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OUR CLUB
HOMECOMING

After 40 years, Chikara Karate Club proudly returns to it’s original Dojo in Carfin!

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  • OUR HOMECOMING
  • 2021 WILL BE OUR YEAR
  • WE REMAIN ADAPTABLE

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2021 WILL
BE OUR YEAR

We learned that the team and community spirit at Chikara is greater than we truly realised! 

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  • 2021 WILL BE OUR YEAR
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WE REMAIN
ADAPTABLE

Through the ups and downs, and frankly the ins and outs…

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VISITORS ARE VERY WELCOME

We are currently running our fantastic range of classes online! All new members will be very welcome!

ABOUT OUR CLUB

I started my journey with karate in 1979 in Carfin Church Hall. There were less than 10 members who were all brand new to karate. The instructor Willie Hamilton, who was a brown belt at the time, taught us all our first experience of Shukokai Karate. Two years after the club began, we moved all classes to Cathedral Primary School where it has continued to flourish up until now.

Between 1989 and 2000 several members became Scottish and British champions, and were called up to represent Scotland as part of the National team. Now after 38 years we are proud to have moved our significantly larger club back to our birthplace and opened The Dojo.

Lawrence Clifford
Chief Instructor

TRAINING

At Chikara we practice the style of Shito-Ryu, one of the 4 main styles of karate.

Throughout the 41 years of training, our club has been steeped in both the traditional and the competitive aspects of Karate. From 1989, several students have been Scottish and British Champions and have represented Scotland and Great Britain at European and World level.

Due to the vast experience of our instructors, we are able to offer a wide variety of classes for our membership through the use of our full time, purpose built Dojo. During these classes we focus on development, improving skills and fitness, and nurturing competitive athletes.

We are governed by and proudly associated with:

TRAINING TIMETABLE

New members always welcome!

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
AFTER SCHOOLS KARATE
ALL SCHOOL KIDS
3.30pm - 4.15pm
DOJO WARRIORS
PRE-SCHOOL KARATE
3.30pm - 4.15pm
AFTER SCHOOLS KARATE
ALL SCHOOL KIDS
3.30pm - 4.15pm
DOJO WARRIORS
PRE-SCHOOL KARATE
3.30pm - 4.15pm
AFTER SCHOOLS KARATE
ALL SCHOOL KIDS
3.30pm - 4.15pm
KARATE CLASS
18+ BEGINNERS
10am - 10.45am
KARATE CLASS
5-17yrs
6pm - 6.45pm
KARATE CLASS
5-17yrs
6pm - 6.45pm
KARATE CLASS
5-17yrs
11am - 11.45am
KARATE CLASS
5-17yrs
7pm - 7.45pm
ONLINE FITNESS
FULL BODY STRETCHING
8.30pm - 9.30pm
KARATE CLASS
5-17yrs
7pm - 7.45pm
18+ KARATE CLASS
Over 18s
8pm - 8.45pm
18+ KARATE CLASS
Over 18s
8pm - 8.45pm

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OUR COACHES

Meet Lawrence
6th Dan Black Belt

Lawrence Clifford started karate on October 17th 1979 in Carfin Church Hall.

In 1982, in order to be graded, Lawrence trained at the Kobe Osaka on Glassford Street in Glasgow with Tommy Morris. There he was graded up to a 1st Kyu Brown belt. He then trained with Ticky Donovan (Great Britain Karate Team Head Coach) for several years where he achieved his 1st and 2nd Dan Black belt. By 1992 he had taken on full running of Chikara Karate Club and had moved back to train traditional Shito-Ryu style with Tommy Morris. Since 1998 Lawrence has been training with Terry Connell at Shitokai Scotland, the largest Shitoryu Association in Scotland.

Lawrence was selected to represent Scotland from 1990- 2000 and to represent Great Britain at the World Championships in 1994. He has won 4 Scottish and 4 British team Gold Medals, and finished his competitive career at the young age of 38 years old, with an individual gold medal at the Scottish Championships. He then went on to coach with the Scotland Team for several years.

OUR COACHES

Meet Jason
3rd Dan Black Belt

Our coach Jason started Karate aged 3, following in the footsteps of his Dad, Lawrence.

He’s currently a 3rd Dan Black Belt and has experience competing with the national team. He has won a team gold medal at both the Scottish and British championships.

Having spent a month in Japan training in the Shitokai World Headquarters, Jason is highly experienced and a favourite with all members.

ARTICLES

Lawrence Achieves his 7th Dan

Lawrence Achieves his 7th Dan

We were absolutely honoured to have Sensei Terry Connell, our association Chief Instructor and President of Scottish Karate, visit The Dojo last night! Sensei Connell took our class last and finished with the presentation of the 7th Dan to our head instructor Lawrence...

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