Jim, a former Ukasko Scottish and British champion, is the chief instructor and head kumite coach of Yamakai. Starting the association in 1986, he has lead the club to success at regional, national and international competitions.
Greg is an SKGB Scottish and British champion who has trained at Yamakai since he was 5 years old. He has since became one of the most successful competitors the club has ever produced
Julie, a former X and X champion, is the Chief Kata coach of Yamakai. She has committed the past X years to developing the next wave of competitive kata enthusiasts.
Marc is an SKGB Scottish and British champion who has trained at Yamakai since he was 5 years old. He has since became one of the most successful competitors the club has ever produced
John is one of the club's principle tatami chiefs, who has served the group for 15 years; as well as playing a key role in the refereeing at regional, national and international events.
Ross is a former X and X champion who has trained at Yamakai since he was 5 years old. He has since went on to become a respected and knowledgeable kumite and data coach; as well as becoming one of the principle referees.
Saturday, November 18th 2017
We are delighted to announce that our chief kumite instructor, Jim Ross, has been awarded the Performance Coach of the Year at the South Lanarkshire Sport and Culture awards 2017. Way to go, Jim!
Friday, November 10th 2017
The following classes have been cancelled over the festive period:
Apologies for any inconvenience this causes. If you would still like to train over the festive period, 1-to-1 sessions are still available. Please contact us for further details.
Crime is on the rise. Are you able enough to defend yourself? In a real-world scenario, avoiding conflict is the best means of escape from a sticky situation. But occasionally you have no choice. Would you be able to stand your ground long enough to make good your escape?
If self defence isn't much of a worry for you, why not consider it a workout? The Advanced classes are as much about physical fitness as they are technique. These classes often focus on circuit training, resistence, strength, core, cardio and stamina. If you're feeling the January blues and are guilty about all the mince pies you've had over the festive period. Yamakai Karate has the perfect solution.
Come along to any one of the classes you feel would suit you, or give us a call if you're not sure and we'll happily to assist you in finding your ideal class.
For your first few weeks, come to class in a plain t-shirt and joggers. Please refrain from wearing restrictive clothing such as jeans and children under the age of 18 should not wear shorts.
Once you're settled and have decided to stay, we can recommend a number of both budget and premium suppliers of Gi and other equipment you'll need for training.
To every class you should also bring a water-based drink, as classes can be physically intensive and it is important to stay hydrated.
Yamakai is one of the most friendly karate clubs in Scotland, it's very welcoming and enjoyable. It's also a great source for fitness and a great place to make friends.
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