Welcome to our website
Brief Introduction from the Groups Senior Instructor:
Western Karate was formed around 30 years ago, and is quite unique
with its own Japanese style badge which means WESTERN.
We operate as a totally independent group. We are full members of the English Karate Federation and the British Karate Association, for which I am the South West representative. The style of Karate studied in a traditional manner is WADO-RYU; meaning Way of Harmony. The full title of the group being:-
WESTERN KARATE WADO-RYU KAI.
Classes are held at Orchard Vale School,
Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple on Tuesday Evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, and Kingsley School Gymnasium, Northdown Rd, Bideford on Monday evenings, 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
THE DOJO - Training area at Orchard Vale School, offers a large clean bright area with a sprung floor, which is well heated in winter. There are Male and Female changing areas, with showers, kitchen facility and room to split the class in two if needed.
FEES - Membership : £25 yearly
covers insurance and licence.
Cost of training per session is £5.00.
The minimum starting age being 7yrs.
Grading Exams are held around every six months -
Junior kyu grading fee £15,
1st Dan grading £60 plus certificate from the BKA.
2nd Dan Grading £70 plus certificate from the BKA.
3rd Dan Grading £80 plus certificate from the BKA.
There are 9 kyu grades to achieve. From red belt 9th kyu, to brown and white belt 1st kyu, then 1st Dan Black belt. The first belt, "red" is given free after the first grading exam. Subsequently, students purchase colour belts after gradings.
A full range of training equipment is available with badges at £3.50
GIS. - Karate Suits all sizes available, are of good quality (around £20 for Jnr. sizes)
Training Manual and Grading Syllabus, £15.
All Instructors are DBS checked and Insured plus First Aid Trained.
The group is run on a non profit making basis, funds are used for administration purposes etc.
Karate is a hobby, which helps improve oneself, learn new skills, and gain confidence. You will make many true friends and progress at the same time. We make every effort to ensure you enjoy every lesson as Karate has a challenging learning curve.. Our concern is, if you are not enjoying your hobby, learning will be compromised. We have many years of teaching experience, plus a sense of humour, which brings fun and enjoyment into your training.
If you are interested in learning Karate with a group that will treat you like you have always been there and not an outsider,
then please email or phone me.
We cannot promise you success without your total commitment, but
we promise to support you in your learning curve for as long as
We look forward to meeting you,
Sensei Vernon Keens, Groups Senior Intructor
Sensei Thomas Goldsmith-Ryan, Club Instructor, Bideford
Sensei Jordan Nigel Budd, Club Instructor, Barnstaple
Sampei Gary Hurst, Assistant Instructor, Barnstaple
WESTERN KARATE GROUP SENIOR INSTRUCTOR, SENSEI V.H. KEENS, 6th Dan
Tel: 01271 326783 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WESTERN KARATE BIDEFORD CLUB INSTRUCTOR, SENSEI T.A. GOLDSMITH-RYAN 2nd Dan.
Tel: 07979 277110 | 01237 471646 | Email: email@example.com
WESTERN KARATE BARNSTAPLE CLUB INSTRUCTOR, SENSEI J.N. BUDD 2nd Dan.