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WELL DONE: Garston based karate club kept people entertained over lockdown

 Published on: 27th May 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

A karate club based in Garston kept people busy during lockdown with free online classes.

The Shotokan Karate JKA Academy based in Woodside Leisure Centre, worked hard to improve people’s mental health by offering twice a week free karate classes on Zoom.

Chief coach sensei Sham Akhtar who established the club over 40 years ago said: “Our philosophy is based around being a family martial arts centre dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in body, mind and spirit.” 

Sempai Bobby said: “During lockdown it has been hard to keep the training going like we would normally and that sense of working together to improve all students needed a rethink.

“We have lots of families that have joined, and we have parents and guardians of children who also took part which is really nice to see. I have my three children who also attend and two of them are at a higher standard than me so actually I learn from them.” 

As some people were limited with space, training was focused on specific body parts without too much movement. 

The instructors together with Sensei Sam created new lesson plans to suit the situation.

Now as lockdown is easing classes have returned to Woodside Leisure Centre who have put lots of effort to create a safe and hygienic environment for people to train.

Meriden councillor Jenny Pattinson said the club has been fabulous encouraging families to join in.

She said: “As local cllrs we have been very impressed that they opened up their doors to local residents and I think that’s worth congratulating.”

To find out more and to organise a free trial session please visit or contact Sempai Bobby at

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