Medals at P.A.K.T.

On Sunday the 13th of October members of the Shin ai do Karate club took part in a Practical Applied Karate Tournament (PAKT) in Watford. This competition is unique in that it focuses on the self defence aspect of Karate, including not only Kata (forms) but also their practical use. The latter being tested on both a compliant and non-nompliant attacker, giving it a more realistic feel. Participants can test their punching skills on pads and in fighting. When fighting there are two options – regular competition rules and “vertical grappling”, where opponents start from a clinch.


Raquel, Chloe and Alix took part in three of the five challenges: Kata, Kata applications and pad work. Bringing back an array of medals! All of them managed to win Gold in at least one event. Whilst winning Silver and Bronze medals in other categories.

Alix – Gold in Kata, Silver in application and Bronze in Pad work.

Chloe – Gold in Applications, Silver in Kata and Silver in Pad work.

Raquel – Gold in Kata, Silver in applications and Bronze in pad work.

What is most impressive about their success is that some of them managed to overcome their limitations, both mental and physical, and competed against fully able competitors.


Our club, in cooperation with the Aspire Project, started inclusive classes in the Guildford area with focus on students suffering with mental ill health. Karate For Mental Health helps people regain their confidence and self belief, helping them to achieve things they never thought possible and challenge themselves in a variety of ways.

This club is run by Sensei Les Bubka at the QE Park Centre and always welcomes new members of all abilities. For more information please visit

Karate drills – Pad Work

Pad work is one of the best training methods in karate, allows you to work on distance, timing, speed, precision and power. On last session we went through some of our drills, focus was on flowing combinations.


About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing.