As progressive traditionalists, we like to invite guest instructors who share our vision of how great martial arts training is to come and teach us.  These seminars, and nearly all of the events that our Chief Instructor John Burke teaches, are usually open to all martial artists, regardless of experience or affiliation.  Here are a few of the events that we have lined up:- 

Sunday 6th March 2016 - Practical Bunkai Workshop 10am-3pm, Karate Academy, Newton Abbot.  
Sunday 13th March 2016 - Members will be attending a private screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 at the cinema in Newton Abbot.
Sunday 13th March 2016 - Ladies Self Defence 1-4pm with Clare Potter sensei, Karate Academy, Newton Abbot. 
Sunday 24th April - Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame Black Belt Awards, Burton-on-Trent
Saturday 7th May 2pm Bunkai workshop at the UK Martial Arts Show, The Dome, Doncaster.  
Sunday 15th May 1pm Locks & Holds in Kata Bunkai seminar with John Burke renshi
Friday 2nd June-Sunday 4th June The South-West Karate Experience at Butlins, Minehead, with Anthony Blades kyoshi, John Burke renshi, and Martyn Harris renshi.
Wednesday 8th June - Hanshi Patrick McCarthy 9th Dan Tegumi Renzokugeiko seminar in Newton Abbot.
Sunday 3rd July - pre-Dan Grading test. 10am-12noon
Sunday 10th July - Ladies Self Defence course with Clare Potter sensei
Sunday 17th July - kyu grading
Friday 22nd July - Sunday 24th July MHKA Summer Camp in Brecon, Wales, with Martyn Harris renshi, John Burke renshi, and Martyn Skipper sensei.
Monday 1st August - Friday 5th August - Summer School at the Karate Academy 10am-3pm.  One month's training in one week. 
Saturday 3rd September - Neil Ellison renshi teaching neigung and applicative principles.  Newton Abbot 10am-3pm. 
Sunday 25th September Bunkai Seminar in Wrawby with John Burke renshi.
Saturday 1st October - Anthony Blades kyoshi teaching practical Karate.  Newton Abbot.  10-11.30am kyu grades
.  12noon Dan Grading.   1-3.30pm Brown Belts and above.   
Saturday 15th October Bunkai Seminar in Doncaster with John Burke renshi.  
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October Bunkai Seminar in Oldmeldrum with John Burke renshi.

Sunday 20th November - Ladies Self Defence course with Clare Potter sensei.  No previous martial arts experience necessary.  These are the simple principles for keeping people safe, regardless of size, strength, or fitness.  10 per person, 1-4pm   Book now on 01626 360999 or email 

Sunday 11th December - Martyn Harris renshi teaching Yara Kusanku kata.  Newton Abbot 10am-2.30pm.  25 per person 

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th June 2017 South West Karate Experience, Perran Sands, Parranporth, Cornwall.


In the past we have had visits from Alan Ruddock sensei (who trained in Aikido with Ueshiba), and Terry Wingrove sensei, Anthony Blades kyoshi and  Russell Stutely renshi, and Stuart Howe renshi & Neil Ellison renshi.  We have conducted Kata Comparison Seminars with John Burke renshi, and  Martyn Harris renshi.  

Hanshi Tino Ceberano (Goju 9th Dan) has been to see us and teach and we have had the great pleasure of training with Patrick McCarthy 9th dan hanshi.  Terry O'Neill (KUGB 7th Dan) sensei also came to teach at our dojo.  

There have been a Kick-a-Thons in aid of Cancer Research, CLiC,  Cystic Fibrosis, Marie Curie, The Ricky Grant unit of Torbay Hospital, and in 2015 we supported the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, raising over 4000!  We've also had fun evenings for Children in Need and Red Nose Day.  We also often hold Women's Self Defence Courses with Clare Potter sensei.  A Sport Relief demo at Newton Abbot Sainsburys, and the road trip to The Martial Arts Show, as well as our usual training and gradings.

Please enquire by ringing 01626 360999 or emailing here  if you would like more information on any of these events in particular.

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