Club History

The History of Chelmsford Karate

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.

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.

In June 2020 sensei Keith’s Dojo was passed down to one of his first students sensei Chris Clayton (3rd Dan)

About Us

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.

Our instructors include Police Officers who have used their skills on the streets many times.

Latest News

  • Training Update

    Unfortunately due to the national lockdown coming into affect on Thursday 5th November both North Avenue and Keene Hall Dojo's have closed its doors and hope to reopen in December. In its place we will be running training sessions online through Zoom. If you are interested in joining get in contact with us or reach out to the clubs Welfare Officer.

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