Established in 2002 by Club Chief Instructor Geoff Dixon (6th degree black belt), Grantham Shotokan has grown to be one of the largest and most successful traditional karate clubs in the Grantham area.
The club has over 100 students with ages from 4 years to 80 years old and trains out of a dedicated dojo with a fully matted training area, changing rooms and a wide range of training equipment.
Affiliated to JKS England and through them to the English and British Karate Federations as well as the European and World Karate Federations (WKF) – the WKF is the Karate Governing Body chosen by the IOC to present Karate at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
Our instructors are all Black Belts holding the rank of at least 2nd Dan and have enhanced DBS checks or equivalent vetting processes in place.
Following the death of Masatoshi Nakayama in 1992, the Japan Karate Association (JKA) was split into two factions with groups of senior instructors diverging into those that wanted to continue with the direction of the JKA as prescribed by Nakayama, and those that wanted to pursue a slightly different course. Following a decade of difficult negotiations the Japan Karate Shotorenmei (JKS) was formally formed in 2002 under the leadership of Asai Shihan.
Asai Shihan passed away in 2006 and the JKS, now a worldwide organisation, is headed by Shihan Masao Kagawa (9th Dan). Kagawa Shihan is also the Chair of the WKF Technical Committee and former All Japan Karate Coach and is one of the most influential people in world karate.
JKS England is headed by Alan Campbell Sensei (7 th Dan) and has over 4,000 members making it one of the largest associations in the EKF.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Chloe Tuck to the instruction team as Assistant Club Instructor (Juniors). Chloe joined the club as a junior in 2014 and was one of first ‘juniors’ to train at the Grantham dojo shortly after it opened. Chloe gained her Black Belt with JKS England in 2019 and we look forward to seeing Chloe develop further as she supports our latest ‘crop’ of juniors.
We would like to welcome members of Seibukan Karate Club in Nottingham to the Grantham Karate ‘family’. Seibukan was established in 1997 by Alan Campbell Sensei (7th Dan and Head of JKS England) but who is unable to continue to lead the club due to his increased commitments to JKS England. We are proud to be able to help keep this strong and successful club operational and we look forward to many more years of training. We envisage a return to training in the Top Valley Community Centre in Nottingham from Early May.
JKS International Seminar (online) with Shihan Masao Kagawa (9th Dan) – Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April. Don’t miss this opportunity to train with the best in the world supported by JKS Honbu Instructors. Participation is via JKS England who will only accept entries from dojo heads and club instructors. Details are available from Geoff Sensei. Please note: this is NOT a free seminar!
Watch this space for news of future events including JKS England and EKF events as well as top karate instructors visiting our Grantham Dojo.
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