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:- 


Saturday 18th January - 1-4pm Heian Kata Bunkai Workshop, Karate Academy, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot with John Burke sensei.  Functional explainations of each move from the 5 Heian/Pinan kata. 

22nd February - 1-4pm Kururunfa Seminar, Karate Academy, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot with Martyn Harris sensei.  Tuition in the performance of this advanced Naha-te kata.  

Weds 9th April 10am-12 Photos by Ross at Brunel Road, Newton Abbot.Saturday 

Saturday 12th April - 1-4pm Training with Anthony Blades renshi.  Karate Academy, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot.  Black Belts and 1st kyu only.  

Friday 18th April 1-3pm Photos by Ross at Brunel Road, Newton Abbot

Saturday 3rd May - Tuite in Tekki seminar with John Burke 1-4pm.  

Sunday 11th May Continued Instructor Training.

Saturday 17th May - 15th Anniversary Celebration 10am start.  Training and then Barbecue.  All members welcome in Newton Abbot.

Sunday 25th May kyu grading, Newton Abbot 10am start.

Wednesday 28th May Booster Day.  Newton Abbot 10am-3pm One month's training in one day.

Sunday 29th June kyu grading, Newton Abbot 10am start.

Friday 25th - Sunday 27th July Brecon Camp in Wales

Sunday 3rd August kyu grading, Newton Abbot 10am start

Friday 8th - Monday 11th August Bunkai Bootcamp, Newton Abbot.

Monday 18th - Friday 22nd August Summer School, Newton Abbot.  10am- 3pm each day.  One month's training in one week.

Saturday & Sunday 25th & 26th October 2014.  BAMA Weekend Seminar.Renshi Anthony Blades, Sensei Neil Ellison, Sensei John Burke, and Sensei Martyn Harris.  All styles and grades welcome as we explore the combative sides of the martial arts.  

Sunday 2nd November kyu grading, Newton Abbot

Sunday 23rd November Women's Self-Defence class with Clare Potter sensei.  1-4pm, Newton Abbot.  Book your place by emailing 

Sunday 14th December kyu grading Newton Abbot.

Sunday 21st December 2014 - The Special Lesson.  11am-3pm games, awards, and BYO buffet - free to members

Tuesday 23rd December 2014 - last timetabled lessons.

Extra classes on Sunday 28th 10-12 Newton Abbot, and Tuesday 30th 6-8pm Newton Abbot.

Friday January 2nd - Normal Timetable resumes.  
Saturday 3rd January - no Paignton class due to hall not re-opening yet.
Saturday 24th January - Heian Seminar in Newton Abbot.

Plus Kyoshi Anthony Blades seminar; Introduction to Pressure Points course all coming soon.


In the past we have had visits from Alan Ruddock sensei (who trained in Aikido with Ueshiba), and Terry Wingrove sensei, Anthony Blades renshi andBAMA Russell Stutely renshi, and Stuart Howe sensei & Neil Ellison sensei.  We have conducted Kata Comparison Seminars with John Burke sensei,  Martyn Harris sensei, and Damien Birch sensei.  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.  Most recently, Terry O'Neill (KUGB 7th Dan) 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 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 TMAS, 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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