Ashington Shotokan Karate Club
Sensei Jill Kelly began teaching at Ashington Karate Club over 30 years ago. At the time, she had not been a black belt very long, but had experienced good teaching and instruction from her instructors, and the club was keen to open another dojo in the city centre.
Sensei Jill established the club in 1988, and currently teaches at the club alongside Sensei Trish Bruce. The club trained at Ashington YMCA for 27 years from 1988-2015. In 2016, the new Ashington Leisure Centre opened on Lintonville Terrace, and the club moved their Saturday morning class to this new venue. Currently, the club also trains at Josephine Butler Campus on Thursday evenings. Ever since moving to these dojos, the club has been very successful, with classes reaching up to 75 students!
The club is affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), the largest single-style karate organisation in the UK, with over 15,000 members and 380 clubs around the country.
The club caters to 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 over 10 sets of parents and children training together. One such parent who started training with her children is Sensei Trish, who specialises in taking the junior grades!
The club is supported by a committee made up of volunteers who are either club members or their relatives. The committee work all year to fundraise in order to pay competition entries, purchase equipment, organise social trips and parties, and many other activities. These events allow club members to get to know each other, and gives the club a ‘family’ atmosphere, which is something difficult to achieve in a large club.
While competition is not a necessity for our members, many of our students have enjoyed entering competitions and experienced success at local, regional, national and international level! Currently, we have four members on the KUGB England Squad. Several of our senior members are also qualified as KUGB instructors, and we have several students taking part in the KUGB Young Leaders scheme, which develops students aged 12-17.
Our instructors and senior members also regularly attend courses around the country with senior KUGB instructors, which keeps their knowledge up-to-date and allows them to experience a range of different teaching styles.
We welcome new members of all ages and abilities to the club. If you have any further queries, please contact us through our website or social media pages.
Saturday - Ashington Leisure Centre
Training: 9:30am-10:30am (all grades), 10:30am-11:00am (brown and black belts only)
Price: £7:00 per session
Thursday - Ashington Leisure Centre
Training: 5:30pm-6:30pm (all grades), 6:30pm-7:00pm (brown and black belts only)
Price: £7.00 per session
More details can be found in our Venues page.
Ashington Karate Club Original Dojo
The Ashington Karate Club original dojo was established in 1974 by Sensei Alan Armstrong, and was soon passed on to Sensei Bill Young. The club was later taken over by Sensei Ian Willis, 6th Dan, who now teaches in Guide Post and Ponteland.