Welcome to Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club

Our Club was established by Sensei Charles and Sensei Dot Naylor in 1967 and we are proud to be affiliated to the KUGB (the Karate Union of Great Britain), the UK’s largest single style Karate Organisation.

Our Senior Instructors, Sensei Jane Naylor-Jones (5th Dan) and Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones (5th Dan), are Long Standing Members of the KUGB, qualified KUGB Instructors, Senior Assessors and are fully DBS checked.  They are supported by a team of qualified Black Belt Instructors.  Together we are committed to the highest standard of teaching.

Anyone from aged 4 years upwards, with no upper age limit for adults, can start to learn Karate with us.  For our younger members we offer the Shotokan Tigers Karate Classes, with lots of extra fun lessons and activities taking place through school holidays.  We also have regular adult only, high grade classes and family classes.  Plus Private Lessons are available, upon request, for those who want tuition to suit their individual needs.

At Chelmsford Karate Club we stress the importance of true Karate spirit to our students and, to this end, emphasis is always placed on the development of the disciplines of Character, Sincerity, Effort, Etiquette and Self Control. It is because of this training that our students attain such high standards.

In January of 2015, the Club was awarded the prestigious title of 'Team of the Year' at the Essex Chronicle Sports Awards.  This was a fantastic achievement for the Club especially as Sensei Dot Naylor, one of our founder members, had been awarded the 'Unsung Hero' at the Active Essex Sports Awards a month earlier.  The recognition of our Club and it's reputation, not only within the world of Karate, went one step further when in June 2015 the Prime Minister awarded Sensei Dot Naylor with a UK Point of Light.

In June 2017, the Club were very pleased to be approved as a Fitness in Mind UK. Our Club has been actively committing to the Mental Wellbeing of our members as well as their physical and social wellbeing so it was great to receive this recognition.

In December 2017, Mia Hillsden was awarded 'Young Sports Personality of the Year' by Active Essex following an outstanding year when she became both British Youth Grand Champion (Kata & Kumite) and was crowned World Female Youth Kata Champion in Italy.  This event was also attended by Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones who was awarded 'Ambassador of the Year' by Active Essex for his voluntary work with Disability Sports.

We hope that you find our website informative and would invite you to stop by to watch one of our classes or call us on 07973 672 663.


Latest Club News

Grading Day

  Full grading class with Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) centre, together with Chelmsford Instructors Jane and Richard Naylor-Jones Sensei Andy Sherry, Chief Instructor of the Karate Union of...

Top Team

Chelmsford's Top Team : l-r Alexander Lockett, Layla Barrett, Mia Hillsden, Romilly Pope, Ella Roberts, Nick Nelson Our Chelmsford Team was fantastic at the KUGB's National...


Next Course, Club Grading or Event

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This is the first of our Summer Holiday training courses aimed to give our young students (aged 4 upwards) a great training experience and a lot of fun. The course last for 3 hours and all you'll need is a snack and a drink. Beginners are welcome  ...

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The final Shotokan Tigers Course of the Summer holidays will soon be upon us and this time we hope to have the added fun of the Bouncy Castles. The course is for 4years upwards and will last 3 hours.  All you need to bring is a snack and a drink. There'll be lots of fun...

venue and times tbc It is very important to us that everyone who teaches at Chelmsford Karate Club, from the top down, has the same ethos, the same goals.  So we have decided to run another Instructors workshop for all of our high grades (4th kyu and above) Further details will...