Formed in 1994, Karate Mawdesley is dedicated to the coaching of Applied Karate techniques and complimentary disciplines, such as Torite Jutsu and Kickboxing. We also teach Filipino Kali, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under our core combat brand
Our Goal is to deliver effective Self Protection Training for all our students and staff, we do this whilst continuing to enhance and develop our Training Methods and Techniques for this purpose we are closely linked with the highly acclaimed British Combat Association.
Karate Mawdesley is an independent club  and our goal is effective member  knowledge transfer tp out students, our constitution is such that we do not profit from our activity and all contributions are invested back into the club to grow its member base and skill set.


“I’m always impressed with an association which recognises both the importance of sound basics, but also the requirement to adapt a traditional eastern martial art to the demands placed on us in the west to cope with violence as it happens in today’s world!
Your associaiton has always embraced the best of traditional standard jon, but been progressive and extremely open to the concepts and strategies of personal security and the need for intensive training.
This latter prepares your students for the realities of the street and not many clubs will embark upon ‘real’ hard core training – well done!
On a closing note, I fully endorse the training regime of the KJA, and have had the pleasure of running open training courses over the years and look forward to continuing to do so.

Peter Consterdine, 9th dan, Hanshi
Joint chief instructor
British combat association
British combat karate assoication


A Normal Training Session Comprises of;

1) Warm Up & Warm Down includes Padwork

2) Kihon (Basics)

3) Kata (Set Patterns)

4) Kumite (Sparring, see below)

5) Torite Jutsu Applications (Including weapons)

6) Supplementry Training (Kali, JKD, BJJ)


KUMITE (Jiyu Kumite)

1. Our Sparring compares to Boxing/KickBoxing, were in a match the idea is to get to an anaerobic state as quickly as possible. It is this anaerobic states that best reflects a situation in a Real Live Environment. Because of the very nature of this type of sparring, we use 16oz Gloves / Full Face Headguards and Full Shin/Foot Protectors. Not forgetting Groin Guards to Protect the Crown Jewels.

KUMITE (Gohon/Sanbon/Jiyu Ippon)

2. Gohon Kumite/Sanbon Kumite/, have been replaced, all they teach the Student is to Block,Block, Block and Counter. We have adapted Jiyu Ippon Kumite along the lines of , We teach the Student to Step in to the Attack(A) usually but not always to the outside of the Attacking Arm/leg at a 45 degree angle. The defender will then be in the DSI Shooting Stance with his Energy Levels pointing to the Centre of the Opponents body. This gives the defender a good platform to go to work with, utilising the methods mentioned above, in order to deliver a good evasive manoeuvre or a controlling/Finishing Technique.(B) (C)

(A) When we practice, paired up work, the attacker never attacks with a Karate punch for example (Oi-zuki/ Gyaku-zuki). These basically are almost never used in the Street, so in an applied Karate environment why use them??

(B) All our Technique’s are building blocks, so in every lesson we start of simple, and add more as we go. It is important to state however, that if for some technique doesn’t quite work, we try and ‘fail our way to success’, this gives us the ability to make a controlled change within the technique to best leverage the opportunity at hand.

(C) All our partner work, is up close training. This brings reality to the Partner Work. The Safety of everyone is the number 1 Priority, so all techniques are practiced on a sliding scale, based on age, experience, ability and grade. Shotokan is our base art, without a base art you have nothing. A house will fall down without a good foundation.