Hello, welcome, oss

We are Shiranamikai Karate.

We have a superb track record of developing motivated and enthusiastic students of all ages. If you are considering an activity for yourself or a loved one, we invite you to get in touch with a view to learning Shotokan karate. All of our sessions are conducted in a manner to minimise the risk of virus transmission.

Shiranamikai is part of one of the largest and most prestigious karate organisations in the world: The Japan Karate Association. The Government of Japan, in recognition of the JKA’s adherence to traditional budo principles combined with modern scientific methodologies, has awarded them special status, unique amongst martial arts organisations.

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Classes for children

Our children’s classes are tailored specifically towards the needs of younger students and are suitable from the age of 5 upwards. Beginners are welcome to join us at any time, just drop us a message in order to book a place.

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Adult and mixed classes

Our adult and mixed classes are open to all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced. Also suitable for teens and some older children. There is no upper age limit for adults wishing to start.

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Regular events with world class guest instructors, competitions, gradings, international training camps

Whether you are new to martial arts and thinking about trying karate, have had a break from training for a few years, or just looking to start a new activity, you’ll be most welcome at Shiranamikai.

Austin Biesty, Instructor


Attending courses both nationally and internationally is a valuable experience providing opportunities to learn from Japan’s finest instructors and train alongside karateka from around the world.

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The Japan Karate Association in England holds two competitions each year. Students who perform consistently well may be proposed for the association’s squad to enter international championships.

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Shiranamikai hosts regular exams to enable progress through the different levels. At club level, Kyu gradings are held every 3 months, while black belt exams are taken at national courses.

Read about recent gradings in news…

Then and now…

Photo taken in happier times, back in the spring of 2019…
Spring 2021. We’re still smiling, still training, taking on life’s challenges and looking towards a brighter future.

We look forward to seeing you… albeit at a safe distance