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conditionCOMBAT is the first Shotokan Karate and Combat academy for Ladies only in Kuwait, with affiliation with the Japan Karate Association.
Incorporating traditional Shotokan Karate, real-life Self-Defence and Combat techniques, as well as Combat Fitness Training, conditionCOMBAT aims to build the all-around female fighter.

JKA (Japan Karate Association) is the World’s largest and most prestigious Karate organisation, the recognised heir to the Shotokan Karate tradition, and with branches in over 100 countries.
Operating under JKA-Kuwait branch, conditionCOMBAT and JKA-Kuwait are the only authorised Karate schools in Kuwait that provide World recognised diplomas directly from Tokyo.
conditionCOMBAT is the only way to guarantee the highest standards of quality, expertise, safety, and tradition. Providing training and ranking systems certified from Japan, conditionCOMBAT offers training to all levels of Karate-ka.

“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants” – Gichin Funakoshi (founder of Shotokan Karate)


Instructor Name: Manayer Y. Salmeen
Training Shotokan Karate since 1999. Member of the Kuwait National Karate Team and the Kuwait Karate Federation.
The first female instructor for JKA in Kuwait, registered and licensed JKA instructor and referee.
Registered member of JKA and WKF (Japan Karate Association and World Karate Federation).
Presented with Diplomas of Ranking Recognition from JKA and WKF, stating official registration in accordance to the ranking standards for receiving 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Dan Black Belts.

Holds the title of “Elite Trainer”: Personal Trainer Certification, Specialization in Exercise Therapy, Fitness Nutrition Certification, and Valid First Aid License

“Humility, Patience, Self Control, Awareness, and Self-Discipline, should always come before Self-Defence.”


Saturday 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Monday 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Wednesday 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel – EDGE Fitness Gym, Farwaniya Area, Kuwait.

Training Fees: 30KD per month

Trainee Requirements: No previous experience necessary.

“Train hard, fight easy. Tomorrow’s battle is won during today’s practice.”


Phone/Whatsapp: +965-9737-7667
Instagram: conditioncombat

“I come to you with only Karate – Empty Hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles, or my honour, should it be a matter of life or death, right or wrong; then here are my weapons, Karate – my empty hands.”




The Heian family of Kata are practiced as the first set of Katas learnt in Shotokan Karate. The word “Heian” translates to “Peaceful Mind”. The Katas are named as Heian Shodan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Yondan, and Heian Godan – totalling as 5 Heian Katas.

The words Shodan, Nidan, Sandan, Yondan, and Godan translate to First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth. The Heians are required to pass exams from Yellow to Blue as compulsory Katas, and for all further exams upon request of the examiner.

Sadly, many Karate-ka fail to train the Heians on a regular basis once they progess to more difficult Katas – the other 21 of 26 Katas in total. The beauty of JKA Shotokan Karate is the focus on basics, the return to what really matters – the core Kata and form needed to obtain inner peace, balance, strength, and posture. No matter what grade you are, be it a 7th dan Black Belt; the first Kata you will ever be asked to perform at any championship will undoubtedly be a Heian. No fancy moves, jumps , or difficult kicks.

That is true Karate – knowing the true meaning of what we train, why we train it, and how it can help us progress further. Those who do not regularly train the basics will eventually begin losing the core balace needed to keep form, and will miss the small details that mark the thin line between a beautiful Kata and a not-so-beautiful one. As I recall one of my Sensei’s saying:

“Training Heians is like walking through tall grass, you have to keep walking on the same grass to create a path. If you don’t, the grass will grow up again, with no path in sight, and you will need to start all over again. Keep the grass down.”

Karate is about learning, and the best way to learn is to develop what you already know, and seek perfection within those things throughout your lifetime.

Domo Arigato Gozaimas – Oss!


Condition Combat


It’s finally here!

After 14 years of Shotokan Karate training, I am proud to announce the launch of Condition: Combat! My very own JKA Shotokan Karate Branch and Fitness academy.

Starting in June 2013, keep checking back for info, and follow @conditioncombat on instagram!