Welcome to Ashington NKA Shotokan Karate Club

NOTICE: The class on Saturday 1st April will be a new kata class for those who graded with Sensei Andy Sherry on 26th March. If you do not attend this class you will be at a disadvantage! Brown and black belts will also learn a new kata.

Ashington Shotokan Karate Club was established in 1974. The senior club instructors are Sensei Jill F Kelly (6th Dan) and Sensei Trish Bruce (5th Dan). The club is affiliated to the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain), the largest single-style karate organisation in the United Kingdom.

Sensei Jill began teaching her own classes at Ashington Karate Club in 1988. The club dojo was based at the Ashington YMCA from that year until 2015. Starting in 2016, the club began training at the new Ashington Leisure Centre which had opened on Lintonville Terrace.

The club currently trains on Saturday mornings at the new Ashington Leisure Centre and Thursday evenings at Josephine Butler Campus, Northumberland Church of England Academy. Full details regarding times of classes and prices can be found on the ‘Clubs’ page of this website.

Ashington Karate Club is also part of Northumberland Karate Academy (NKA). The senior club instructor for NKA is Sensei Ian Willis (6th Dan) who is a full time professional instructor, who also teaches clubs in Ponteland, Alnwick and Morpeth.

This website was designed to keep all club members and those interested in the club up to date with all the latest information. More information about the club, the KUGB and Shotokan Karate can be found in the ‘About' page. Details of upcoming local, regional and national courses and competitions can be found in the ‘Events’ page. News articles dating from present day back to 2012 can be found in the ‘News’ page. An extensive gallery containing both recent and older pictures can be found in the ‘Gallery’ page.

The club has a voluntary committee made up of family of the club members who fundraise to help support members of Ashington Karate Club in training, competition and other activities. Information on this committee as well as the monthly newsletters they produce can be found on the ‘Newsletters’ page.

If you would like any more information on the club, please read any information or use the form on the ‘Contact’ page to send an email, and our website manager will get back to you with the information you desire.

The club is also present on a range of social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These sites are updated frequently with news from recent events, and notices for club members. Often these sites can be updated more instantaneously than this website, so keep a close notice at these social networks for any urgent notices such as class cancellations or changes in dojos - all of our social networks are public, meaning you do not need an account to view them.

Ashington Karate Club
Ashington Karate Club at the Ashington Leisure Centre in January 2017.

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