Tel:
 01442 244504 
Email: sasori@talktalk.net

  • Performing At Summer Fetes
    Performing At Summer Fetes
  • All Students Have A Chance To Show Their Skills
    All Students Have A Chance To Show Their Skills
  • Emily Demonstrating Kata
    Emily Demonstrating Kata
  • Three Of Our Black Belts Performing Team Kata
    Three Of Our Black Belts Performing Team Kata
  • We Cater For All Ages - Everyone Is Welcome
    We Cater For All Ages - Everyone Is Welcome
  • Brown and Black Belts Training in the Honbu Dojo
    Brown and Black Belts Training in the Honbu Dojo
  • Concentration Needed To Learn New Skills
    Concentration Needed To Learn New Skills
  • Sometimes It Can Be Serious......
    Sometimes It Can Be Serious......
  • .... But Most Of The Time It's Fun!
    .... But Most Of The Time It's Fun!

Join Us

Junior Karate Kids (Age 4 & 5)
Contact us for further details
Apsley Community Centre Monday afternoons

Training Monday (age 5 - 16)
Lime Walk Primary School
Lime Walk
Hemel Hempstead
Herts
HP3 9LN
(limited parking in school grounds) 
Beginners 6-7pm 
Advanced 7-8pm
Adults 8-9.30pm

Training Thursday (age 5 - 16)
Apsley Community Centre
London Road
Hemel Hempstead
Herts HP3 9SB
(parking available in Durrants Hill Rd) 
Beginners 6-7pm 
Advanced 7-8pm
Adults 8-9.30pm

 

New Term Dates

Spring Term 2017

The term will run from 9th January to 30th March inclusive.  Half term will be week commencing 13th February.  

Summer Term 2017

The term will run from 20th April to 20th July inclusive.  Half term will be week commencing 29th May. (NB There will be no class in Bennetts End on 1st May due to the Bank Holiday).  

Autumn Term 2017

The term will run from 4th September to 11th December inclusive. The annual presentation evening will be on 14th December.  Half term will be week commencing 23rd October. 

For all events for the whole year please see the diary in the student area

 

For further details
Tel: 01442 244504
Email: sasori@talktalk.net


The History of Sasori Karate Dojo

The Sasori Karate Dojo has been based in Hertfordshire since 1980.  The name Sasori comes from the Japanese word for Scorpion, which was the name of the Karate Dojo where the founder and his wife started their training in the early Seventies.  (Dojo is the Japanese word for a training place).  Chris and Marie have seventy years experience between them and have trained with some of the top instructors of Martial Arts and Weapons from all over the world.

The chief instructor at the Dojo is Shihan Chris Green who holds 5th Dan in Goju Ryu Karate and 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate.  He is assisted with the running of the classes by his wife Sensei Marie, who holds 4th Dan in Goju Ryu Karate and 1st Dan in Shotokan Karate.


Goju Ryu is one of the lesser know styles of karate in this country, which has been made more famous by the series of ‘Karate Kid’ films.  Although Goju is the main style taught at the Dojo, some Shotokan Kata, weapons and Ju Jitsu are also taught.


The Sasori Karate Dojo is affiliated to the Goshukan, which has direct links to Japan.  Shihan Chris is the chief instructor of Goshukan in this country.  Goshukan is also registered with Karate England, which is recognised by the Sports Council. 
Goshukan is also affiliated to the JKF (Japanese Karate Federation).

It is important that all new students are registered members with all the above bodies when they commence training so that our insurance is not invalidated (one membership fee covers all).  Please see the separate sheet, which gives a breakdown of membership and training fees on the student pages.


Karate suits and equipment are available through us at quite reasonable prices.  Please ask for details.


In 1989 Chris and Marie were chosen to represent Great Britain at the JKF National Championships held in Takamatsu, Japan.  Prior to the competition they underwent extensive training in Choshi, Kyoto and Tokyo.  They have learned much from their experiences in Japan and this is passed on to all their students.


In 1992 Chris and Marie took a party of nine children to Japan.  They believe this is the first time such a trip had been organised and the children gained a wealth of knowledge both culturally and Martial Arts wise.  During the trip they took part in the Northern Japan Championships and came away with seven trophies!


In 1997 Chris and Marie made yet another trip to Japan, where they had extensive meetings with the Japanese instructors.  They hope to make more trips in the future, so that they can keep up to date with training methods in Japan and pass this on to their students.


The Dojo has always aimed to have a friendly atmosphere where students come to socialise as well as train hard.  We hold separate classes for children and adults, as the teaching methods for each are very different.  We find this works very well and the standard of all our students is very high.  Chris and Marie have found that having a male and female element instructing the classes is very advantageous, especially when teaching some of the younger students.


We occasionally are lucky enough to be able to have visiting Japanese instructors and seminars are held in Great Britain at least once a year.  We hold two ‘in-house’ competitions a year for our students and also offer the opportunity to enter outside competitions for those who want it.  We have enjoyed considerable success on the competition circuit in the past.


If you have any questions about your training or just general queries about karate please feel free to ask.


We would like to welcome you to our club, and hope that you will enjoy your training for years to come!