New karate club opens in South Shields after longtime instructor returns


Larry Inskip, a head instructor who taught karate in the UK and Spain for 47 years, is back at South Shields set to open a new karate club later this month.

The 69-year-old opened Wado-Ryu Karate Kai in South Shields in 1994. The club was very successful and boasted over 22 1st Dan black belts. The club closed in 2006 when Larry moved to Spain.

The new club, Shotai Kai Martial Arts, begins at Whiteleas Community Centre, Hogarth Road on Wednesday February 23 at 7 p.m. Beginners of all ages are encouraged to join and the club will offer a range of lessons to suit everyone. Sessions are €5.

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Larry and a bunch of martial artists revamped the style. They have been training for the past few months putting the finishing touches on the SHOTAI KAI – AITE MAS system which was developed from the tradition of Wado Ryu Karate with the addition of various self-defense and other methods of self-defense. ‘coaching. Since Aite Mas stands for “Open Style”, many techniques have been added, none have been removed.

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The new karate club will be led by fully qualified instructors including Larry Inskip (7th Dan), Erik Butchert, Lee Bates and Trish Blakley (all 5th Dan) who have over 175 years of martial arts experience and training between them.

Larry said, “We know a thing or two! Two of us are old but not obsolete and that’s why part of this new system has been specially designed for the elderly person.

“The idea for this new approach was through confinement. Having to train at home and with the time that confinement provided was the seed that gave birth to my approach and new systems, practical training and practical applications. We believe we can offer something for all ages and levels. We would love to see new students as well as some of our former students returning to the club. It’s a great way to keep form, learn to defend themselves and increase their general well-being.

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