Kenshin Shotokan Karate Club
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Well I think Sunday showed that most students have returned from the hols, so I think I’ll make this my last Happy New Year wish to anyone that I might have missed.

I have to report that being able to go to church on a Sunday again, feels like I’m back to being me. My life is back on track, so thank you karate family for allowing me to do this.

I would like to see the club grow, so I’m hoping to produce a flyer that could be distributed in schools and around the local area, so watch this space.
See you on Friday.

God bless

Well done to all those who graded on Sunday, I am proud of your achievement.

A special mention should be made to our two new black belts, Mark and Hammad, they have both worked very hard for a number of years.

We also presented Hammad with the Franklyn Doras Memorial Trophy for his commitment to the art and to the group, stepping in to support the training sessions when needed. Both he and Mark have been ready to help when needed. Thank you both.

Once again I thank Sensei Austin Birks for coming to take the grading and we wish him well as he continues to battle with cancer.
Never give up. Never give in.

Lastly. Our last session is on Friday, so let me wish you all a God blessed Christmas and New Year.
Lorraine ❤️

To my karate family.
I have news for you.
1. To confirm. The grading will be on Sunday 15 December from 11am.

2. The time change for Sundays had been confirmed. From Sunday 5 January 2020, the sessions will start at 9:30 - 11:30am.

3. Our last lesson before Christmas will be on Friday 20 December 2019. We return on Friday 3 January 2020.

I wish you joy and peace over the Christmas session.
God bless

Guys I’m so sorry to have to inform that we now cannot have the time slot originally offered as we were given in correct information. The whole sports hall is needed for party events.

They said we could come earlier or later around 4pm, which would not be suitable.

So, I am suggesting, after consulting with Pete and Emily, that we move to 9:30-11:30 on Sundays.

Please let me know what you think.

God bless
Lorraine ❤️

I would like to say a great big thank you to Sensei Austin for coming to do our workshop on Friday, even though he had to travel for 1 1/2h to get here, and despite his  continuing  battle with cancer.

It was a thing of beauty, the way in which he inspired the students. They were like flowers opening in the sunlight.

Sensei Pete and I took the opportunity to look at the students as they trained to finalise our list for the upcoming grading.

God willing and with his determination, Sensei Austin will be there for the grading.

Never give up. Never give in. God bless you. O



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It doesn't matter whether you are an absolute beginner or an advanced practitioner,you're sure of a warm welcome here; please feel free to come along and train with us.

We have invited Sensei Austin to come and do a workshop with us on Friday, 22 November. The workshop will be in TWO sessions, 6-7 pm and 7-8pm.

Students need to attend their usual session.


We shall be starting promptly.

You will need to be properly dressed and bring all of your equipment so that you are prepared for whatever Sensei Austin wants you to do.


Hope to see you all there.

God bless


When I was I teacher I learnt that if you could get a child to explain to their peers how they solved a problem, it consolidated their learning.


This is the inspiration for inviting, first black belts and then 1st Kyu student to help with training. It’s a confidence booster. Well done guys.

God Bless


I’ve often call this my karate family, and this has been proven over the last few weeks when I’ve needed to call on two of my brown belts to step in and fill the breach, with Sensei Emily while Sensei Pete has been away.

I would like to thank Emily, Mark and Hammad for the work that they’ve done. This is a family pulling together. Great stuff guys.

Now that the holidays are over, I’m hoping to see all of you rested bodies back in training. See you tomorrow.

God bless


It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to Sensei Kye yesterday. He stepped in, Sensei Pete and myself, to restart the club after Sensei Franklyn’s passing.

I’ve watched Kye develop into the young man that he is today. He is a man good character and commitment, which is why I am confident that he will do well, as he takes up this apprenticeship with BMW.

The Doras family are proud of him and wish him, as we are Sensei Franklyn would too. 

His karate family wishes him the best, and hope that once he has settled into the demanded of this new venture, he will, one day return to us.

We will miss you Kye, and we wish you all the best.

God bless

Lorraine ❤️

Well done to all those who graded on Sunday. May I say a special congratulation to little Katie who performed her way to distinction for her orange belt. 

I would also like to congratulate Zuzanna and Dion who were awarded the Franklyn Doras Memorial trophy for their outstanding commitment to karate.

Thank you once again Sensei Austin for coming to grade our students. It was wonderful to see you looking so healthy as you recover from cancer; our prayers remain with you.

Looking forward to the presentations on Friday.

God bless 


We can celebrate with those who have waited patiently to be reimbursed their grading fees, following the untimely death of Sensei Franklyn, on grading day, 12/12/17. For all of those affect, do please remember to send your acknowledgement of receipt of said fun.


Our next grading will take place on. Sunday 14 July 2019. Sensei Austin Birks has kindly agreed to grade students. The cost for the grading is £24 which must be paid by Friday, 12 July. Don’t forget to hand in your licences showing your current licence.


I won’t be there on Friday, 28 June; my granddaughter’s birthday, so you can start to bring fees in on Sunday, 30 June.

God bless 



Just to say thank you to all the mums and dads who have taken to the cashless payment system. I just have to remember that contactless only goes up to £30  ??God bless   Lorraine ❤️

Sensei Doras With Kai and Pete

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A Seminar with Iain Abernethy was held at Stechford Cascades on 07.06.15. This was another sell-out event enjoyed by all.The photo shows some members of Kenshin Shotokan Karate Club with Iain Abernethy- for additional photos of the day see courses under events


Oliver,as a white belt,now below demonstrating choko tsuki as a 9th Kyu (Orange belts) to the Beginners- Red belts here

A demonstration of Gohon kumite by a Red belt- click here


Orange belts demonstrating using the hip- click here


Kenshin Shotokan Karate Club

Stechford Leisure Centre

Station Road



B33 8QN

Mobile: 07849885231



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Training Times (age 6+):

Fridays:6-7PM (Beginners to Red belts)

Fridays:7-8PM (Yellow belts to Black belts)


Sundays:9:30 - 10:30 (Beginners to Red belts)

Sundays:10:30 - 11:30 (Yellow belts to Black belts)



We operate a continuous beginners programme but please contact us to book your place.



The next grading will take place on, Sunday, 15/12/19
Fees need to be in by Friday, 13/12/19
Our grading Sensei will be Sensei Austin Birks.
Good luck to all graders
God bless ❤️

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