Paul Mead course Bristol 2010The Kyoto Shotokan Karate Club is based in Avonmouth Old Boys Rugby Club, Shirehampton, Bristol - close to Avonmouth, Sea Mills, Lawrence Weston, Henbury, Southmead, Stoke Bishop, Portishead and Westbury-on-Trym.

We run karate classes in Bristol on Thursday evenings, with lessons for both beginners and experienced students - click here for our Training Schedule/list of classes.

We teach traditional Shotokan Karate (Martial Art) - our lessons are structured to teach traditional Karate as taught by the Japanese, with the emphasis on discipline and karate technique. Karate is suitable for all ages, we have children training from the ages of 5 upwards, and men/women of all ages (there is no upper age limit).

The karate lessons are taught by club instructor Steve Ashby (2nd Dan) - Steve has over 30 years karate experience, starting to learn karate back in 1984 at the Konjaku Shin dojo under Sensei Dave Kershaw (7th Dan).
Steve established the Bristol Karate club back in 1996.
To ensure students are taught to the highest standard, all our students are graded by Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan), the Chief Instructor to SKI Europe.

Dave KershawWe host regular karate classes/courses in Bristol with senior SKI-GB instructors, Sensei Paul Mead (7th Dan), 2011 SKI European Gold medalist (Masters Kumite) and Sensei Dave Kershaw (7th Dan), bringing some of the most experienced karate instructors to Bristol for our students.
Paul Mead teaching in BristolSensei Kershaw will be teaching at our club in March 2017 and Sensei Paul Mead will be teaching at the Bristol Karate club in June and December 2017.


Shiro Asano portraitOur club is affiliated to Shotokan Karate International (SKI) of Great Britain, under Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan European Chief Instructor SKIEF).

SKIF is headed by the world renowned Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th Dan) and is one of the largest worldwide karate organisations.




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Alternatively, if you are interested in joining or learning more about what we do, please feel free to contact Steve on 07890396276 or contact us by e-mail (  If not, please feel free to pop along and watch one of our Bristol karate classes/lessons or join in with a free taster karate class. Click here for more information on joining or contact us.

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