Sensei Lee James Bennett began training in kyokushin karate in 1987, fast forward 18 years having just completed his time training in Sweden over a period of 3 years, and came back to Wales to promote the Kyokushin Way. In order to make this happen, he joined forces with his brother Senpai Spencer Bennett and opened the doors to the public to teach the full contact karate style.
Both Brothers have numerous nation and international full contact titles, competing all over the world, including placing in a world tournament in Japan.
Their vision was to create a club which could compete with the dominating force of Eastern Europe and Japan.
The club over the past 10 years, have sent fighters all over Europe and Asia, gain lots experience and success. The Club has created Welsh, English, British & European champions within its 10 year life span & instructors Sensei Lee & Spencer are current members of the British kyokushinkai, Great Britain full contact team.
Lee & Spencer have also be congratulated for work done within the community by the Vale of Glamorgan Mayor.
The Club is also run by Senpai Ian Nicholas who began his kyokushin karate journey in 1977, his through approach to the kyokushin curriculum, gives all new and current students a great foundation in this strong art
About Kyokushin Karate
The Kyokushinkaikan follow the Karate way of building character and training the mind and body to contribute to society, based on Sosai Mas Oyama's Kyokushin spirit “Keep your head low (modesty), eyes high (ambition), mouth shut (serenity); base yourself on filial piety and benefit others.”
The Kanku is the symbol of Kyokushinkai Karate. Derived from the Kanku Kata, its points represent the fingers and have the meaning of the ultimate or peaks.
The thicker sections of the design imply power and serve to represent the wrists. The centre of the Kanku, which also implies depth, represents infinity. Continuity and circular action is denoted by the enclosing circle with the Kanku as a whole being base.
Kyoku: ultimate, Shin: truth or reality, Kai: to meet, join, and associate
The Kyokushin Karate Dojo Kun was written by Sosai Mas Oyama with the aid of Eiji Yoshikawa, author of the novel " Miyamoto Musashi", and is recited at the end of every training session. Lined up in belt order and seated in seiza, students repeat each line as it is spoken by a senior member of the dojo.