The instructor & family
Senshi Karate is run by Sensei Frank Jennings, a 2nd Dan black belt who has been training since 1996. Frank’s two daughters also train, one of whom is 1st Dan black belt, with the other looking to take her black belt over the next couple of years. Frank trains regularly with Sensei Craig Raye 5th Dan at Marshall Street in central London and Sensei Rob Richards 4th Dan at Chingford Tora. He also attends the KUGB-run black belt courses. In his time Frank has entered some competitions (and even won some medals).
Senshi & Karate
Senshi or 戦士 means warrior or combatant. It comprises the kanji 戦 (sen) meaning “war” and 士 (shi) meaning “A person with a certification”. It was originally connected with Samurai or warrior, who had a licence to kill. In Japanese they use “侍” or “士” for Samurai.
Karate or 空手 means empty hand. It comprises the kanji 空 (kara) meaning “empty” and 手 (te) meaning “hand”. Karate is an unarmed martial art with its routes in Okinawa and, before that, in China. It trains you to defend yourself not just through skilful technique but also through awareness which will hopefully save you from getting into conflict in the first place.
So Senshi Karate means warrior unarmed combat!
Senshi Karate is a not-for-profit club, affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain, Britain’s largest shotokan karate organisation. All gradings are conducted by KUGB senior examiners independent of Senshi Karate.