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Welcome to Measham Karate Club

Measham Karate Club is a family orientated club open to all.  We are affiliated to the Shindo-Kai Karate Association, English Karate Federation (EKF) and in turn to the World Karate Federation (WKF), which is the only Karate organization that is fully recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).  

The style of karate we practice is Wado-Ryu with an emphasis on sport karate. The three fundamental training elements include kihons (basic techniques), kata (forms), kumite (sparring), as well as self-defence, fitness and conditioning. As well as performing demonstrations at local schools and events we regularly attend courses and numerous Association, Regional and National level competitions throughout the year. We even have a 2012 British Under 10 Kata Champion, 2014 Under 14 Individual and Team Kata Champions and 2013 English Pair Kata champions!


Aged twelve I first started training in 1984 under the skillful instruction of Sensei Ged Tumman (7th Dan) and Sensei John Tumman (7th Dan) at Kingston Karate Club, Barnsley which was at the time part of BASKA (British All Styles Karate Association) before leaving to establish Shindo-Kai Karate Association. After obtaining a first degree black belt and coaching qualification in 1990 I started my first club “Mancunian Shindo-Kai” whilst studying at Manchester University before moving to the Midlands. My qualifications include:

    - Certified 4th Dan Instructor and Senior Coach within Shindo-Kai Karate Association

    - Registered instructor with the English Karate Federation (English Karate Governing Body)

    - Full Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate (CRB) for karate instructing / coaching.

    - EKF Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance.

    - Qualified Shindo-Kai Karate Association Referee.

    - Shindo-Kai Kata Squad Coach

    - Certified in Emergency First Aid.     

Our club is also supported by assistant instructor Sensei Frank Sempebwa, whose kumite expertise and coaching is proving to be a great asset for our up and coming sparring competitors.

Karate is suitable for the whole family; boys, girls, men and women of all ages and ability; however because of the serious nature of practicing a martial art we have set a minimum age limit of 6 years, an age at which they can sufficiently comprehend what is being taught and when the body is developed enough to allow techniques to be performed properly and safely.  

Karate can help to build an individual’s self-confidence, self-awareness and self-control, improve fitness, strength, flexibility, concentration and co-ordination, as well as providing positive stimulation whist being great fun at the same time.

Classes are formally run and at the same time rewarding and fun; whilst structured lessons plans allow students to gain the most from training. Japanese instruction is used but don’t worry as it can be enjoyable and interesting to learn and you will be amazed at how quickly you will pick it up. 

Formal dojo etiquette (including Japanese terminology) is used to re-enforce self-discipline and respect for others. New students can at first be naturally apprehensive (as I can clearly remember!); however they very quickly settle in as part of the friendly group, where respect for each other is paramount. We are all here to help each other, so just come with an open mind and a willingness to learn and the rest will fall into place whilst having fun along the way!

The first two lessons are free so you can be sure we are the right club for you (we are confident you will be!).

We hope you are interested in joining us and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. 








Sensei Rob Traves - 4th Dan

Chief Instructor - Measham Karate Club


"Though a man may conquer a thousand enemies...

He who conquers himself has won the greatest victory."

Buddha, Dhammapada