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

Friday19:30 - 21:30


Tuesday 19:30 - 20:30

Friday19:30 - 20:30

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

Sowerby Bridge SKC

Sensei Mike Toze

8th February 2020

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

Club Grading

Shotokan Karate Academy


14th September 2019

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 followed by a Kyu grading.


We had one students grading this time.  Abbigail Fisher did a very strong grading to get her 6th Kyu (green belt).

 Well done!!!!!

Sowerby Bridge SKC

Club Grading

Shotokan Karate Academy


14th December 2019

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

Club Grading

Shotokan Karate Academy


15th June 2019

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.  Our new beginner Poppy Sowden, even though being a little nervous, did a really solid grading to get her 9th Kyu (orange belt).  Back at the club Poppy has come back with renewed vigour and is now training hard for her next belt.

Abbigail Fisher also di a very strong grading to get her 7th Kyu (yellow belt) and will now be eligible to enter most of out association competitions - watch out everyone, Abbi can definitely hold her own!!

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

Sowerby Bridge SKC

Referee Course & Northern Region Champs

Sheffield / Sunderland 

19th / 20th October 2019

One of our instructors, Scott Watson, attended a Referee and Judges course in Killamarsh on the 19th October 2019.  Here, he studied the theory of the responsibilities of a Judge and a referee and all the associated terminally and signals.

Having qualified as a Judge 12 months ago and having had a lot of practice experience, Scott chose to try for his Referee exam.  This consisted of theory written paper and a practical exam.  Scott was awarded his Referee badge after completing the course and assessment.

The following day was the Northern Regional Championships, and although there was no-one from the club competing, Scott was refereeing for the first time here.  It was a great day with lots of valuable experience.  All competitors did really well with excellent attitude and spirit.  Scott refereed in many of the elimination events and the finals and enjoyed the opportunity to give something back to Karate and the KUGB.

Sowerby Bridge SKC

Black & Brown Belt Course and Dan Grading


2nd June 2019

Today the KUGB held a free Black and Brown Belt course specifically aimed at this looking to take their first and second Dan gradings.  The course was split between Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan KUGB) and Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan KUGB).  The course was attended by Angus Norcliffe, Jack Law and Scott Watsons.  We were treated Detailed Kihon, Kata and Kumite with a real focus of technical correctness, how to use the body correctly to generate power and kime and the importance of a fierce attitude.

Angus Norcliffe took his first Dan grading after the course.  After a gruelling set of basics and Kata, he then had to do Kumite.  Angus's hard work during training paid off when he was called up for his second Kata (Heian Sandan) and was eventually awarded his Shodan.  A great example that dedication and perseverance pays off.

Well done Angus, you represented the club brilliantly and got a well deserved Black Belt - now the real training starts!!

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07921 806671

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