Thursdays, from 13th September, starting at 7:30 pm

Beginners poster

What does it involve?
Shoufukan Dojo is offering people an eight week beginner’s course in Takeuchi-ryu, a traditional Japanese martial art beginning Thursday 12 September at the Mirfield Community Centre, Water Royd Lane. The course is open to adults or young people aged 14+ and aims to give an insight into how the training methods and techniques of the Samurai are just as relevant to tackling the challenges of modern life as they were on the medieval battlefield.

Activities will include hands on sessions; demonstrations; videos; and a chance to try out basic self-defence techniques. “This is a chance to get a feel for what a classical tradition like Takeuchi-ryu is all about,” says instructor Anna Seabourne, “…we train at your pace, so anyone can give it a go.” Just back from a ten week research trip to Japan funded by a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science scholarship, she has brought back a whole series of techniques which have never been taught in the UK before.

The course is free and will run on Thursday evenings starting at 7.30 pm. Successful completion of the course will entitle students to join the dojo, for which there is a joining fee.

What’s required?
No prior experience or equipment are necessary, just something comfortable to move in. You will need loose clothing, preferably with long sleeves and no zips, buttons, belts or similar. If you have martial arts uniforms (gi, keikogi, judogi) from another art, these are fine. However, there is no need to buy anything, an old tracksuit would be ideal. We will ask you to remove all watches and jewelry (including earrings) for the sessions, so if these are valuable, we suggest you leave them at home.

Instructor’s background
Anna Seabourne is an experienced teacher with a PGCE and though her main focus has been post-16 education, she has taught younger students, both here and in Japan. Anna has been involved in martial arts since 1987, and before going to Japan in 1995 ran a junior Ju Jitsu club in London for two years. In addition to Takeuchi-ryu Bitchuden Kobudo, she holds Dan grades in TJF Ju Jitsu and Shorinji Kempo.

Shoufukan has run workshops for students at Calderdale College and Castle Hall School and regularly demonstrates in Mirfield and elsewhere. The dojo is run on a non-profit basis.

Still have questions?
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information and with any questions you may have, either via the website, or by phone. You are also welcome to come and observe any of our training sessions. Details are on the Training page.

To reserve a place, contact us by email or phone, call on 0844 870 1532. Alternatively, come along on the night.