Shi Kon Community Outreach Programme

Shi Kon Community ProgrammeShi Kon Martial Arts has worked with outreach programmes since its inception as a Martial Arts club by Steve Rowe now 8th Dan in 1976 as a part of the Takamizawa Institute of Karate and becoming Shi Kon Martial Arts as an International association in 1988 buying its own headquarters and full time training centre in Chatham in 1996, becoming a City & Guilds accredited Coaching centre for NVQ’s and gaining Sport England and Medway Council’s ‘Clubmark’ Accreditation in 2010 through to this present day. The club and association has produced many champions in several arts and won many awards over the years with branches and seminars in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Portugal and Ireland.

The club based in Chatham currently has a student base of around 300 students, half at the full time centre and the other half in outreach programmes. It has a very diverse student base from all nationalities and a gender split of 50/50 male and female including the teaching staff with many female black belts and high grade teachers. In both the children and adult student base and teaching staff they have a wide variety of special needs.

The list of work over 40 years is too long to list but very recent and current programmes include:

  • In school and after school training programmes for 25 primary schools in Medway
  • Tai Chi and Qigong in the Rochester and Victory Care dementia homes in Rochester and Chatham
  • MEND graduates for 7 – 13yrs families to explore healthy lifestyles and for being active and give confidence and self esteem.
  • Kung Fu programmes for children with a variety of special needs
  • Tai Chi and Qigong for groups in Age Concern and the University of the 3rd Age
  • The Marlborough Centre working with children with autism

They also run many programmes from their other centres in Rochford Essex and Basingstoke Hants.

All Shi Kon coaches are Sport England ‘Clubmark’ and British Council for Chinese Martial Arts accredited, are at least black belt standard and are also:

  • Level 2 Coaches
  • First Aid qualified to HSE standard
  • Child Protection qualified
  • Carry individual Professional Indemnity insurance

The new Outreach Programme Co-ordinator is the eminently qualified Mikey Reynolds who is looking to set up funded programmes in his areas of expertise and qualification and include Tai Chi, Qigong, Kung Fu and exercise programmes for people with:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Fybromyalgia 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes 1 & 2
  • Mental health
  • Joint conditions such as knee & hip replacement & spinal fusion 
  • Wheel chair bound/ paraplegics

He also wants to bring all of the community from age 4 – OAP’s into physical activity programmes to include Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation.

For more information or to set up a programme contact Caroline Reynolds on 07784 301490 or email caz@shikon.com.

Call us on 07784 301490 or email caz@shikon.com