you have your instructor's approval prior to registration)

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