Welcome to Sowerby Bridge Shotokan Karate Club which is proud to be affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB - www.kugb.org).  At its heart the club looks to foster the true potential within each student.  Karate fosters the spirit of the individual and strives to encourage each student to be the best that they can be.  With diligent training, we aim not only to create an advanced level of physical fitness but also mental fitness with confidence and determination to always do your best. 

Training is provided by qualified instructors who have been fully DBS checked.  Both instructors have been training in Shotokan Karate for over 30 years and have attained senior grades.  The instructors bring a deep understanding of the mechanics of Karate, the technical details as well as the discipline and respect.  Having competed at regional, national and international level, this experience will also be used to develop the skills of students.

Sowerby Bridge Shotokan Karate Club is a completely inclusive, non-discriminatory club welcoming all ages, backgrounds and physical abilities, from total beginners to senior grades.


Training times:

Tuesday 19:30 - 21:30 (changed to MONDAY 19:30 start)

Friday19:30 - 21:30 (changed to19:00 start)


Tuesday 19:30 - 20:30 (changed to MONDAY 19:30 start)

Friday19:30 - 20:30 (changed to19:00 start)

Session Fees:

Free for first session

£5.00 per session

£35.00 per month Standing Order for all sessions (saving £80.00 per year)

Family discount - 10% for each additional family member

Latest News

17th September 2020

Temporary Dojo Changes

Locations and times

Due to COVID19 and the restrictions from Calderdale meaning we cannot get back to our Dojo in the near future, below are the temporary measures put in place to allow us to keep training.

Please ensure you read the COVID-19 section under the Information tab.

Mondays (from 12th Oct 2020)

19:30 - 21:30  for seniors

19:30 - 20:30 for Juniors/Beginners

Mytholmroyd Community Centre

Caldene Ave,


Hebden Bridge



19:00 - 20:30 

"Vic's Place"

St Pegs Mill

Thornhill Beck Lane 



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28th February 2020

Advanced Kata & Bunkai


Sensei Alex Cockx (2nd Dan KUGB)

On Friday 28th February we were lucky enough to secure the services of Sensei Alex Cockx from Hale Karate Club.  

We were treated a an exceptionally detailed and technical lesson in basics, Nijushiho and the application for the kata.

Alex's attention to detail and raw energy was infectious and everyone who attended left with a deeper understanding of the kata but more importantly a deeper understanding of how they, as individuals, could adapt to ensure their own karate improved.

Everyone who attended the course asked when Alex would be back and we very much hope to host Alex again soon.

Sowerby Bridge SKC

4th August 2020

Club Grading

Shotokan Karate Academy


Our club grading was held at the Shotokan Karate Academy and was run by the club Chief instructor and senior KUGB instructor, Garry Harford (8th Dan).

These are very unusual circumstances and the grading was well prepared and well organised to meet the strict restrictions put in place due to COVID19.

Both Vic and Aggie performed brilliantly and Sensei was very pleased with both of them commenting on a very strong grading.

Well done ladies, you represented yourselves and the club brilliantly!

Sowerby Bridge SKC

8th February 2020

Sensei Mike Toze

It is with deep regret that we have to inform all past members of both Sowerby Bridge and Mytholroyd Karate clubs of the recent passing of Sensei Mike Toze of Rochdale.

Sensei Toze had taught at both clubs on a monthly basis for over 40 years and his wisdom and training helped many students achieve their grades.

We are sure that we all have our own stories to tell about his training.

He will be sadly missed.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy goes out to his family.

Sowerby Bridge SKC

14th March 2020

Club Grading

Shotokan Karate Academy


Our club grading was held at the Shotokan Karate Academy and was run by the club Chief instructor and senior KUGB instructor, Garry Harford (8th Dan).

Prior to the grading there was a black and brown belt course and this was attended by several of our senior grades.  This was followed by a Kyu grade course before the grading.


We had two students grading this time.  Poppy Sowden did a really solid grading to get her 8th Kyu (red belt) and is already looking forward to starting training for her yellow belt

Gio, a student from Mytholmyroyd, who has been training over a year now took his first KUGB grading and double graded to to 8th Kyu.  Well done Gio.

It was a great day with all our students representing the club fantastically.  Well done!!!!!

Sowerby Bridge SKC

14th December 2019

Club Grading

Shotokan Karate Academy


On the 14th December the club travelled to Manchester and Sensei Garry Harford's club.  We took our two newest beginners, Aggie Wozniak and Vic Hendry to train with Sensei Harford before the grading.

Club Members Peter Ingham, Nick Shaw and Scott Watson also travelled over to train in the advanced class and were treated the usual technical detail and our energy of Sensei Harford.

At the grading both Aggie and Vic did really well and Sensei gave both really positive comments.  Well done ladies, you represented the club fantastically and did yourselves proud.

Sowerby Bridge SKC

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07921 806671

07880 530514


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