Park Mains High School, Park Mains, Erskine
Tel: +44(0)141-812-3978, Mobile: 07976-268518
Shitokai Erskine Website: www.shitoryu-erskine.co.uk
Shitokai Scotland Website: www.karateshitoryu.co.uk
Sensei McQueen 5th Dan
Along with being the Chief Instructor of the club responsible for the technical standards, Sensei McQueen is also the Technical Director of the Shitokai Scotland Association as well as its treasurer. As already stated in the main profile page for Sensei, as well as being a qualified British Karate Federation Referee and Kata Judge he is also a qualified European Karate Federation Kumite Referee & Kata Judge (the only double qualified International Referee in Scotland). He regularly referees throughout Britain and abroad, at local, national and international level and is therefore well qualified to pass on his knowledge in the competitive areas of both Kumite and Kata competition.
Sempai Jimmy Louden 3rd Dan
Sempai Louden is the longest serving member of the club having trained with the club for around 28 years since the club moved into the Dalmuir C.E. Centre . Sempai Louden is a fully qualified SKGB Level 2 Coach and is responsible for teaching the new senior students to a stage whereby they are able to cope with the more difficult techniques being taught in the main body of the Senior Class under the direct watchful eye of Sensei McQueen.
Sempai Brian Denholm 3rd Dan
Sempai Denholm has been training with Sensei McQueen since he began Karate having trained with the club for around 30 years since the club moved into the Dalmuir C.E. Centre . He is a fully qualified SKGB Level 2 Coach and he provides much needed support to Sensei McQueen by assisting with the instruction of the younger students. Sempai Denholm is also the Licensing Officer for the Shitokai Scotland Association, a thankless task which he carries out diligently.
PeeWee/Primary School Class
The club has a well established Pee Wee / Primary School class ranging in ages from 4 years up to 11 years of age. The session is for 55 minutes which is more than enough for the younger students. However slightly older and more capable students who are showing promise in any aspect and are training seriously may be invited to take part in additional training in the High School / Senior Class.
The club also has a well established High School / Senior Class. This class is expected to be much more serious in their attitude to their training. Normally each class will include training in basics (Kihon), sparring (Kumite) and forms (Kata). On some occasions we may spend more time than normal on one particular item, when Sensei needs to get a particular point across, or when students are enjoying the session so much they do not want to move on to something different.
Sessions with a self defence theme are also conducted regularly which is becoming more and more important
This is the class where all the hard work gets done. Basics (Kihon), Sparring (Kumite) and forms (Kata), as well as pad impact training and general fitness/flexibility sessions. Just trying to keep the many Shito-Ryu Kata familiar is a difficult task, as without repetition it is all too easy to forget the application (Bunkai) and sequence of moves associated with each Kata. There is no upper age limit to this class and it is open to both male and female students and is a great way to keep fit.