The History of Chelmsford Karate

Our History

Chelmsford Karate was first started at Springfield Green, Chelmsford in 1984 by Sensei Gary Webber. In 1986 the running of the club was taken over by Sensei Kevin Nason (7th Dan), who in 1988 moved it to its present location of Keene Hall Galleywood.

In 1996 in support of the Club, Keith Bishop (6th Dan) opened his own Dojo at Trent Road, Chelmsford. Sensei Keith was one of Springfield Green Dojo’s first students. This dojo has since moved to North Avenue in Melbourne, Chelmsford.

In 2010 Sensei Bruce Harrison opened a Dojo at the Heritage Centre in Galleywood, with training for kids and adults every Wednesday. This moved to Keene Hall and is currently run by Sensei Kevin Nason. The instructors and students from all Dojo's support each other in a friendly club atmosphere for the benefit of all. Our club’s welcome adults and children, beginner or experienced to learn a traditional martial art that is recognised around the world.

Sadly in June 2020 Sensei Keith passed away and his Dojo was passed down to one of his first students Chris Clayton (4th Dan)

Who Are We?

Chelmsford Karate is not just about learning karate, Martial Arts or Self Defence. It is a place of friendship. A place to find and meet new friends that share the same interests as you.

More Than Just A Karate Club

Chelmsford Karate is not just about learning karate. It is a place of friendship.

Learn Something New

Are you loooking to lean new skills? Are you looking for your Next Challenge? Goju-Ryu Karate could be your Answer.

The Value of Karate

Modern city life deprives you of the exercise necessary for fitness and mental health.

Get Fit and Lose Weight

No more boring gym routines!! Karate and Martial Arts helps with Weight loss, Increased Stamina, Improved Flexibility.

Karate is for you

Karate can be taken up by children and by men and women of any age. 

Improved Mental Wellness

It’s common for us to struggle with self-esteem, confidence as we deal with the competitive environments and overloaded to-do lists that surround us. Karate helps you find the balance needed to live life to the fullest.

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We practise traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu, which focuses on effective close quarters fighting. We enjoy tournaments but believe that the true heart of karate is self-defence.





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North Avenue Location

United Reformed Church,
North Avenue,
Chelmsford, CM1 2AL
Phone: 07951321480

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Watchhouse Road,
Galleywood, CM2 8PT
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