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:- 


Coming up in 2020, as well as a packed schedule of regular classes, we already have:

February 2nd - kyu grading 10am

February 9th - Self Defence for All seminar.  Newton Abbot. 1-4pm £10 per person. John Burke renshi will be teaching these practical principles and some things he's never shared before.  This is not a martial arts class.  No uniform or special equipment required.  Tell your friends and relatives.

February 22nd - Neil Ellison renshi seminar 10am-3pm.  Renshi Neil has been visiting our club since 2002.  He brings a knowledge of close-combat techniques based on WadoRyu Karate and the internal Chinese martial arts of Bagua Zhang and Xing Yi.  Our members find his help invaluable.  £25 per person.Image may contain: 10 people, including Deborah Needham and John Burke, people smiling, people standing and basketball court

March 21st - government ban in force, classes on hiatus until the ban is lifted.
April 25th - Russell Stutely kyoshi seminar 10-3.  Please see the website to book.  Keikokai members see your instructor.

2nd & 3rd May - The UK Martial Arts Show.  Doncaster.
May10th - Bassai Dai Bunkai Seminar.  Essex
May 23rd & 24th - Budokwai Anniversary Seminar.  Shetland.  John Burke renshi is the guest instructor.

June 27th & 28th - Anthony Blades kyoshi seminar and BAMA Dan Grading.  postponed

July 4th & 5th - Patrick McCarthy hanshi Tegumi Renzokugeiko seminar. 11-4 & 10-3.  Postponed. 

Karate classes at our fulltime centre in Newton Abbot resume on Saturday 25th July 2020.

Karate classes in Torquay resume on Tuesday 15th September

Bunkai Bootcamp.  Newton Abbot. 
Bunkai Course. Finland.
Bunkai Camp.  Sweden.


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.