Avon and Somerset Force Karate Club (Kaizen)

The Avon and Somerset Kaizen Karate group was established in the summer of 2012. Practice takes place 17:30-19:30 every Tuesday in the (temporary) sports hall at Police HQ.

Each practice starts with 30 minutes of yoga before developing the skills required to practice the art of Shotokai karate – stances, attacks, kata and much more.

The Avon and Somerset practice is part of a number of South West Kaizen Groups:

  • Gloucestershire Police HQ
  • Charfield
  • Forest of Dean

The groups are part of the national Kaizen Organisation which enables members to meet for courses locally and across the UK. Those who practice pay monthly subscriptions to the club to cover insurance and subsidise members going to national courses etc.

The Avon and Somerset practice is taken by Kathryn Thorpe who is a 4th Dan with over 15 years experience. Practice in the South West is overseen by Adrian Baker, 5th Dan master, Technical Director of Kaizen international organisation with 40 years experience.

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