Karate Seminars/Events-Karate Academy


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:- 


What happens this year depends a lot on what the government decides is allowed.  Coming up in 2021, as well as a packed schedule of regular classes, we already have:

January 2nd - timetable recommences, as per Tier 3
January 5th - Lockdown announced.
Janury 13th - next government Tier Review
January 24th - "I'm Famous" Photography, taking our "school photos".

February tbc - kyu grading 10am

March 8th - schools reopen.
April 2nd - Good Friday
April 4th - Easter Sunday
April 12th - The dojo reopens for children's classes.  Adults may participate in Private Individual Training.

May 1st & 2nd - The UK Martial Arts Show, Doncaster.  Postponed.

May 17th - Adult classes resume
May 22nd & 23rd -  Shetland Budokwai Seminar.  Our John Burke renshi is the guest instructor.  Postponed.

August 2nd-6th - Summer School.  Karate training 10am-3pm daily, plus the evening sessions if you want them.  Congratulations to everyone who made it through the week.
August 7th - Little Warriors Stripe Test.  9am start.  Congratulations to those who passed.
August 8th - Kyu Grading.  10am start.  Congratulations to those who passed.
August 31st - Bank Holiday Monday.  No classes.

September 11th - Bully Buster.  Primary School children1-2pm, £5 per person.  Secondary School children 2.30-4pm, £7.50 per person.  Please call 01626 360999 or email info@KarateAcademy.co.uk to book your places.
September 18th - Little Warriors Stripe Test in Newton Abbot.  9am start.
September 19th - Kyu Grading.  1pm start. 

October 17th - Ladies Self Defence in Newton Abbot. 1-4pm.  Just £12.50 per person.  Please call 01626 360999 or email info@KarateAcademy.co.uk to book your places.
October 24th - World Karate Day 100 Kata Challenge.  10am start.
October 30th - Little Warriors Stripe Test.  9am start.
October 31st - Kyu Grading.  1pm start.
November 13th - Kyoshi Anthony Blades teaching in Newton Abbot.  Grade specific seminars plus Dan Grading overseem by Blades Kyoshi and Burke Renshi.
November 20th & 21st - Shetland Budokwai Seminar.  John Burke renshi teaching practical applications in Shetland.

and much more.



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 his guests.  

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, in 2015 we supported the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, raising over £4000!  In 2017 we raised £6000 for YoungMINDs.  We've also had fun evenings for Children in Need and Red Nose Day.  We also often hold Women's Self Defence Courses, Bully Buster, and Zanshin training.  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.

Our members are welcome at all the special events, never forgetting that it is the regular training that gives us the confidence and mindset as well as the skill set to succeed at these events.

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