‘Karate’ is a Japanese martial art that translates as ‘Open (or Empty) Hand’. It’s a system of unarmed combat that provided solutions and methods to defend against an attack with the objective of incapacitating the attacker.

There are three areas of training Kihon (Basics), Kata (Form) and Kumite (Sparring and Fighting). The intention is to teach techniques with repetitive practice and gradually building ability and confidence to fight.

Individuals progress is checked regularly and tested with grading examinations. These gradings are undertaken by senior instructors from the Shotokan of England Karate Union (SEKU) the national association to which Uxbridge Karate Club are affiliated.

We provide regular Shotokan Karate training in Uxbridge. We endeavour to maintain the high standards that are set by the Shotokan of England Karate Union.

We typically work in mixed groups with students of varying levels of experience and fitness who only require a keenness to train and learn. In fact, no experience is necessary to start the Karate journey.  Students can range from children of 6 and above through to juniors and adults with no upper age limit.

The Dojo is open to anyone who wishes to take advantage of our Free First Lesson, or just come along and watch to see if karate is for you before taking the first step onto the dojo floor.

As parents are you looking for your children to put down social media and electronic-games for a short time to progress the development of life skills and also gain self-defence skills, which are so important in todays society.  Why not bring them along and if it works for you participate in the lesson yourself whilst you are at the dojo and make it shared fun family time. See our Families & Junior page for more information.

Discounts available for family groups of four and above.

The Dojo is also open to adults who wish to train intermittently on a casual basis through to dedicated Karateka and those returning to the karate journey.

Discounts available to all club members on a standing order pay monthly basis.

No matter if you are child, junior or adult the benefits of Karate include:

  • Fitness and endurance;
  • Mental focus and concentration;
  • Respect and discipline;
  • Flexibility;
  • Self – defence techniques, protection and practical application;
  • Awareness and self control;
  • Self development, self confidence and self esteem;
  • Teamwork, supporting others and cooperation;
  • Part of a club and making new friends.

It’s all in the title “Martial Art” which is a journey of learning, dedication and hard work for all members, not just serious Karateka. No matter what level you are in the journey, being a child, junior or adult starting out or experienced Black Belt,  we always remind our members of the absolute requirement for respect and control of the karate skills being develop, whether in or outside the dojo.

Team Kumite

If you are interested in having a go, or require any further information give us a call or email us here.

Norman Benn 1st Dan (Chief Instructor) – Mob: 07545 612485



E – EFFORT – Understand that progression and improvements are only made with conscious and continued focused effort. It’s not about winning or losing, just always be the best version of yourself.

N – NECESSITY – Recognise but do not ignore your weaknesses. Listen to critique and do what is required to improve upon them. Step out of your comfort zone to test and develop your skills and improve your confidence.  Be your own master.

D – DISCIPLINE – The ability to follow instructions and be self-motivated is essential. This will assist progression and the development of self-control along with avoiding impetuous aggression. 

E – ETIQUETTE – The rules of the dojo and the laws of the land must be understood and followed at all times. The dojo is your training ground for life.

A – AWARNESS – Develop an acute awareness of your surroundings and opponents at all times. This will give you the edge and potentially keep you safe. The simplest form of defence is not being there.

V – VIGOUR – Harness the spirit of karate. Relaxation into explosive energy, enthusiasm, speed and power. Essential for karate but traits that will serve you well in life. 

O – OPTIMISM – Nurture a positive attitude to challenges and recognise that you are in charge of your own life. Create your specific journey, through the ups and downs, towards your destiny.

U – UNYIELDING – Always give your best effort in every task you take on. Not only will you gain respect from others, you will also promote self-esteem.

R – RESPECT – Recognise the privilege of karate being passed on down through the generations. Show respect for others whatever their age, gender or status. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt until they let you down. “Walk softy but carry a big stick.”  


Ken Lyons (3rd Dan), – Visiting Instructor – is a qualified SEKU Karate Instructor and has been practising Karate for over 20 years. Ken began training in his 40’s, which is perhaps reasonably late in life to begin but this demonstrates that you can start at any age and enjoy the benefits of regular training. 


