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New Forest Karate was founded in 1994 by Sensei Dave Crawford and Sensei Ellie Bainbridge and is now known as New Forest Martial Arts.

New Forest Martial Arts offers a wide variety of classes around the New Forest and Southampton areas including Applemore, Hythe, Blackfield, Marchwood, Totton, and New Milton. Our club is friendly with experienced approachable instructors and offers something for everyone. We offer classes in Karate, Jiu-Jitsu and Tai Chi, having been established for many years we bring vast experience in dealing with both adults and children with a wide range of needs, we are determined to help children and adults learn to defend themselves and feel it has never been more necessary than it is today.

Karate is primarily about defence but we also insist on discipline in the dojo (training hall), newcomers will be eased in to the etiquette required of them but within a few weeks most juniors will settle in and have a good idea of how things are run. 



Dojo etiquette


On entering the Dojo (training hall) for the first time we ask you to adhere to a few basic rules as etiquette and safety are important aspects of your karate training:

  • Always address Sensei and Sempai by their titles, denoting respect and loyalty for your instructors and the discipline of Karate.

  • Always bow into the dojo on entering and leaving the dojo.

  • If entering the dojo during a lesson wait in at the entrance in Seiza until Sensei gives you permission to enter, then you may bow and come in.

  • You must not leave the dojo during class without permission from sensei.

  • Always train in bare feet unless a medical condition dictates otherwise.

  • Hands and feet to be kept clean including fingernails and toenails.

  • Never talk over your instructor’s tuition and stand in formal stance during instruction.

  • Do not lean on walls or sit down during a class unless told to do so.

  • Do not eat, drink or chew anything in the Dojo. If you wish to have a drink then you must ask permission to leave the Dojo.

  • All jewellery, watches, wrist bands are to be removed or covered whilst training to minimise the risk of injury.

  • No T-shirts to be worn under the gi (white suit) except by girls and women who may wear a plain white T-shirt. During extremely cold weather boys may wear a plain white vest.

  • All other students should be treated with respect and consideration.

  • The karate Gi should be clean and ironed at every training session and should have the club logo.

  • Bad language is not permitted in the Dojo.

  • All equipment to be treated with respect.

  • Always do your best!



Belt grades

Our grading belt colour structure compares moulding a students character with growing and nurturing a tree.

White = You need a clear vessel

Red = You need rich soil.

Yellow = You need to plant the seed..

Orange = You need sunlight.

Green = The shoot appears.

Blue = You need to water it.

Purple = Growth happens under the night sky.

Brown = The new tree.

Brown with one Black tag = Ageing of the tree.

Brown with two Black tags = Further ageing.

Black = The mature tree.

With many years of training the Black belt will turn white to re start the process.






ichi one
ni two
san three
shi (yon) four
go five
roku six
shichi (nana) seven
hachi eight
kyu nine
ju ten
hyaku one hundred


go hard
ju soft
ryu style
kara empty
te hand
sensei teacher
ki spirit inner power
kiai shout used to unite inner power and ki
dan level
jodan upper level
chudan middle level
gedan lower level
hidari left
migi right
mawate turn
kawaru change
hito person
rei bow
yoi ready
kamae combative posture
hajime begin
yame stop
kime focus
mokuso meditation


dachi/tachi stance
heisoku dachi closed foot stance (feet together)
musubi dachi formal attention stance (heels together, feet at an angle)
uchi hachiji dachi toes turned in stance
heiko dachi parallel stance (feet shoulder width apart)
hachiji dachi natural stance (feet shoulder width apart, toes slightly pointed out)
shiko dachi straddle leg stance
zenkutsu dachi front stance (back knee drops down to front heel)
renoji dachi the letter “re” stance
neko ashi dachi cat foot stance
sanchin dachi hourglass stance (back toes in line with front heel)
han zenkutsu dachi half front stance (back knee drop down to front toes)
kokutsu dachi back stance
sesan dachi side facing straddle stance
zori ashi dachi like sanchin but both feet straight
kosa dachi crossing stance
t suri ashi dachi crane stance (Rohai)
sugi ashi dachi crane stance (Seiunchin and Rohai)
gankaku dachi crane stance (Rohai)

Hand Techniques

tsuki punch or thrust
nakadaka ippon ken middle finger knuckle fist
ippon ken first finger knuckle fist
kuma de bear hand
empi/hiji elbow.
tora tsuki tiger hand
kizame tsuki leading punch, jab
oi tsuki lunge punch
gyaku tsuki reverse punch
ura tsuki short punch (palm side up)
age tsuki rising punch
mawashi tsuki round hook punch
heiko tsuki parallel punch
shotei/teisho tsuki palm heel thrust
seiken tsuki fore fist strike
nukite tsuki finger thrust
koken bent wrist strike
ura ken uchi back fist strike
shuto uchi knife hand srike
hiji uchi/ate elbow strike/smash
tettsui uchi bottom fist strike
shotei/teisho uchi palm heel strike
tsukame grab

Foot Techniques

geri kick
ashi foot/leg
josokutei ball of the foot
sokuto foot edge
kakato heel
haisoku instep
tsumasaki tip of the toe
hiza knee
mae geri (kaegi) front snap kick
mae geri (kekomi) front thrust kick
mawashi geri round house kick
ushiro geri back thrust kick
yoko geri (keagi) side snap kick
yoko geri (kekomi) side thrust kick
kakato fumi geri stamping kick, joint kick
hiza geri knee kick
tatami mawashi geri floor rounhouse
ashi barai foot sweep
mae tobi geri jumping front kick
yoko tobi geri jumping side thrust kick
mikazuki geri crescent kick

Blocking Techniques

uke block
age uke (jodan) rising block
chudan uke outside circular block
chudan uchi uke inside forearm block
gedan barai downward parry
hiki uke pulling/grasping block
kake uke open handed block
shuto uke knife hand block
shotei uke palm heel block
ko uke wrist block
ura uke back hand block
uchi uke inside forarm block
morote uke augmented block (double handed)
mawashi uke round house block
tora guchi double handed open-hand circular block
hiji uke elbow block
hiza uke knee block
Wakarimasen I do not understand

Opening Ceremony

Head Student: shugo line up
Head Student: ki o tsuke attention
Head Student: seiza kneel
Head Student: mokuso meditation
Head Student: mokuso yame finish meditation
Head Student: shomen ni face front
Head Student: rei bow
Head Student: sensei ni face instructor
Head Student: rei bow
Head Student: otaga ni to each other
Head Student: rei bow
Head Student: kiritsu stand up

Closing Class

Head Student: ki o tsuke attention
Head Student: seiza kneel
Head Student: mokuso meditation
Head Student: mokuso yame finish meditation
Head Student: shomen ni face front
Head Student: rei bow
Head Student: sensei ni teacher
Head Student: rei bow
Head Student: otaga ni to each other
Head Student: rei bow
Head Student: kiritsu stand up