The club was formed in 1996 by the club instructor Steve Ashby.  He asked Sensei Dave Kershaw, who's Steve's own Sensei (instructor), to name the club and the name Kyōtō was given.

The Kyōtō Shotokan Karate Clubs' name comes from the old name of Bristol (Bristow: brycg, meaning "bridge" and stow, meaning "assembly place.").  Kyōtō (pronounced Kyootoo) is written in Japanese Kanji as 橋頭, 橋 (kyō) meaning "bridge" and 頭 (tō) meaning "head", so a literal translation would be "bridgehead" or "vicinity of a bridge".  So Kyōtō ni Dōjō means "Dōjō in the vicinity of a bridge".

Our aim is to teach traditional Shotokan Karate.

The Kyoto Shotokan Karate club was set up in 1996.  We are affiliated to Shotokan Karate International (SKI) of Great Britain (SKI-GB) headed by Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan) - Chief Instructor to Europe and Great Britain.

We run mixed classes for men, women and children at Avonmouth Rugby Football Club, Shirehampton..
Each evening has three classes:

·         6:00pm - 6:45pm Level - Beginner

·         7:00pm - 7:45pm Level - Beginner / Intermediate

·         8:00pm - 8:45pm Level - Intermediate / Advanced

With the average cost of a one hour lesson costing anywhere up to £10.00, we try to keep the cost to families as low as possible, charging just £4.00 per hour for PAYG.

Discounts apply for doing double/treble classes in an evening and also for families and further discounts for pay-monthly.

We are a non-profit making club, all training money goes into to the club to pay for hall hire, insurance and guest instructors.

We host regular courses in Bristol with senior Shotokan Instructors - to date we have had regular courses with Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan), Sensei Paul Mead (7th Dan), Sensei Dave Kershaw (8th Dan), Sensei Ken Davies (7th Dan).




Avonmouth Old Boys Rugby Club
Barracks Lane
Bristol, BS11 9NG


Tuesday:  Our Karate Classes have not resumed on Tuesday's yet.

·         6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (beginners)

·         7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (beginner/intermediate)

·         8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (intermediate/advanced)


·         6:00 PM - 6:45 PM (beginners)

·         7:00 PM - 7:45 PM (beginner/intermediate)

·         8:00 PM - 8:45 PM (intermediate/advanced)


Team members

Steve Ashby

Steve started training in Shotokan Karate in 1984.

Nick Bruce-Jones

Nick is a senior instructor at our club, travelling up from from his…

Peter Goodman

Pete is our appointed Safeguarding officer.

Susan Hula

Sue is our lead first aider at our karate club.

Gaby Zarif

Gaby is a trainee instructor with us at SKI Bristol and is now…

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