Programme 2021

Here is the exciting, one-of-a-kind schedule for SHOTORAMA 2021!

This year we are running a single plenary session (which has everyone together) followed by 5 parallel ‘streams’, and you will need to select and sign up for one stream only, following it throughout. In previous years there was a total free choice, but this is a compromise for trying to run during the coronavirus pandemic – even if the rules allow it, limiting mixing is still prudent.

Please read through the workshop descriptions below and choose the stream you want to take part in, before heading over to the bookings page. It’s that simple!

Important note! While each stream has a ‘suggested level’ in the description, this is a only a guideline and not an actual restriction. We trust that you will be sensible when signing up, and you can of course check with us or your own instructor if you are in any doubt. For more advanced students under 14 who will be better placed in the adult streams, this is ok (again, you are welcome to discuss with us before booking).

OK, here we go:


Even though this year has forced us towards a shortened event, we still follow the unique, tried-and-true shotorama formula: we begin by training all together, before separating into specialised workshops, and coming back together to finish the day.

SHOTORAMA 2021 live event:
Saturday 11th September
13:00 – 13:10 Welcome
13:10 – 14:10 Plenary Session (everyone)
14:10 – 14:20 Break
14:20 – 15:00 Workshops Round 1
15:00 – 15:10 Break
15:10 – 15:50 Workshops Round 2
15:50 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 16:40 Workshops Round 3
16:40 – 17:00 Farewell

And after the LIVE EVENT on saturday 11th is done, don’t forget our FREE ONLINE EVENT on Sunday with the founders of shotorama!

SHOTORAMA 2021 online event:
Sunday 12th September
14:00 – 14:45 – Welcome and General Session
14:45 – 14:50 – Break
14:50 – 15:20 – Workshop 1: Plenty more Efficiency in the Sea
15:20 – 15:25 – Break
15:25 – 15:55 – Workshop 2: Relativity in motion (and time)
15:55 – 16:00 – Farewell

We invite all attendees for an informal chat after the finish; share your thoughts & feedback, and ask all your shotorama & karate questions 🙂


RED Stream. Junior (14 or under)

1. Kara-TBD
The opening junior workshop from Sensei Chris to start the day in the right way.

2. It’ll be Fight or Flight on the Night
A kumite-based workshop from Sensei Jazz with a difference! You already know the moves, but it’s important not to forget how your mind works with your body!

3. Action (and Reaction) Spectacular!
A fun workshop from Sensei Adam to finish the day. He is bringing… equipment.

BLUE Stream. Suggested level: Kyu Grades

1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Bunkai
A reversal of the usual timeline from Sensei John, beginning with applications and challenging students to discover their place in the kata they may already know. Bring meaning to your techniques by starting from the end!

2. What’s in a Stance?
Sensei Avi offers an examination of some of the stances of shotokan as they appear in kata, unpacking not what they are, but rather what they mean, and how to interpret their use beyond just trying to hit the right pose.

3. The Route of All Evil (Karate Habits)
Performance of kata requires shap and fast transitions, and optimal preparation can make the difference between getting there on time or not. Sensei Jazz leads this workshop focussing on transition and preparation for kata, and moving explosively from static.

GREEN Stream. Suggested level: All Grades

1. How to be an (Karate) Eco-Warrior
In the process of moving through positions and combinations, conservation of energy makes for faster and more efficient action. Sensei Avi shines the spotlight on the softer, more technical side of body mechanics for maximally effective karate.

2. The First Rule, and Then Two More Rules
Sensei Neil presents his legendary (in his club) ‘First Rule’ of karate, and reveals rules two and three, giving an intuitive guide to how to think about confrontation without having to worry about what attack is coming and using illustrative drills from kumite and kata.

3. The Difference That Makes The Difference
A technical workshop from Sensei Chris which goes deep into the world of body mechanics, and how to understand and find the alignment that ‘just works’ – the extra inch that takes you the extra mile.

ORANGE Stream. Suggested level: Brown and Black Belts

1. Elastic to Your Guns
One of the original workshops from Sensei Neil, evolving each year, looking at moving beyond the rigid postures of basic techniques and using the body’s natural elasticity to improve transitions and to give faster snapping techniques.

2. The Ins and Outs of kumite (and not being there in the first place)
Sensei Adam brings evasion to the forefront, looking at the role and importance of tai sabaki. Through a number of kumite drills, the majestic art of ‘getting out of the way’ is combined with takedown counters for a fun and cunning exploration of positioning.

3. Tokui Waza
At intermediate and advanced level, most karateka specialise in a small repertoire of techniques. Sensei John reprises his over-subscribed workshop from 2019, working with the group to develop their specialty techniques.

PURPLE Stream. Suggested level: Dan Grades

1. Kata: What it’s All About, and Does it Really Work?
Sensei Adam threatens to ‘open a can of worms’ (his own words!) regarding kata interpretation, taking a critical and analytical look at some kata combinations and asking whether they really work. Which kata will you be using in a real-life self-defense situation?

2. Curiosity Fills the Kata
Sensei John brings us another ‘off-label’ kata, Hachimon, from the wider world of karate outside the regular shotokan canon. A fascinating challenge for advanced karateka, including learning the form and some of the key lessons.

3. Mind Games and Time Traps
A playful and irreverent workshop from Sensei Neil, going through a number of timing and improvisational games designed to challenge and infuriate you right out of your comfort zone. 

So that’s it! Once you’ve decided the stream for you, head right on over to our booking page where you will get final instructions on how to become one of our favourite people (hint: its buying a ticket)!

Way to go! Well done you.