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Welcome to the Kodokan Martial Arts Web Site.

The School

Kodokan Martial Arts is a traditional style based school that is based in Darlington Co Durham UK. It incorporates individual clubs for Karate Training (art of the empty hand) as well as Okinawan Weapons Training (Kobudo).

The styles of Karate are given below with the School's Kobudo Style:

  • Anshin Ryu (incorporating Little Dragons Classes) – from 5 years to adult
  • Kamishin Ryu – from 16 years old to adult
  • Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International - from 14 years to adult  
Anshin Ryu Karate Kamishin Ryu Karate Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan

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Anshin Karate



The Kobudo is a weapons school of the style called Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan, and has twelve traditional weapons in the system for the student to study.

These include: Bo, Sai, Tunkua, Nunchaku, Nunti, Ueku, Kama, Surichin, Kuwa, Tinbe, Manji Sai, and Sunsetsu Kon

In addition Hanbo and Bokken are also studied and part of the weapons that accompany the system.

All the lessons are given by highly experienced instructors with many years of experience (see the instructors’ page). Kodokan Martial Arts’ instructors are still taught by higher instructors above them thereby providing a continuous high level of knowledge which is passed down through the grades. Within each system the students of Kodokan Martial Arts learn their individual art which provides self defence skills and mind set that can be an advantage in today’s society.

 

More About Kodokan Martial Arts

 

Karate and Kobudo Students

Within Kodokan Martial Arts there is a school which will accommodate students of all ages, from 5 years to our Senior Citizens. A new student can choose to have lessons in just one of the martial arts such as one of the two styles of Karate, or Kobudo, or both Karate and Kobudo depending upon their preference and time they wish to put in training. Furthermore, Kodokan Martial Arts has taught students that have been novices to black belts from other schools that wanted to learn more than just a martial sport. All the schools are based around traditional Japanese values, and therefore steeped in both etiquette and philosophy.

Another Learn More Than Just the Physical Side of Martial Arts

As well as the practical aspect of the martial art being taught, the student learns the theory behind the arts, thus expanding their mind through martial knowledge. The student over time will get a complete balance of theory and practise. They will also have a good understanding of Japanese etiquette in martial arts.

The Benefits

The benefits in training in the martial arts are vast. Some are:

  • improving physical fitness,
  • giving personal improvement in character,
  • self-discipline,
  • confidence,
  • motivation,
  • respect and
  • self-esteem.

In addition to those above you will learn how to defend yourself in today's society, and having a network of martial art friends.

Additional Information

Our instructors are Nationally and Internationally recognised, have coaching qualifications and have been CRB checked. We also operate a Child Safe Approved Scheme. The Anshin Ryu Karate School is associated to United Kingdom Martial Arts Federation (UKMAF) and the associated the Karate Governing Body. The Kamishin Ryu Karate is Associated to Kamishin Ryu Karate Do UK, and the Matayoshi Kobudo school is Associated to the Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International in Japan, via MKKI and Franco Sanguinetti Sensei 7th Dan.

 

Find Out More

Within the following pages you will find further information relating to the different styles taught, details of where and when lessons are held and about the school's instructors. There are also links to various web pages that you may find interesting and useful.

As you have made the decision to look at this web site, discovering how you can improve your physical and mental well being through the ancient way of traditional martial arts, then please delve further and look at the plethora of martial arts and fitness lessons, which are practised at:

Kodokan Martial Arts Darlington
Tel: 0780 782 7978
email: enquiry@kodokan.org.uk

2013 Awards

These awards are given out at the end of each year. They are:

  • Outstanding Senior Shield for Anshin Ryu
  • Outstanding Junior Shield for Anshin Ryu
  • Dave Blackett Shield for Anshin Ryu
  • Little Dragons Medal
  • Top Martial Artist Of The Year

The winners for 2013 are as follows:

2013 Top Martial Artist of the Year, Dave Blackett Award & Little Dragon's Medal Anshin Senior Karate Award Anshin Junior Karate Award
Awards-2013 J-Jones-Award-2013 T-Stapley-Award-2013
From Left To Right: Dave Blackett Shield Winner Indie Smith, Little Dragon Winners Jack Gibson & Luke Charlton-Johnson (photo below), and Top Martial Artist Winner for Karate Michael Dean For Anshin Ryu Karate Joseph Jones For Karate Tighe Stapley

 

Little Dragon's Medal
Luke-Charlton-Jonston-Award
One of the Little Dragon Winners Luke Charlton-Johnson