Uk : All Aboard For Karate At The Japanese Shotokan Club

UK : All aboard for karate at the Japanese Shotokan club BRISTOL Karate No Michi ('Way of Karate'), a non-profit Japanese Shotokan Karate club, is hoping to go from strength to strength.
Shotokan is the most widely practised karate today and the club have bases in Southville, Kingsdown and Yatton.

They provide opportunities to compete in regional, national and world championships. Jack Dumper, 17, won gold at two consecutive England National Championships, while Tess Bennett, 14, won a national championship silver medal.

They now have three pupils who have earned their 1st dan black belts, at an international course held in Bristol. The club's chief instructor, Michael Harris, holds international instructor, examiner and referee qualifications, while assistant coach, Debbie, holds a coaching licence and is the club's child protection officer.

The club is affiliated to the NHS 'Change 4 Life' programme, which encourages at least one hour of exercise a week. Training is at Southville Primary School on Monday nights. They cater for children aged six years and over, and parents are welcome too.