Welcome to Backwell Karate


A very warm welcome to Backwell Karate. Established in 1978, Backwell Karate (also known as Backwell Shotokan Karate Club) is a traditional Karate club with a long history of helping students from the Bristol area reach their potential through the martial arts.

Karate is a system of self defence originally developed and refined in Okinawa and Japan. We teach the Shotokan style of Karate (the most widely practiced in the world) and are affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain - an association regarded in high esteem across the globe. Our instructors (or 'Senseis') train with some of the best practitioners in the UK and world so that they can bring these teachings - together with their own skills - directly to you.

The training at Backwell Karate promotes good overall health, fitness and well-being for both adults and children. The concentration, commitment and dedication required can help you or your child to build a strong, confident and determined character.

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