About the club

ABOUT THE CLUB
If you are new to Karate, or a visitor from another club, there are some things you might want to know about us. 
Sensei Terry Irving started the club in 1976 in a small village called Stock just outside of Billericay in Essex.
In the mid 1980`s the club moved from Stock to St Michaels Church Hall in Benfleet where it has been ever since, hence why the club is named Stock SKC.
We are affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) the single largest Karate organisation in the UK since 1966.
To find out more about the KUGB click on the link below.
AIM OF THE CLUB
The aim of the club is to teach a martial art that is interesting, challenging and will help raise your self esteem, self awareness and self confidence and provide you with a first class method of self defence.
AGES
We accept Children from 6 years old, there is no upper age limit, but you will need a doctors certificate if you are over 65 years old.
TRAINING SESSIONS
We are open 3 nights a week.
On Monday and Thursday night`s we hold two lessons.
The first class is for children only and the second class is for adults and teenagers.
We also train on Tuesday night`s and this is a mixed class of children and adults.
See our Location and Training times page for more details.
Karate is a contact sport and though strict rules apply in relation to the level and nature of contact, accidents happen. You must be aware before hand that you will be experiencing physical contact.
LICENCES
For the purpose of insurance, members are expected to obtain a KUGB licence after 3 training sessions with the club.
It is renewable annually and provides limited insurance cover in the unlikely event of injury during the training session. There is no club joining fee, and you only pay when you train.
GRADINGS
We have 3 club gradings a year, these are held at the club and we often have visiting clubs come and grade with us.
The club gradings are for students of all grades up to 1st Kyu and are conducted by an independent examiner but are not compulsory.
When students are ready to take their Black Belt grading, they have to attend one of the Free Black and Brown Belt Courses that are held through-out the Country.
On the course they will have a Free training session, with some of the top Instructors within the KUGB and the world. After the lesson the grading will begin for students taking 1st and 2nd Dan.
Students who want to grade for 3rd Dan and above can only grade at one of the Free special Dan Courses held through-out the year.
ADMINISTRATION
At the heart of the club is Ann, our administor and club secretary she assists in the general smooth running of the club. Karate suits and other safety equipment can be purchased through her. This leaves the Instructors at the club free to concentrate on teaching the class.
DOJO RULES

 TO BE OBSEVED BY ALL KARATE-KA 

  1. Members should train twice a week. 

  2. Gi`s must be keep clean and in GOOD condition.

  3. You must pay attention to your personal hygiene. Finger and toe nails must be kept clean and short.

  4. Jewellery must not be worn during training. If it can not be removed, it must be coved with tape or sticking plaster.

  5. Karate-Ka are expected to bow when entering or leaving the Dojo.

  6. “OSS” Is an expression of respect in the Dojo and is used in various situations eg: 

  • UPON RECEIVING ADVICE OR INSTRUCTION FROM THE SENSEI OR IN GENERAL HAVING SPOKEN WITH ANOTHER KARATE-KA.

  • BOWING BEFORE AND AT THE END OF CLASS.

  • BOWING TO A PARTNER.

  • IN ANY OTHER APPROPRIATE SITUATION, PARTICULARY DURING A GRADING OR AT COMPETITIONS.

  1. Address any Instructor as Sensei whilst in the Dojo.

  2. Karate-Ka arriving late must take up a kneeling position at the front of the class and await permisson from the Sensei before joining the class.

  3. Members are not to smoke, chew, spit, swear or engage in anything that is likely to offend the etiquette of the Dojo.

  4. Karate-Ka may not leave the class before gaining permission from the Sensei. Unless in an emergency.

  5. Application for a licence from the K.U.G.B must be made after 3 lessons.

  6. Karate-Ka are forbidden from using their skills in an offensive manner in or outside of the Dojo. Karate-Ka may use their skills when acting in defence of themselves or another.

    ANY FORCE USED MUST BE ONLY SUCH FORCE AS IS REASONABLE IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES.