History of Goju Ryu Kyudokan Karate


Goju-ryu 剛柔流, founded by Chojun Miyagi, is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate. Goju-Ryu, Japanese for “hard-soft style,” combines hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, diverting, and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns and throws. Goju-ryu incorporates both circular and linear movements. Importance is also placed on breathing correctly, in addition to spiritual training methods that include body strengthening and conditioning.

David Morris Sensei デヴィッドモリス 先生 has over 40 years experience in Karate, more than 30 of which have been spent as a full-time karate teacher, indeed some of the karateka at his Kyudokan 求道館 school represent 2 or even 3 generations of the same family.

The Kyudokan is affiliated to Nihon Goju Ryu Karate Do 日本剛柔流空手道 which means it is a Bubishi linage school. The Bubishi is considered to be the ‘bible’ of Karate. Under the Nihon Goju Ryu Karate Do umbrella, the Kyudokan is connected to the Bubishi Kenkyukai 武備志研究会 - a study association dedicated to the teachings of the Bubishi.

David continues to travel to Japan to study under Yonemoto Kyoshi Sensei 米元先生 at his Seibukan Dojo 清武館 in Tokyo 東京.

Kyudokan, or kyu-do-kan, translates to “search for the way”. This is the essence of our karate, and most importantly our karateka, because only with the correct, authentic, guidance and, importantly, the freedom to explore one’s own path can we ever expect to reach true fulfilment and enlightenment in our studies.

Whilst many schools and karateka may believe the important journey is the path that leads them to their black belt; our philosophy is very different. At the Kyudokan, far from being the end of the journey, the attainment of the black belt, after many years of regular and dedicated training, represents the beginning of the true journey.

By far the biggest step of all though, is walking through the dojo doors for the very first time… We look forward to welcoming you.

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4 days ago

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🥋Great weather = Train Outside!☀️
Amazing session, so pleased to welcome so many new members - membership is filling up fast! 👍
Todays Session: Basics, kata, Combinations, Sparring & Grading assessments.😅
🥋Well done to everyone!🥋
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5 days ago

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🥋Conditioning Friday🥋
Basics, Exercise, Combinations, Sparring, Floor work
Great to see so many new people coming for trials and 2 red belts awarded!
Next Session Sunday 11:45 am Holly Hill Leisure Centre
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5 days ago

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🥋Amazing Session🥋
Basics, Kata, Combinations & Sparring for everyone
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Mount Snowdon THE REVENGE
👩‍🦯On Saturday 18th September we will be walking up Mount Snowdon👨‍🦯
🥋 A full Gi lesson will be held and shown on FB live near the summit 🥋
Any members who want to join us please message to confirm
Our chosen charity is Parkinsons, please donate using this link: bit.ly/3yVm7fG
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Ok, I'm in - I've taken a gamble that i will be allowed next Friday of work, and booked a room at the Travel Lodge - non refundable!

1 week ago

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On Friday 3rd September David Sensei walked 3/4 of the way up Mount Snowdon and then back down.

This was an incredible challenge for him, every step he was fighting the pain of Parkinson’s Disease but his spirit and relentless determination carried him through.

On Saturday 18th September the Senior Sensei’s will be returning to the Mountain to help David Sensei complete the journey.

On the way up this final stage we will be holding a full Gi Karate lesson.

This challenge will be in support of David’s Parkinson’s fund raising campaign, you can donate by following this link:

bit.ly/3yVm7fG

We would also like to invite any Senior members who would like to join us for the challenge. Message or check your emails for more info.
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This man is just an absolute legend! Absolutely scared the crap out of me when I’d come in the dojo late…however at 34 I can still monkey run super fast, put my palms flat on the floor and oh yea kick some butt if I need too 😂 I’m sure all your students old and new are behind you sensei, good luck 😊

I wish I hadn't already been booked up that day or else I would have joined you. Sounds awesome. If any other such expeditions though I hope I'll be able to join. Can't wait to see the photos. Tim

I would have loved to join but I am doing the race for life the same day! 😅 If I had no plans I would definitely be there

Well done!! 🤩💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

🤍❤️🤍

I just checked, there's no rooms left 👎

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2 weeks ago

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Just over half way, Sensei is slow but steady.
Getting colder!
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Keep going! We’re cheering you on!

