The club was formed in 1996 by the club instructor Steve Ashby (2nd Dan).  He asked Sensei Dave Kershaw, who's Steve's own Sensei (instructor), to name the club and the name Kyōtō was given.


The Kyōtō Shotokan Karate Clubs' name comes from the old name of Bristol (Bristow: brycg, meaning "bridge" and stow, meaning "assembly place.").  Kyōtō (pronounced Kyootoo) is written in Japanese Kanji as 橋頭, 橋 (kyō) meaning "bridge" and 頭 (tō) meaning "head", so a literal translation would be "bridgehead" or "vicinity of a bridge".  So Kyōtō ni Dōjō means "Dōjō in the vicinity of a bridge".


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We are a small, family friendly. Karate club situated in Shirehampton, Bristol.






Our aim is to teach traditional Shotokan Karate.

Club instruction is with Steve Ashby (2nd Dan)

The Kyoto Shotokan Karate club was set up in 1996.  We are a constituted club, affiliated to Shotokan Karate International (SKI) of Great Britain (SKI-GB) headed by Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan) - Chief Instructor to Europe and Great Britain..

Club Instructors are CRB checked and hold Personal Liability Insurance.

Our Child Protection Policy follows that set by Karate England (KE).

We run mixed classes for men, women and children at Avonmouth Rugby Football Club, Shirehampton..
Each evening has four classes:

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Level - Beginner
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm Level - Beginner / Intermediate
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm Level - Intermediate / Advanced

With the average cost of a one hour lesson costing anywhere between £3.00 - £7.00, we try to keep the cost to families as low as possible, charging £4.00 per hour for Adults (14+) and £3.00 per hour for Juniors (5-13yrs).

Discounts apply for doing double/treble classes in an evening and also for families.

We are a non-profit making club, all training money goes into to the club to pay for hall hire, insurance and guest instructors.

Course with Sensei Dave Kershaw (6th Dan)We host regular courses in Bristol with senior Shotokan Instructors - to date we have had regular courses with Sensei Paul Mead (7th Dan) and Sensei Dave Kershaw (6th Dan).

Kyoto Club Instructor - Steve Ashby (2nd Dan)

steveSteve started his Karate training back in 1984, at the Konjaku Shin Karate Club, in Grimsby.  Training was typically 3-4 times a week, under Sensei Dave Kershaw (now 7th Dan). Steve continued his Karate training at University in Middlesbrough, but regularly traveled back to Grimsby to receive tuition at the Konjaku Shin club.

SteveIn 1986, he moved to St.Albans, Herts, where he trained at a small S.K.I. club in the town and its’ sister club in nearby Luton.

He received his 1st Dan in 1991 and his 2nd Dan in 1998.

In 1992, he moved to Yeovil in the South West, and started to travel back and forth to Bristol to train at Bristol S.K.I., where he also taught the karate classes.

In 1996, he set up the Kyoto Shotokan Karate Club in Shirehampton.





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