Shotokan Karate Club
Sensei Jill Kelly (6th Dan) started teaching at Ashington Shotokan Karate Club (SKC) over 35 years ago, and she currently teaches alongside Sensei Trish Bruce (6th Dan). We are proud to be affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), the UK's largest single-style Karate organisation, with Ashington SKC being the only KUGB club with two female 6th Dan Instructors.
Sensei Jill Kelly (6th Dan) and Sensei Trish Bruce (6th Dan) are qualified KUGB Instructors and are supported by a qualified team of Black Belt Instructors as well as several students taking part in the Young Leaders scheme, which helps children age 12-17 develop key teaching and communication skills.
At Ashington SKC we believe that in order to excel at anything in life, you should possess solid values and a strong character that develop the dedication needed to achieve your goals. Our exceptional team of instructors are here to inspire you to be your very best. Joining us will give you the all-important inner strength to navigate our complex world with confidence and drive.
Whether you're new to Karate or a seasoned black belt, our classes serve everyone. Our lessons are a perfect balance of traditional and modern, which means you get the best of both worlds in your quest to learn this art form.
At Ashington Karate Club we welcome students of all ages, with a minimum starting age of five years old. On many occasions, we have parents join their children to train together. Currently we have nealry 20 families who train together. One such parent who started training with her children is Sensei Trish Bruce (6th Dan) , who specialises in taking the junior grades!
From day one the instructors at Ashington SKC have been attentive and friendly. Even once Cj was diagnosed with Autism in 2021 nothing has been too much trouble- whether it was accommodating his needs in class, being extra careful to make sure to communicate any changes or difference to me so I can prepare him or just generally staying in touch to keep me up to date with his progress. He has an incredible bond with the club instructors and I would recommend them to anyone.
I have been a member of the club for almost 5 years now, along with my two sons. We have trained together under the expert tutelage of two of the highest female black belt instructors in the country.
Karate has given us self-discipline, motivation, fitness, confidence and a sense of mental wellbeing.
It is a welcoming atmosphere, fun and hard work. Karate is learned at your own pace and can be a way of life as well. The hardest part is the first step into the dojo- once you have done that then you will want to keep coming back.
My advice would be don’t think about it and come down to our club!
I can only say it has brought my family together whilst helping with instilling excellent values as
teamwork, manners and respect, all in a friendly, family fun environment. Like I said, don’t think
about it and come down to our club today, speak to Jill and Trish our warm and vastly experienced
instructors you’ll not regret it!