As I may have mentioned in previous posts, I work within the criminal justice sector and currently study Shotokan Karate (Shodan).
Whilst I enjoy the training in Shotokan, the issues it raises when it comes to self protection (mainly in the way it is taught here in Kent) are numerous and I just cannot find a dojo where they teach it in a practical, self protection way. Everything is taught at sparring distance rather than right up close and personal. Every dojo (it seems) teaches it for sport competition which is not what I want it for, I am not interested in competition titles, at my age I am passed that!
This has led me to looking into different martial arts, trouble is, I like my Karate, I tried Kung Fu and other forms but just can't get to grips with them. It sounds like there are dojo's out there in the UK who teach Karate how I want to learn it, but they just are not in my area (Canterbury/Thanet).
Any suggestions on where I can find somewhere to train?