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🙇🏽‍♂️ Very impressive👏🏽

Well done 👏 keep up the hard work 👍

Excellent keep going xx

Well done! Keep going x

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2 weeks ago

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You guys are an inspiration! I was trying to muster the energy just for a run around the block this am, but having seen this I’ve got no excuse. SMASH IT! 👊

Zoë says: Are you going up in stances and doing katas on the way. I hope so. You need to practice your karate once in a while!🤪 ZOË

Go on sensei. To do what you are doing is incredible keep it up

You can do it!

Go on daddy!!!

You can do it, David Morris! 💪

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2 weeks ago

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You're an inspiration Dave. Whatever you achieve is awesome. Just be safe Sensei.

Go Dave you legend. Is there a link to sponsorship at all?

Happy climbing - hope it goes well!

Good luck Dave 👍

Good luck!!! <3 Do your best!!

Go Dave!!

Good luck 👍🏻

Amazing Sensei! Just go careful and enjoy 😊

Good Luck Dave! 💪🏻👏

Good luck sensei!!!!

Good luck Dave. Enjoy

Good luck sensei!!!

Good luck xx

Good luck the pair of you xxx

Good luck Sensei! You've got this! 💪💪

Good Luck!

Awesome. ❤️

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4 weeks ago

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🥋🥋Another Awesome Session Yesterday!🥋🥋

🥷🥷 Every Thursday 6pm at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, now with 30 mins extra at the end of all classes for seniors and advanced juniors 🥷🥷

➡️ Next Session - Friday 6:30pm at Bitterne leisure Centre, look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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4 weeks ago

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🥋🥋 Another Great Session Yesterday! 🥋🥋

🥷🥷 Tuesday 5pm at Places Leisure Eastliegh, with and added 30 mins for seniors and advanced juniors at the end of all our classes 🥷🥷

➡️Next Session - Thursday 6pm at Chamberlayne leisure Centre, look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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1 month ago

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🥋🥋Another Great Conditioning Saturday! 🥋🥋

🥷🥷 Every Saturday 11 am at Hatch Grange Park, West End with the extra 30 mins at the end for seniors and advanced juniors 🥷🥷

➡️Next Session - Sunday 11:45am at Holly Hill, look forward to seeing you there! ⬅️
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I can’t make this week or next because of (to be fair) much needed holiday time. Back with a vengeance in Sept!! 🙌💪🥋

It has always been debatable wether kicks, high or low are practical. Depending on the style of martial art , kicking is widely used and although in Goju ryu isn’t renowned for its kicking ability, to dismiss this technique against styles like Taekwondo or Kokyushinkia would be a grave mistake. I’ll leave the debate to the more serious martial artist. For me, tonight’s lesson was just really good fun, great exercise and looks pretty cool tooImage attachmentImage attachment

It has always been debatable wether kicks, high or low are practical. Depending on the style of martial art , kicking is widely used and although in Goju ryu isn’t renowned for its kicking ability, to dismiss this technique against styles like Taekwondo or Kokyushinkia would be a grave mistake. I’ll leave the debate to the more serious martial artist. For me, tonight’s lesson was just really good fun, great exercise and looks pretty cool too ... See MoreSee Less

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Awesome kicks - all 3 pictures 👍💪

Another great session, just wish I could kick like Harrison 🤣

1 month ago

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🥋🥋Some pics from another great session on Tuesday! 🥋🥋

🥷🥷 Every Tuesday 5:30pm at Places Leisure Centre in Eastliegh , with the extra 30 mins at the end of all classes for Seniors and advanced Juniors 🥷🥷

➡️Next Session - Thursday 6pm at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, looks forward to seeing you there!⬅️
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1 month ago

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🥋🥋Awesome Sunday Session Yesterday! 🥋🥋

🥷🥷 Every Sunday at Holly Hill 11:45am, with the added 30 mins available at the end for adults and advances juniors🥷🥷

