The Shotokan Karate-DO Association (SKA) is run by the respective members themselves. Every opinion is considered as we believe everyone has something to offer. However, the final decision is always taken by the chief instructor, Sensei Edward Aquilina.
Instruction is always done by qualified black belts and under the supervision of the senior instructors (Senseis – 3rd Dan and above).
The SKA is privileged to have several members with professional qualifications and experience in areas such as:
These members volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that the SKA has all appropriate policies and structures in place to enable it to run in a professional way to the benefit of its membership.
The SKA has worked to develop standards and guidelines to help ensure that its instructors teach in a safe and professional manner. These include:
Can anyone train with the SKA
The SKA caters for men, women, children and senior citizens equally, keeping in mind the respective needs and restrictions of each group. Anyone who is in reasonable health can train Karate. Serious training will guarantee improvement in health, self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. SKA students have a good reputation wherever they go, both locally and abroad. This is because of our disciplined training structure and the emphasis placed on attitude.
Costs of training with the SKA
Karate with the SKA is a reasonably inexpensive pursuit. The SKA membership fees are low compared to many other sports and hobbies. The main equipment needed is a Karate suit (a gi) and some protection equipment. As the SKA is sponsored by one of the top Karate equipment brands – Tokaido – all necessary equipment can be bought from the association itself at wholesale price.
The benefits of Karate training with the SKA
The utmost benefits gained through training Karate with the SKA are the ones directly related to the actual martial art. Physically karate is an excellent activity for the body. This is applicable to all ages and genders. Karate builds tremendous strength through stronger bones and muscles, and also stamina. It especially helps the body to become less susceptible to sickness and injury. Karate is proved to help in dealing with the many life challenges faced in today’s society. Commitment, Self-control, Patience, Honesty, Courage, Good manners and Discipline are only a few of the benefits gained through serious practice. Such values are beneficial in all aspects of life throughout.
SKA is always striving in providing opportunities for its members to continuously develop in authentic Shotokan Karate. Senior students travel outside Malta in search of the best Shotokan masters. We believe that the higher the level achieved by the senior grades, the higher the instruction level would be.
Students are entitled to take grading examinations after set periods of training and on recommendation by their respective instructor. The gradings are conducted by the association’s senior instructors; this helps maintain a uniform National standard. There is a grading syllabus for all levels.
First Aid and Child Safety
The association has its own Doctor and Physiotherapist, both willing to offer their professional advice whenever required in the dojo. In the unlikely event that a member suffers an injury during training, a number of qualified first aiders are always available to offer their immediate support.
All children are supervised by two dedicated Child Protection Officers, who are also Police officers in their everyday lives.
Information for club members
Information is regularly displayed on the SKA website (www.shotokanmalta.com) and shared on the respective Facebook page (www.facebook.com/shotokanmalta). A closed Facebook group also exists for the sharing of more specific information. Urgent information may also be passed via sms.
For further information feel free to visit our Contact Us section, where a representative will tackle any of your queries to the best of their abilities.