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Graham Furniss

Shoshin Kai Self-Defence Instructor

07454 397755


I currently hold the grade of black belt in karate and I continue to train in Kyokushinkai (full contact karate) and Eskrima (Filipino combat system). I teach and train with an open mind and look at what works for individual students and what is practical as self-defence. We aim to teach students correct striking, punching, kicking and blocking techniques, develop flowing foot work, awareness of surrounding’s and avoidance.

Shoshin is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning "beginner's mind". It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would. The term is especially used in the study of Zen Buddhism and Japanese martial arts. The phrase is also used in the title of the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by the Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki, who says the following about the correct approach to Zen practice: In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few.  Shoshin also means "correct truth" and is used to denote a genuine signature on art works or to refer to anything or person that is genuine.

If you wish to find out more then please contact me via phone or email or better still come down and take part in a class.


Shoshin Kai Self-Defence System

Shoshin Self-defence is based on practical self-defence using the disciplined structure of a traditional karate class but focusing on what works in a street environment. Students will benefit from fitness, confidence, concentration and respect. Shoshin Self-defence runs two types of class.

A family class which is open to anyone from 6yrs upward and an adult only class which is for 16yrs and above for more intense training. Beginners are always welcome – regardless of experience and fitness levels.

There is a one off registration fee of £20 that is to be paid on your second training session.

£5.00 per person

Family class (children 5 years plus)

Class Times


14:00 - 15:30

Shoshin Self - Defence


18:30 - 20:00

Shoshin Self - Defence

Our Location

Rochester Dance Junction -

681 Maidstone Road - Rochester - Kent - ME1 3QJ