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To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy with out fighting is the highest skill.

- Gichin Funakoshi


April 03, 2020


12 - 12.30 Saturday 4th April

Online training will be completely FREE of charge.

You will just need a good broadband or 4g connection and either a tablet, phone or computer with or without a camera.

Frank Holder passes away

March 26, 2020

With great sadness, a former member of our club has passed away today after a few years of battling with kidney failure. Frank Holder was a person who gave me my first job when I left college in 1984 and was a great training partner for many years and we fought alongside each other on the competition circuit on many occassions. A real strong, unique individual who will be sorely missed.

My thoughts to his daughter Shanice, his son Leon and the rest of the family at this sad time.

Bless you Frank. 

Live Online Karate Training

March 24, 2020

Starting today will be the first online karate training. This week is a trial run and there are no doubt going to be some teething problems but will get there!

Schedule for this week is on the flyer below and may be subject to change. Todays class will be 6:50 - 8:0pm all are welcome.

Online training will be completely FREE of charge.

You will just need a good broadband or 4g connection and either a tablet, phone or computer with or without a camera.

You will need the zoom software or app (zoom.us).
 To Join the online video session you will need the following code: 959-687-9479

Online Training Being Set Up

March 23, 2020

Testing the setup is going ahead this evening - A flyer has been posted out today to all those students I have not heard from or been able to reach so far. If you havent heard from me by Wednesday please get in touch so that we can keep you up to date with events that are changing daily...


Online training will be completely FREE of charge.

You will just need a good broadband or 4g connection and either a tablet, phone or computer with or without a camera.


March 19, 2020

I have had to think long and hard about this but the health and well being of all the members and their families is at the forefront of the decision to close the dojo (first time since 1964!).

But, I have a plan to continue training at Knighton Park until the Government decide on a full lockdown of the country.

This way we can train at a "social distance" on kihon and kata.

As for fees, I will leave that up to you - if you cannot afford to pay then don't - not a problem at all.

Details are on the link below.

Training continues...

March 18, 2020

For the time being the dojo remains training as normal. Things are changing daily but we will continue for now.

I will place any new information for the club here as soon as things change.

Training will not involve any partner training. I would urge all students to use the hand sanitiser which has been provided by Lauren before and after training. 

If you feel unwell then please do not come to the dojo until you feel better.

We may have to advise differently in due course so please visit this website or our facebook page for any updates.

If you want to be notified quicker of changes then please contact me via whatsapp and I will add you to our dojo group.

Tel no is 07984903082



March 10, 2020

So, the world has problems tackling this dreaded virus. With the current situation, at present, classes are being held as normal. But, if things escalate and the Government ends up following the same methods as Italy etc then we may have to look at the classes and the dojo as to what we will need to do. 

Everyone's health is more important than training, so if any changes are made to classes or our schedules I will make sure an update will appear on this website and on Facebook. So please keep coming back and seeing if there are any changes.

But, at present, training and classes are as normal.

25 years since the parting of Steve Cattle

February 22, 2020

Steve Cattle passed away 25 years ago, far too young at the age of 47, but his legacy still shines bright and I continue to strive to emulate his ability not only as a teacher but in the enthusiastic way he could bring out the best in his students.

Its amazing to see now the amount of "bunkai" experts all over facebook, youtube et al, but Steve was pioneering this work in the 70's and 80's and I suppose it shows how ahead of his era he was. 

God bless you Steve, "...your body is like iron, the harder you beat it, the harder it becomes..."

Finishing touches...

March 08, 2020

The end is nigh! Over a year ago work started on renovating the whole dojo and this work is coming to an end soon. The decor for the walls with new improved pictures of historical sensei and founders of the Japanese arts we practice to adorn the walls, together with a new framed look to create feature walls.

Flooring is almost finished with the outer rim of the matted area to be tidied up with new vinyl flooring.

I must thank again all those who have contributed and continue to help, especially Lee who has done stirling work in applying the upper walls cladding and decor...

Dan Grading successes

December 15, 2019

A grueling test took place today and many demands of power and speed placed on the Dan grading candidates today. Pleased to announce that they satisfied Lauren, Richard and my judgement and they all passed very well indeed.

Congratulations to Kenzy and Keith for passing shodan and Jade and Zbigniew on their 2nd dan awards.

Long may their progress continue...

Marcelo Chavez

November 16, 2019

Marcelo Chavez (6th Dan) from Ushaia, Argentina provided the club with some great training while he was here with very good aspects of Okinawan Shorin Ryu bunkai and principles which was well received by everyone.

Clever ideas of taisabaki and close range applications that really brought shorin ryu alive and I certainly picked up some good ideas for the future.

Always friendly and enthusiastic, I didnt hear anything negative about him and he absolutely loved Leicester and spent many hours walking around the city taken many photos of the historical landmarks and features that make this city quite special.

Plans are afoot to go to Argentina in possibly, 2021.

Work continues...

November 24, 2019

PVC cladding being added to the upper walls every week from today until completed. Thanks to Lee for his quick work in setting up the battens on the walls to make the cladding work progress far quicker than anticipated. Thanks to Mick for sorting out the "damp" corner and flooring around the mats can commence soon....

8.30 - 12.30

Coffee, tea and cold drinks provided for willing participants!

Shuri Castle decimated

October 31, 2019

fire engulfed Japan’s historic Shuri Castle early Thursday, reducing the UNESCO World Heritage site to smoldering ruins.

A big shock as this was a castle I have visited many times during visits to Okinawa and an important symbol of strength and pride for the Okinawan people.

Recently the Japanese government has vowed to rebuild the 500 year old castle. It will be a few years before this will happen no doubt. 

BIG BIG Thanks!!

September 22, 2019

You never know what to expect when you plan an event how well it will go. I am please to say that the 40th karate anniversary was a great event and a great weekend.

With my good friend from Germany arriving on the Friday evening about 10.30pm and then going out for a couple of drinks, getting back at 2am you just knew that this was going to be a whirlwind event!

The first class at 11 am in the morning was for all grades and many trained on the class and it was great to see the students from Germany as well as their sensei, Mario who is celebrating 50 years of karate this year. And my good friend Don also arrived having travelled from Lithuania specially for this weekend. On the class I covered the technical training level as I experienced with Isamu Arikaki.

At 4pm seniors came down to train again and this time I covered training principles as learnt from Steve Cattle in the 90's including taisabaki and the kata Wankan and bunkai.

In the evening almost 5 people turned up for a great meal at the Kayal Restaurant on Granby Street. Food was fabulous and a really nice evening with everyone. 

Unfortunately the German group had to leave for an early flight on the Sunday morning but the remaining students on the Sunday morning experienced many principles of Kase Ha shotokan karate, working on the breathing and power over many techniques. A surprise visitor, Tim Smith came to training Sunday morning and capped off a great weekends training and seeing many new and old friends was special.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who came and supported the event in whatever way they could and really do appreciate the gifts that I received. The gifts were unexpected and I hope that everyone enjoyed the training, the meal and the experience.

I look forward to the next one in 2029 !!

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