Traditional Shotokan Karate tuition for all

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Our Club
Sunderland  Karate Central

Our Association
Dokan Karate Association

Our Art

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Self Defence • Focus • Confidence • Respect • Self-Discipline • Honour • Fitness
Stress Reduction • Achievement • Positive Family Safe Environment

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At the moment we have two classes in Fulwell, one on Monday and one on Thursday (address below).

You are welcome to join us at any time.

Fulwell Methodist Church
Dovedale Road


6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.



The minimum starting age is 5yrs. There is no maximum starting age.

Initially, you can wear loose comfortable clothing, such as a top and track suit bottoms. Eventually you will need a Gi (karate suit) which can be purchased through the club.

The training fee is £3.50 per lesson, payable to the Club Secretary or his/her deputy prior to commencement of the class.
Private lessons are available for those who wish for additional training.
We hold regular grading every 3 months for colour belts

All instructors are experienced Black Belts and have full C.R.B. (Criminal Records Bureau) disclosures as part of our commitment to Child Protection.

If you wish to contact Mark for more information please use the Contact page.
First licence fee
Annual Renewal licence
Club badge
Association badge
Club over gi

A typical lesson begins with a period of stretching and warming up, designed to include all joints and muscle groups. Following this, the lower and higher grades will split up.

The main part of the lesson is generally split into three parts: kihon, kumite and kata. Then followed by sparring, pad work and Bunkai application.

Kihon (Basics) - This covers basic and fundamental techniques such as kicks, punches, blocks and steps. The more advanced the karateka, the more complicated the combination of techniques they will be required to perform. Training kihon helps not only to improve techniques but also to develop breathing, posture and core strength.

Kumite (Sparring) - Sparring is controlled at beginner and intermediate levels, and at more advanced levels freestyle sparring is used. This is excellent for general fitness and provides an opportunity to learn control by matching your movements, breathing, power and techniques with those of your opponent. Although the odd bruise can be expected, more serious injuries very rarely occur during kumite due to the controlled nature of the training.
Kata (Form) - Kata represents the 'Spirit' and true 'Do' (Way, Path) of Karate. They are designed as a pre-arranged series of offensive and defensive techniques, performed against multiple imaginary opponents. Each kata has its own character. Some are heavy and powerful whereas others are far more graceful and flowing in their nature. Some, however, contain a mixture of both and each kata has its own unique timing. Each kata begins with a Rei (bow) and has two focus points at which the karateka expresses his attitude by shouting (Kiai).  For more details of the kata required for each grade - see our Grading Syllabus page.
You cannot train through words. You must learn through your body, enduring pain and anguish as you strive to discipline and polish yourself. You must believe that if others can do it, you can do it too.
Master Gichin Funakoshi
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