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Haxby Shotokan Karate Club is a JKS associated club with a proud 40 year history. We train in Wigginton just outside of York. We are a friendly club and our training sessions are open to all abilities and fitness levels from age 6 onwards. Our priority is, and always has been our members, which is why we are proud that we have always been, and will always be a totally non-profit club. No member of our club, including instructors and committee members receive any payment. This means that we are one of the best value karate clubs in the York area.


The club started back in 1981 when Mike Adamson and Sensei Ian Shaw founded the club. It was the first Karate Club to be established in Haxby and has been proudly training students for over 40 years.

The first ever training session was held in November 1981 at Wigginton Recreation Hall. Both Mike and Ian, assisted by Ian's wife Wendy, were only Shodans at the time. 

Due to financial reasons, the club was forced to train at the working men's club for several years before returning to its rightful home at the Wigginton Recreation Hall. Gary Osguthorpe was the first student at Haxby to attain his Shodan and was the first in a long line of others including Alexandra Coleman, Paul Smith, and John Gude.

Unfortunately, Mike chose to move away from karate but as one Mike bowed out another took up the reigns of the club. In the late 1980's Sensei Mike Gude joined the club and became the Chief instructor, a role which we are proud to say he retains to this day.

Although Sensei Mike and Sensei Ian have done a fantastic job of leading the club, it is the dedication and commitment of the students that has allowed the club to thrive for more than 40 years. At Haxby Shotokan Karate Club we are proud of our family atmosphere and dedication to develop well rounded Karateka. The development of the student is more important to us than the collection of medals and trophies.

Sensei Mike and Sensei Ian have led by example showing that they hold the true nature of karate close to their hearts and feel a sense of loyalty and passion about training us. As a student it is up to us to try to follow this example to ensure the future success of the club.


Gary Osguthorpe, Ian Shaw, Mike Adamson, Wendy Shaw.


Mike Adamson, demonstrating Yoko Geri Kekomi


The training at Haxby Karate is split between the Early and Children’s Class (6:15pm – 7:00pm Monday and Thursday) and the Main Class (7:00pm – 9:00pm Monday and Thursday).

The Early and Children’s Class is suitable for children aged 6 - 8 years old and their parents. Training fees are only £15.00 per month and the training sessions are held on Monday and Thursday from 6.15pm to 7.00pm at Wigginton Recreation Hall. This is focused mainly on the basics of karate to give beginners the strong foundations that they will need for their karate journey. The class allows parents to train separately from their children, so they can receive the attention they require from the instructors to progress naturally. To maintain interest for the kids we provide some interesting twists to their training from time to time including activities such as obstacle courses to improve agility and balance, to games like dodge ball and tag to increase their reactions. By the time the children have reached 8 years old (or Yellow belt: 8th Kyu) they should be ready to progress to our main karate class.

The main class focuses at older children 8+ and more senior grades this helps to enhance and improve all the karate the beginners have gained in the Early and Children’s Class. It also allows us to develop our order beginners at a pace which suits their development. The first hour of the Main Class from 7.00pm - 8.00pm focuses on basics Kihon, Kata and Kumite for all grades. The last hour (8:15pm – 9:00pm) focuses mainly on more advanced techniques suitable for brown and black belts to help in their further karate journey, although we do have a number of lower grades who supplement their training by taking advantage of this opportunity to experiment with more advanced techniques. Training fees for this class are only £15.00 per month for junior members (up to 18 years old) and £20.00 per month doe adults.


We train at Wigginton Recreation Hall, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2PL on Monday and Thursdays.

We run the early for children age 6 to 8 and begginners of all ages with the main class being for adults and children age 8 and over. The needs of every individual are taken into account and the Club's instructors will discuss with the child and their parents as to which class is most appropriate. 

​Our class times are:

  • Early Class - 6:15pm - 7:00pm

  • Main Class - 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Early classes are from 6.15pm to 7.00pm and the main class is from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Younger children have the option of leaving the main class at 8.00pm. 

Our monthly training fees are:

  • ​Children age 6 to 17 - £15.00

  • Adults (18+) - £20.00 

The monthly fee enables you to train on both Monday and Thursdays. Where 2 or more people from the same household train the 1st member pays full price and further members receive a discount of £2.50 per month.

When you decide that karate is for you we will ask you to join the Club which is currently £35 per year. This membership fee includes your registration to the JKS which is the Association we are affiliated with. Wearing a Gi is not compulsory but if you do wish to purchase a Gi they can be bought from the Club for between £25 - £30 depending on size, or they can be purchased from various retailers or on-line.

To find out more pop along to one of our training sessions, email

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