Welcome

 

Welcome to the official website of Chris Ewing Karate Club. If you are a casual visitor or a club member we hope you find the site both interesting and informative.

 

About Us [top]

 

Here at Chris Ewing Karate Club (CEK) we train in the style of karate known as Wado-Kai which is a blend of traditional Japanese Karate and Jujitsu.

 

CEK recently resigned from the Scottish Karate Federation after forming their own independent federation (CEK Association) which is affiliated to the Scottish Karate Governing Body and is regulated by Disclosure Scotland.

 

Instructor (top)

 

Chris Ewing started karate in 1986 aged 6 at Meadowbank Karate Group run by Hamish Adam 8th Dan. Chris progressed through the various 'Kyu' grades and received his black belt 1st Dan in 1994, his 2nd Dan followed in 2001, 3rd Dan in 2005 and has recently passed his technical assessment for his current 4th Dan.

 

During Chris' 25+ years of karate he has won many titles including the Scottish, British, European  and Commonwealth Championships. It was after achieving his Scottish All Styles (heavy weight) and Wado European Champion (heavy weight) titles that Chris decided to retire from the national squad and to take up coaching.

 

History (top)

 

2005 saw Chris open his first club in Portobello Community Centre. As the years have passed his reputation has grown and now has clubs in over nine different areas of Edinburgh and the Lothian’s. All Chris's clubs continue to do well and grow.

CEK has various classes ranging from junior kids & advanced kids / adults to dedicated kata & Kumite (fighting) classes.

Children are accepted at the clubs from the age of 4 upwards and parents of the children are always welcome to stay and watch or better still join and learn the art of Karate. For current club locations and class times please refer to the class details page found here.

 

Grading Structure (top)

 

The Scottish Karate Federation have set a grading syllabus that all junior members sit to progress through their grades. The first two grades; yellow and orange belts are achieved during normal class time and are classed as encouragement grades which are not to difficult to achieve and do not have a fee set against them. For upper grades of junior green, blue, purple and brown belts a formal grading examination is required along with the member holding a current Scottish Karate Federation issued licence, renewed yearly. These grades are held every three months and a nominal fee is set against this which covers the grading examination along with the awarded belt if achieved. After completion of the the junior grades your child will move to the formal 'Kyu' grade system which is the same level as required by an adult member, these examinations are also held every three months and again has a nominal fee covering the examination and new coloured belt if achieved.

 

The gradings to be achieved are as follows:

 

Kids

 

White Belt

(Beginner)

 

 

Junior Yellow Belt

 

 

 

Junior Orange Belt

 

 

Junior Green Belt

 

 

Junior Blue Belt

 

 

Junior Purple Belt

 

 

Junior Brown Belt

 

 

8th Kyu -

Brown Belt Yellow Tag

 

7th Kyu -

Brown Belt Orange Tag

 

6th Kyu -

Brown Belt Green Tag

 

5th Kyu -

Brown Belt Blue Tag

 

4th Kyu -

Brown Belt Purple Tag

 

3rd Kyu-

Brown Belt 1 Red Tag

 

2nd Kyu -

Brown Belt 2 Red Tags

 

1st Kyu-

Brown Belt Black Tag

 

1st Dan -

Black Belt

Adults

 

9th Kyu -

White Belt

 

8th Kyu -

Yellow Belt

 

7th Kyu -

Orange Belt

 

6th Kyu -

Green Belt

 

5th Kyu -

Blue Belt

 

4th Kyu -

Purple Belt

 

3rd Kyu-

Brown Belt

 

2nd Kyu -

Brown Belt

 

1st Kyu-

Brown Belt

 

1st Dan -

Black Belt

After progressing through junior and Senior Kyu grades your child will be eligible to sit their Dan grade (black belt) examination. However in addition to having held the position of 1st Kyu (Brown belt black tag for a minimum of 6 months all students will also require a minimum of 20 attendance stamps from competitions in their licence books.

 

Benefits [top]

 

Karate is a fun and useful sport it can help children who have social or confidence issues and the kids are often required to support each other and build up team and club spirit. They will make new friends and might see a few familiar faces from their school classes as Chris works with all the Active Schools Co-ordinator's in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Often Chris takes part in Lothian Health Weeks by giving taster sessions at many Primary Schools. The training sessions also provide a positive outlet for excess or built up energy. More importantly it is an excellent way for your child to increase their fitness and have fun while doing so. We regularly attend competitions, and this builds up the child's confidence. If a child shows promise and dedication then they will be picked for Chris' "Elite" fighting team. This can take them all over Great Britain and Europe, which is a wonderful opportunity and learning experience. To fund these trips we hold regular fund raising events and we reward the children with "Fun Days" out. Chris Ewing Karate is always keen to hear from any kind of sponsors and this will be recognised on the children's sports kit (joggers, t-shirts and hoodies) at competitions.

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