INSTRUCTOR Norman Benn (1st Dan) on the left alongside Sensei Naka

Norman Benn (1st Dan) – Chief Instructor – who regularly  participates in SEKU Instructor training along with other Black belt students. He has trained at the renowned Budokwai martial arts club in London and now regularly trains at Portsmouth Karate Club, which is SEKU’s Honbu (HQ) run by Chairman, Chief Instructor and SEKU founder Sensie Mick Dewey (8th dan).  Norman also trains in Gibraltar with Gibshot, affiliated to SEKU, with its President and Chief Instructor Frankie Hatton (4th dan).  He also when he can visits international seminars featuring JKA Sensei Naka Tatsuya (7th dan) and Sensei Okuma Koichiro (7th dan) these courses continue to develop Norman’s knowledge and experience, which he brings to the club and its members. Norman still competes being a Medal winner in both Kata and Kumite in SEKU Championships.

All Machi Dojo instructors have completed Disclosing and Barring Service (“DBS”) checks.

The dojo kun


A set of statements spoken at the end of a training session. not all dojos do this it often depends on the instructor or the association. Normally the after kneeling down and the mokuso (meditation) the instructor will call each statement in turn. The students then repeat it either in english or japanese,I’ve seen it done both ways.

Hitotsu! Jinkaku Kansei Ni Tsutomuru Koto! One! To Strive For The Perfection of Character!

Hitotsu! Makoto No Michi O Mamoru Koto! One! To Defend The Paths of Truth!

Hitotsu! Doryoku No Seishin O Yashinau Koto! One! To Foster The Spirit of Effort!

Hitotsu! Reigi O Omonzuru Koto! One! To Honour The Principles of Etiquette!

Hitotsu! Kekki No Yu O Imashimuru Koto! One! To Guard Against Impetuous Courage!

It is generally believed that the principles of the Dojo Kun were passed down by Okinawan martial arts masters and the exact wording was later formalised by Gichin Funakoshi. Seek Perfection of Character Defend the Path of Truth Endeavour to Excel Display Courtesy Refrain from Violent Behaviour

“The ultimate aim of Karate-Do lies neither in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants”. (Master Funakoshi)

Karate Do


Zanshin Press


In addition to being the club instructor, Ken manages Zanshin Press and produces the SEKU newsletters (SEKU “Update” and “Squad News”) and is always on the lookout for interesting stories, the latest news about SEKU members and Martial Arts in general. Ken also compiled the Shotokan Pocket Book available from all good book stores (e.g. Amazon.com). The book contains Japanese phrases, terms and names of the techniques used in Shotokan Dojos and in competitions. This is an ideal Christmas or Birthday present for your favourite Kohai or Sempai and I expect Sensei has already got a copy tucked inside his Gi and that’s why he knows so much. The book was designed to be a comprehensive companion to Karateka of all levels.


In the summer of 2001 Ken was bitten on the ankle by a spider and ended up on his back in hospital with an intravenous dip in his arm for some weeks. With his brain fully functional but with a body confined to the hospital bed, the days ticked by as he watched the infection spread up his leg. The team of doctors would gather around each day and mark his leg with felt-tipped pens as they contemplated amputation of the lower section of his leg in order to save the knee joint. He was desperately missing the training session and spent most of his time reading Karate books that he had accumulated over the years but never had time to read. Eventually, the antibiotics began to work and his leg was saved but during the four weeks in hospital and additional weeks of convalescing at home his brain was a sponge soaking up data on Karate and the history of Japanese martial arts. Ken was hungry for more information and he tried to find a comprehensive book on Shotokan Karate that contained all the data and answers to the most common questions but discovered that there was not one available. This was the seed of the Shotokan Pocket Book. The Shotokan Pocket Book is a compilation of the translation of Karateka Terminology and other Japanese words and phrases into English. This book has been written to assist students of Karate-Do and to supplement their training and learning processes. Both junior and senior Karateka should find this book useful. The primary objective of the book has been to provide a comprehensive reference book that lists the various Japanese terms, commands and expressions that are used when training in the dojo and when taking part in competition. Sections 2 to 19 are devoted to this. Section 1 explains the general rules of pronunciation of Japanese for the English speaking tongue. It is important to spend time understanding the basic principles that should assist students to read and annunciate Japanese words correctly. Sections 20, 21 and 22 contain the Dojo Kun, the 20 Precepts of Gichin Funakoshi and Japanese numbers from one to one hundred respectively for quick reference. Whilst the terms used are primarily the same for all of the popular Japanese Karate styles there are some variations and differences in spelling and pronunciation. This book attempts to take account of this fact and includes the most popular alternatives where applicable. Whilst this book will therefore be useful to Karateka of all styles it focuses on the Shotokan style and therefore Section 14 contains the 26 Shotokan Kata. In addition, this section contains other terms that are used in relation with Kata and one or two Kata performed by other styles that are of particular interest to Shotokan Karateka.

Buy the Shotokan Pocket Book here!