About The Club

The Phoenix

The Phoenix was the name of the first location of the P.S.K.O. club run by Sensei Fletch from the 1980’s through to the early 2000’s. The Phoenix symbol was then, and is now, very much the heart and soul of the Organisation.

The Phoenix represents the cycle of life, the old that turns into the new. Rising above adversity, it is the change, hope and growth that continues throughout life.

Dojo Rules

  1. No eating, drinking, chewing gum or smoking in the Dojo.
  2. No jewellery to be worn whilst training.
  3. Bow upon entering and leaving the Dojo.
  4. Show absolute obedience to your instructors during training.
  5. Long hair must be tied back.
  6. When resting sit cross-legged.
  7. Do not be late for training.
  8. Call your instructor Sensei (pronounced Sen-say).
  9. Do not leave the class without permission from the instructor.
  10. Respect to all other students must be shown at all times.
  11. Misuse of one’s Karate knowledge may result in temporary (or permanent) suspension from the PSKO.


Gradings are held every 4 months and are open to all club members. They offer a chance to measure progress for both the student and their instructors. Here is the belt system used by the club:

10th Kyu (Beginners)White
9th KyuRed
8th KyuYellow
7th KyuOrange
6th KyuGreen
5th KyuBlue
4th KyuPurple
3rd KyuBrown
2nd KyuBrown + 1 white stripe
1st KyuBrown + 2 white stripes
1st Dan (Shodan)Black

Depending on their attendance and proficiency students from 10th Kyu to 2nd Kyu are eligible to grade every 4 months. 1st Kyu and 1st Dan grades require a minimum of 8 months training each. After this further Dan grades are held less regularly and involve intensive training over a period of years. For example, at least 2 years of training is required for 2nd Dan, 3 years for 3rd Dan and so on. Nobody is guaranteed to pass a grading!

Gradings comprise the three physical key elements of Karate: Kihon, Kata and Kumite. These are assessed according to the grading syllabus devised by the instructors. Gradings become increasingly more challenging as the student progresses and are there to offer a unique challenge to all who participate. All students are encouraged to take part however they are not compulsory.

Student of the Month

At the end of every Month we take the opportunity to remember that continuous effort and individual progress is an important part of our student’s journey to learning Shotokan Karate. We recognize and celebrate those individuals who demonstrate this effort during training and show good character traits such as teamwork, communication, respect, integrity and perseverance.


Karate is a Japanese Martial Art, so students are required to learn the Japanese terminology. This will happen naturally as they progress in their classes, but here is a list of common terms and their translations:

DojoTraining HallDojo KunDojo code
YameFinishGiKarate Suit
KiaiShoutKihonBasic techniques
OssRespectful acknowledgementJodanHead
ChudanMiddle bodyGedanLower body
Zenkutsu dachiFront stanceKiba dachiSide / Horse stance
Shiko dachiOpen leg / Sumo stanceKokutsu dachiBack stance
Gedan baraiDownward blockAge ukeRising block
Soto ukeOutside blockUchi ukeInside block
Shuto ukeKnife hand blockTate Shuto ukeVertical knife hand block
Nagashi ukeSweeping blockHaishu ukeBack hand block
Empi ukeElbow blockJuji ukeX block
Morote ukeAugmented blockKakewake ukeWedge block
Oi tsukiStepping punchKizami tsukiFront hand punch
Gyaku tsukiReverse hand punchKagi tsukiHook punch
Ren tsukiTwo punch comboSanbon tsukiThree punch combo
Age empi uchiRising elbow strikeYoko empi uchiSide elbow strike
Mawashi empi uchiRoundhouse elbow strikeUshiro empi uchiReverse elbow strike
Tate empi uchiDownward elbow strikeShuto uchiKnife hand strike
Uraken uchiBack fist strikeTetsui uchiHammer fist strike
NukiteSpear hand thrustTeisho uchiPalm heel strike
Haito uchiRidge hand strike
Mae geriFront kickYoko geri keageSide snap kick
Yoko geri kekomiSide thrust kickMawashi geriRoundhouse kick
Ushiro geriReverse kickHiza geriKnee kick
Ren geriKicking combos
Sanbon kumiteThree step sparringGohon kumiteFive step sparring
Kihon Ippon KumiteBasic one step sparringJiyu Ippon KumiteSemi-freestyle sparring
Kaishi Ippon KumiteReaction sparringJiyu KumiteFreestyle sparring