➡️Next Session - Tuesday 5:30pm Places Leisure Centre Eastliegh, look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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1 month ago

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🥋🥋Another Awesome Conditioning Saturday! 🥋🥋

🥷🥷 Saturdays 11 am Hatch Grange Park West End, with the added 30 mins for adults and advanced juniors at the end of all our classes! 🥷🥷

➡️ Next Session - Sunday 11:45am at Holly Hill, Look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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2 months ago

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🥋💪🥇Great Conditioning Saturday Session, Celebrating Team GB’s gold in the triathlon with our own karate based one! 🥇💪🥋

🥷 Every Saturday 11am at Hatch Grange Park, West End, all classes now also have 30 mins added at the end for seniors and advanced juniors 🥷

➡️Next session - Sunday 11:45am at Holly Hill Leisure Centre, look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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2 months ago

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🥋🥋great to be back at Bitterne on Fridays, awesome session today! 🥋🥋

🥷Every friday 6:30pm at bitterne leisure centre, with all our classes having the option of 30 mins extra training for seniors and advanced juniors!🥷

➡️Next Session - Conditioning Saturday at Hatch Grange Park, West End 11am, look forward to seeing you there! ⬅️
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2 months ago

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🥋🥋Awesome Session Yesterday!🥋🥋

🥷Thursdays at Chamberlayne leisure centre 6pm with the added 30 mins for adults and advanced juniors at all of our classes! 🥷

➡️Next session - Tonight at bitterne leisure centre 6:30pm look forward to seeing you all there!⬅️
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2 months ago

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🥋🥋Another Great Tuesday Session 🥋🥋

🥷Every Tuesday 5:30pm at Places leisure Centre Eastliegh, with an added 30 mins at the end of all classes for seniors and advanced juniors🥷

➡️Next session today at Chamberlayne leisure centre 6pm, look forward to seeing you all there!⬅️
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It’s one of the most rewarding feeling a teacher can get. Seeing an old student return to the dojo. It was good to see Grant back in the dojo…. and with his children!!

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Very kind remember from 2002.

🥳Very Special Happy Birthday to David Morris Sensei, Amazing Man, Teacher, Mentor and Role Model to his club and students. We all Hope you have a great day! 🥳 ... See MoreSee Less

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So many well wishes from friends and students old and new. Thank you so much everyone x

Happy birthday Sensei - I hope you celebrate well today!

Happy birthday Sensei, have an amazing day.

Happy Birthday David. Hope you’ve had a good day.

Happy birthday Sensei Morris, my birthday today too

Happy birthday Sensei, have a great day!! 🎂🎉😁

Happy birthday Morris Sensei!

The nicest bloke I’ve ever met who could happily kick seven shades of whatsit out of you! 😂 o-tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu, Sensei

Happy birthday David hope you are keeping as well as your able to

Happy Birthday❤️🎂love from all the family:))

Happy Birthday 🥂

Happy happy birthday Dave 🎉🎂🎁xx

Happy Birthday Sensei 🥋 🎂

乾杯とビール、先生 🥋🍻

Happy birthday David

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dave, hope it's s great one 😊

Happy birthday 🥳

Happy birthday Dave have a good one mate🍻🎂

Happy Birthday, thank you for everything you do.🥳

Happy birthday sensei

Happy birthday 🎈🎊

Happy birthday 🥳

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2 months ago

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🥋🥋Another Great Session Sunday, it was another hot one!🥋🥋

🥷every Sunday Holly Hill Leisure Centre 11:45, with the option for an extra 30 mins training at the end for seniors and adavanced juniors!🥷

➡️Next session Today at 17:30 Eastliegh places Leisure Centre again, with the option of 30 mins extra for Seniors and Advanced Juniors, Look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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2 months ago

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🥋🥋Another Two Awesome Thursday Classes, The family session was filled with excellent Kata and seniors followed up with some great Kumite and combination work!🥋🥋

🥷 Thursdays at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre 6-7pm family Session 7-7:30pm Adults and Advanced Juniors🥷

➡️ Next Session 11:30am Conditioning Saturday at Hatch Grange Park, West End. Look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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2 months ago

