About Ashington Shotokan Karate Club

Ashington NKA Karate Club

A message from Sensei Jill:

"I started teaching at Ashington more than 25 years ago. I hadn’t been a black belt for many years, but had experienced good teaching and instruction at the Ashington Shotokan Karate Club main dojo, and we were keen to open another venue in the town centre. The club is affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain, the largest Shotokan organisation in the United Kingdom, with over 14,000 members and 380 clubs around the country.

The club has produced many good students including several who train on the KUGB National Squads, National Champions, and International Competitors. The club caters to students of all ages, from the age of five upwards. There have been several occasions when parents have started training in the class with their children and are still training now! One of these parents is one of our club instructors, Sensei Trish Bruce, who specialises in taking the junior grades.

Many of our students join other KUGB clubs when they move away to University as the KUGB have many clubs within the University network.

The club dojo was established in 1988 by Sensei Jill Kelly. The current instructors are Sensei Jill Kelly, 6th Dan and Sensei Trish Bruce, 5th Dan. The classes are held at the NEW Ashington Leisure Centre on Lintonville Terrace and Josephine Butler Academy, Ashington, Northumberland. The training times are as listed below.

Saturday - NEW Ashington Leisure Centre

Registration: 9:45am
Training: 10:00am-11:30am
Price: £6:00 per session

Thursday - Josephine Butler Academy

Registration: 5:50pm
Training: 6:00pm-7:00pm (junior class), 7:00pm-8:30pm (senior class)
Price: £6.00 per session

More details can be found in our Venues page.

Northumberland Karate Academy - Ashington

The Ashington Karate Club main dojo was established in 1974 by Sensei Alan Armstrong, and was soon passed on to Sensei Bill Young.

The current chief instructor of Ashington NKA Karate Club is Sensei Ian Willis, 6th Dan, who also has clubs in Alnwick, Morpeth and Ponteland, which together have been under the name of Northumberland Karate Academy since 2012.

This club trains at Ashington Leisure Centre on Tuesdays.