About Us

Grantham Shotokan

Established in 2002 by Club Chief Instructor Geoff Dixon, 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 Wales 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 2 nd Dan and have enhanced DBS checks or equivalent vetting processes in place.

Latest News & Events

When the ‘tally’ of new Black Belts is taken in tandem with the achievements of Rob Edwards and Ed Dixon, it is easy to see why we feel that 2017 was indeed a vintage year for Grantham Karate. Read more >

Friday 6th / Sunday 8th / Tuesday 10th October - Club Gradings
Huge congratulations to all our Mini-Tigers, Juniors and Adults on passing their most recent grading examination. Our standard continues to improve and we look forward to seeing even more progress at our next round of examinations early in 2018. That seems a long way off but it will be on us in no time at all so keep up the hard work and dedication. WELL DONE TO ALL!
Sunday 24th September
The instruction team attended the JKS England Black and Brown Belt in Nottingham with Alan Campbell Sensei (7th Dan). Click this link to see the full report.

Sunday 23rd July - Grading Success

Massive congratulations to Ed Dixon on passing his NIDAN grading under a panel of senior Dan grade instructors including Jan Spatzek Sensei, Alan Campbell Sensei, Matt Price Sensei and Steve Carless Sensei at the JKS England and Wales Summer Course. The feedback from all of the instructors was that Ed demonstrated karate of a very high standard and we are all incredibly proud of his achievement.

Saturday 22nd / Sunday 23rd July - JKS England and Wales Summer Course

Senior instructors Geoff Dixon, Neil Bukavs, Rob Edwards and Ed Dixon all attended this year's Summer Course in Nottingham with special guest instructors Jan Spatzek Sensei (8th Dan) and Matt Stockham Sensei (5th Dan). Click this link for the full report of the weekend.


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 and Wales 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.