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🥋🥋 Awesome Tuesday Session, the standard of your Kata is always increasing!🥋🥋

🥷 Tuesdays 5:30pm Places Leisure Centre, Eastliegh 🥷

➡️ Next Sessions Thursday Chamberlayne Leisure Centre - 6pm Family Session - 7pm Adults and Advanced Juniors, look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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2 months ago

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🥋🥋Another Awesome Thursday, Both sessions were great! 🥋🥋

🥷Every Thursday at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, 6pm Family Session, 7pm Adults and advanced juniors🥷

➡️Next session- Conditioning Saturday, Hatch Grange Park, West End, look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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2 months ago

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🥋🥋Another Great Tuesday Session🥋🥋

🥷Every Tuesday, 6pm at Places Leisure Centre Eastliegh 🥷

➡️Next Sessions- Thursday Chamberlayne Leisure Centre - 6pm Family Session- 7pm Adults and Advanced Juniors , Look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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🥋🥋Great couple of sessions yesterday! Kata and Bunkai, plus we got to do some work on the mats in the later session! 🥋🥋

🥷Thursdays Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, 6pm Family session - 7pm Adults and Advanced Juniors🥷

➡️Next session Conditioning Saturday 11:30am Hatch Grange Park, West End. Look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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🥋🥋Another Awesome Tuesday Session! 🥋🥋

🥷Every Tuesday 6pm Places Leisure Eastliegh🥷

➡️Next Sessions Thursday Chamberlayne Leisure- 6pm Family Session- 7pm Adults and Advanced Juniors, look forward to seeing you all there! ⬅️
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Testimonials

  • Angi

    Hannah’s journey to karate...

    My daughter wanted to try Karate, she is autistic and has many other conditions including anxiety and hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). We tried some local karate sessions but in all of them her anxiety was too much to even try to take part. The sensory overload with noise, unfamiliar environment and the anxiety she was feeling made each trip unsuccessful and she was unwilling to return.

    Then we found Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do, we started making enquiries and chatting to the team, explaining the complexities of my daughter's various conditions and how they manifest in unfamiliar environments. After a lot of discussion, we went to a taster session, Hannah shutdown and was unable to take part, but the team were very supportive and understood. They let her take things at her own pace, never pushing her, and giving her the space to watch and learn.

    After lockdown, a Sensei came to our house to help try to reintroduce Hannah to the sessions and do some 1:1 work with her. We got back into attending weekly again with Hannah not able to join in at the start but starting to stand at the back of the room and learn some techniques.

    Then came the point that they thought she could do her first grading, again after discussion with us both and fully understanding her needs they came to the house and tested her there. This made all the difference, being in her own environment and not being put through the grading in front of everyone else. She passed!

    This week we had a turning point that was 7 months in the making. Han was able to join in at the start of class for the first time! I have no doubt without the extra support, understanding and compassion of the team she would not have got this far. In fact that day she had been in a really low mood and been in bed all day. After the lesson she was buzzing. I was so proud of her and her mood was lifted. They make adjustments for her every week, they understand, they improve her mental health and wellbeing like nothing else does. But I know this comes at a cost to them. Hannah is going to need some more 1:1 sessions in the future to enable her to continue progressing.

    Thank you to team Kyudokan, you are making such a difference to our lives, to the outcomes for my daughter and her sense of self-esteem and self-worth, as well as helping her to manage her hEDS by improving her core strength. Thank you for your patience and understanding and the extra lengths you go to, to include her.

    Angi
    Hannah's Mum
  • Martin (48), Luke (13) and Elliot (11)

    Both of my sons are members of this fantastic Karate school.

    Elliot (11) joined in March 2019 and Luke (13) in August 2019. They enjoy it immensely and I am very proud to say that they have earned their purple belts in this time. Elliot loves showing me (and anyone who will watch!) his Katas at home, and Luke is keen to become a junior instructor when the time comes.

    I decided to join in November 2019, during what was a very difficult time for me personally. I can't understate how Karate has helped me.

    The mental and physical focus was just what I needed and within a few lessons I could feel the benefits.

