The Academy teaches an engaging Kata syllabus. Kata is performed without a partner however adults will also learn the practical applications.


Children follow the WKF point sparring rules which is safe for all ages to practice. Adults practice a modified version to cover stand up, clinch and ground fighting


There are hundreds of techniques to train and perfect. Pad Work will improve alignment, power, fitness and conditioning.


Adults at the Academy learn a progressive grappling syllabus which gives firm basics in clinching, takedowns and ground work.

Frequently Asked Questions

New Students are welcome to come along for 3 trial lessons.
They are £6 each time for children and £7 each time for adults. 

There is no obligation to join and we have no contracts.

Please let us know if you would like to book a lesson or just come along and watch.
We need the students name, age and a contact number.

Within our Academy, we have members of both sexes from the ages of four.

For your first few lessons, all you need is some loose fitting clothing such as a track suit, shorts and a t-shirt.

Bring a drink of water in a sports top bottle.

All classes are strictly controlled to minimize the risk of injury. There is no more risk practicing this art than playing many other sports such as football or hockey.

If you are in good health, it should be possible to learn. If you have any disabilities and are unsure, then check with the Instructor and your Doctor. Whether you regard yourself as fit or not, the classes are structured towards enjoyable learning at an easy pace giving progressive fitness development.

The joining fee is a one-time payment of £60 (£65 for Adults).

The fee includes a Karate suit with embroidered Academy badge, Insurance, Membership to
all NWKA clubs and online content.

Twelve months after joining you pay just £26 to renew your membership/insurance.

Joining fee and yearly membership discounts for families are available.

1 lesson per week £24/monthly
2 lessons per week £36/monthly
Unlimited Training is £50

Members pay by standing order on the 1st of every calendar month.
We teach for 48 weeks per year, so the payments average out over the course of a year.

Students are also free to cancel their standing orders at any time; we have no cancellation contracts. 
However, students that cancel their payments are no longer considered members and a £40 re-joining fee would apply.

Students are free to upgrade/downgrade their monthly lessons at any time. However if you downgrade your training package you cannot benefit from the concessions for 6 months if you wish to upgrade.

Upgrades and downgrades should be done due to changes in circumstances and not private holidays.

Lessons run all year round, the only exceptions are;

• 2 weeks over the Christmas period
• Bank Holiday Monday’s
• Four days usually over Easter (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
• Usually the late August Bank Holiday weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

During School Holidays, we run Karate and Activity Sessions open to all our Junior members.
For all our Adult Class members, we also do weekly Circuit Training. A great way to build fitness.

We have lots of small friendly socially distanced classes at the moment.

We take great care in our classes to prevent transmission of Covid-19 with temperature checks and use of hand sanitisers.

All our Students have commented how safe they feel in our Classes.

We do competitions internally (within the club) and externally (outside the club against other clubs/regions etc). 

Only a handful students choose to compete at regional level and beyond.

It is not required to compete.

The NWKAs parent association is the ‘Karate Do Federation’ who are in turn members of the governing body for Karate the ‘English Karate Federation’.

The ‘English Karate Federation’ are members of the ‘World Karate Federation’ who are the recognised world governing body for Karate through the ‘International Olympic Committee’

The First NWKA club was established in 1972
Anko Itosu 1830 – 1915 (founder of Shorin Ryu)
Kenwa Mabuni 1889 – 1952 (Shito Ryu)
Chojiri Tani – Founder of Shukokai
Shukokai Karate Union (SKU) Est in 1969 – NWKA members 1984 – 2001
Amateur Martial Association (AMA) NWKA members 2001 – 2007
Karate Do International (KDI) NWKA members 2007 – 2008
Karate Do Federation Established in 2009 – NWKA founder members

A. Yes, We provide private tuition before and after all regular karate classes.

1 hour private lesson £30 
30 minute private lesson £15

The club isn’t bound by the confines of the relatively modern Karate “styles”.

We teach a blend of Reality Based Combat and Sport Karate.

The Katas we teach are Shito-ryu/Shukokai based however our striking and grappling system is not restricted by the confines of styles.