DART is a practical karate system focused on self defence. It is known for its close range tactics, non linear approach, limb manipulation, soft blocking, powerful strikes, legal underpinning and pressure testing scenario training. DART Karate is affiliated to the World Combat Association.
IS DART TRADITIONAL OR MODERN KARATE?
Karate consists of many different overlapping schools or styles that can all trace their origins to systems of civilian self defence developed in Okinawa. DART Karate is based on combative principles taken from the study of Shuri-te, Tomari-Te and Arakaki kata. DART Karate classes have a strong emphasis on impact training, paired exercises, underpinning theory and good biomechanics. You can read about our perspective on traditional karate here. Most karate systems wear the white karate uniforms and belts introduced to gain Japanese governmental recognition in the early 20th Century, and follow a Japanese martial arts tradition, which can often be sport orientated. DART Karate classes are orientated towards self defence, and we do not train for competitions. DART Karateka do not wear the Japanese karate gi to allow greater use of protective armour in certain types of training.
DART Karate classes in High Wycombe (see grey menu bar above for timings) are friendly and fun. The majority of our karate training involves paired self defence orientated martial arts exercises with lots of padwork, and students are coached at a pace appropriate to their own training needs. Beginners are always welcome and new male and female students can start at any time. We do not teach young children alongside adults, but teenagers with a mature outlook are welcome.
With our effective self defence training students also learn conflict management skills and escape strategies. When students are ready, they develop their martial arts skills further at higher grades with pressure testing using advanced body armour for protection.
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