    It speaks for itself that during these unprecedented times of the covid pandemic, not only has the club kept running - it has grown, with more training venues and lessons being added all the time.

    Lessons are well structured, with a healthy mix of physical training, form practice, and application - all this, of course, is handled with social distancing precautions in place, and any contact is with other family members only.

    There are a wealth of experienced instructors on hand and one thing you will constantly hear is; 'Are there any questions?' This very much a two way school with mutual respect and advice apparent in bucket loads. The instructors themselves run the school with just the right balance of discipline, humour and encouragement; which keeps the atmosphere family friendly.

    I owe this school a huge debt, and if you are thinking of trying karate I can't recommend this club enough. It won't be easy, but you won't be disappointed.

    The Kyudokan is what every Karate club should aspire to be!

    Martin (48), Luke (13) and Elliot (11)
  • Paul Gibbs Sensei

    Having practiced karate myself when I was younger, I knew it was something I also wanted my kids to do, and in turn signed my son up at just six years old.

    To be honest he really needed to do something, a focussed outlet if you will; he was very active, perhaps a little too confident and was becoming a bit of a handful - always trying to fight his older brother and sisters - possibly ADHD, but definitely hyperactive.

    It took me a while to find the right club. My previous experience of karate had not been overly inspiring and everywhere I looked the clubs seemed either too ‘commercial’ or too non-contact or even overseen by crazy people wanting to teach students unsafe techniques.

    Kyudokan, however, was exactly what he needed. He soon calmed down and was able to focus his energy and his mind. His school work and behaviour improved immeasurably.

    Through the years he always worked hard for each of his gradings. The club’s Senseis helped him so much whenever he needed it. We quickly became part of the Kyudokan family and made many new friends. The Kyudokan is so much more than just a Karate club...

    Paul Gibbs Sensei
  • Harrison (9) and Mark (45)

    My son started Karate back in February this year and one of the best things we have ever done.  My son expressed an interest in Karate and as a child I also attended some martial art classes and wanted something that would enable my son to be more active and spend less time on the games console.  Harrison has now been doing Karate for the last 6 months and massively improved his confidence.  In his nature he is quite shy but this has helped him grow as an individual and to mix with others with a great team spirit.

    The club has been amazing all throughout lockdown with having zoom training sessions at the start and at times having one 2 one sessions.  This then developed into training outside in small groups and all within strict guidelines with 5 students to 1 Sensei.  I have since also joined as I was watching my son train and initially thought as an older person with a few health issues it would be too much.  How wrong was I, don't get me wrong it's tough but I absolutely love it.  We are now back inside in a very safe environment with social distancing covering 4 different locations and the value for money is excellent as we can train 1 to 4 times a week with one monthly fee.

    The Kyudokan team is very professional and well organised and the app is so easy to use to book the Karate sessions.  The teaching is brilliant with so many Sensei's to help with learning and development.  Not only do we learn Karate but it's far more than that from the history of Goju Ryu Kyudokan Karate, discipline and ways we translate to everyday life.  The team is incredibly passionate with what they do and this translates to the students.

    I am very proud as my son Harrison who has recently graded with passing his green belt and of myself for passing my first grading - red belt.  I really enjoy doing something together as a family but at the same time as an individual.

    This club is amazing and highly recommend anyone wishing to start Karate from juniors to seniors.

    Thank you

    Harrison (9) and Mark (45)
  • Simon Ellis Sensei

    I started my karate journey with David Morris Sensei in 1986, when I was 12 years old.

    To say it had a profound effect on my childhood and early adulthood would be underselling it. In terms of confidence, physical development and spiritual focus it has been invaluable.

    Over the years life has led me away from the dojo on a few occasions for a couple of years and at times, like most people's lives today, it has thrown some curve balls. It is with utter confidence that I can say that without my karate, my teachers' guidance, and the mental strength and determination that martial arts has given me, these curve balls would have beaten me.

    At 46 I continue to study, still with Sensei Morris, and I hold Kyudokan karate in my heart; striving to use its philosophies and principles in all of life's everyday battles. For this Dave, I am truly grateful.

    Thank you my friend.

    Simon Ellis Sensei