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. This dojo has sinced 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 Sensei Chris Clayton (4th 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 - Tier 4

    Unfortunately due Chelmsford now placed into Tier 4 both North Avenue and Keene Hall Dojo's have again had to close its doors until further notice. 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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