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Due to certain circumstances, we have had to cancel the beginners classes. Our 

students now all train in the same class, as per the way the classes were originally

structured - Tues & Thurs - 6:30 - 8pm.

This means that currently we are only able to take beginners that are 15 years of age and above.


We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions or queries about joining the club, please contact us.

**Latest News**

We're happy to finally report that covid restrictions have been lifted! We can now train normally again BUT we need to remember that covid is far from over and so we 

must remain vigilant.

If you are told to isolate, have covid symptoms or test positive for 

covid, please ensure you don't come to the dojo until you have carried out a PCR

or a lateral flow test with a negative result. We must do everything we can to keep ourselves and each other safe.

We encourage all club members that are eligible to have covid vaccinations. 

Juniors class starts August 10th

Juniors will now have their own class where we can concentrate fully on helping you begin or progress on your karate journey. 

If you are aged under 15 please start at the junior class and once ready to advance, you will be invited to attend the senior class. This is regardless of your current grade.

This is so we can individually and closely monitor  each students progress to ensure your training is better suited to your current level. This will enable us to help you progress at the correct pace.

Reminder for beginners......

Once you've trained for a week, if you decide to stay with the club and 

progress with karate, you must apply for a license from the KUGB. This is a 

simple process and can be done by clicking here and following the 

instructions. One your license arrives, please bring it to the club and show us.

We also recommend you purchase a Gi which you can have the club

logo embroidered onto if you wish to.

Gi's can be purchased from websites like Kamae, Blitz or Amazon using the size guides 

provided. If you need any advice, please ask. 

When you are approaching a grading, you will need to purchase your belt in advance

so that you have it in time for your grading. I use Kamae belts as they are very 

good quality. Just to reiterate, the club do not supply belts - you need to order

your own in advance (...and learn how to tie it properly).

As usual, any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


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We are now ready to accept adult beginners back into the class (15 years of age and above).

Tuesday and Thursday 6:15 - 8pm.

£5 per session.


If you wish to enrol a child, please contact and let us know. This includes children who attended the club prior to lockdown.

This is important so we can gauge numbers and plan accordingly for the safe return of the young ones.

Hope to see you soon!

Please remember, all COVID-19 precautions for all venues must be adhered to including all KUGB risk assessments. These can be viewed on the KUGB website.

If anyone has questions or queries, please drop us a message.🥋

Sensei Frank Brennan returns!

We were honoured to welcome Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan) to the new dojo this 


A  very tough and informative evening session was had with Sensei Brennan putting us through our paces and, we loved every minute! 

The session was capped off very well with two students successfully grading.

James Furness achieved 4th Kyu and Jim Bailey 2nd Kyu.

Well done to both!

More dates with Sensei Brennan will be announced soon so watch this space.

It's really great to be back and we will be announcing details of the return of 

children and beginners classes very soon so watch this space!

Please remember, all COVID-19 precautions for all venues must be adhered to including all KUGB risk assessments. These can be viewed on the KUGB website.

If anyone has questions or queries, please drop us a message.🥋

KUGB Covid guidlelines for the coming period have been released

**Please read**

We are very excited to have Adults back into the Dojo in England from tomorrow 17th May and  wanted to clarify some of the Covid guidelines.  Please note the advice for children only classes and mixed or adult classes differs slightly so both are below.


Following extensive discussion with Sport England, DCMS and KUGB Medical Advisors, the KUGB Guidelines are as follows:-


From 17th May adults can attend indoor classes but social distancing protocols must remain in place.  The rule of 6 still applies before and after class.  

The number of participants in each class varies depending upon size of the Dojo/airflow etc. There may be different restrictions if the class is a mixture of adults and children.

Temperature checks are not essential.

There should be no contact in kumite and students should remain socially distant.  Pad work is allowed.

Students do not have to wear trainers

No Kiai at any time.

We have received medical advice from two KUGB Doctors who recommend that all participants should wear light-weight masks for Kumite only.  This is recommended but not mandatory.

It is advised that masks are to be worn by everyone on entry and exit from the Dojo and in any communal areas.  


The number of spectators impacts on how many students you can have in the Dojo so please leave the dojo if you are not training, grading or assisting in either.


Under 18’s

Under Covid guidelines, there are no restrictions on Under 18 training.  They do not have to remain socially distant and can therefore make contact in kumite.  Pad work is also allowed.

There are no restrictions on class size where the class is Under 18’s only – however, venue/local authority may issue different restrictions and we will abide by these.

Temperature checks are not essential.

Students do not have to wear trainers.

No Kiai at any time.

We have received medical advice from two KUGB Doctors who recommend that all participants should wear light-weight masks for Kumite only, therefore masks are recommended but not mandatory.  Children under 11 do not have to wear a mask unless they or a guardian prefers them to wear one.  

Please check with your venue as many ask for masks to be worn by everyone on entry and exit from the Dojo and in any communal areas.  

If anyone has questions or queries, please drop us a message.🥋



On Monday May 17th we will be opening our new dojo. At this point this is

for experienced adults only.

This is to adhere to government guidelines being implemented 

as of May 17th 2021 and any subsequent guidelines from the KUGB of which we are not yet party to.

We will be introducing beginner classes and welcoming children again as soon as

physically possible. I will keep you posted on this. At this point, the planned 

date for this would be as of Monday May 31st for adult beginners to join and then

children's classes to commence as soon as guidelines allow and we

deem it safe.

We will be closely monitoring guidance from the KUGB and acting accordingly so

any plans are subject to change in accordance with any further guidelines issued.

Please be patient as we slowly and carefully make our way back to some form of

normality - everyone's safety is our primary concern.


The new dojo is located on Buckingham Street, Newcastle, NE4 5QR - click HERE for Google Maps location.


There is some parking outside, and in the surrounding area, that is free though there are also some controlled zones in the area so please remember - the club take no responsibility for any parking infringements you commit. It is your responsibility to check any restrictions for where you decide to park.


The building has a lockable bathroom/toilet suitable for one person at a time though there are no dedicated changing rooms or showers etc. so it is advisable that you arrive dressed ready to train. This also helps with adherence to safety guidelines on changing facilities.

Other areas in the building will in future be used for purposes such as a shop and coffee shop. Some of these areas are still under development so, whilst the building is completely safe for us, please remain only in the areas for us to train, use the bathroom and for access and egress to and from the dojo.

Please enter the building through the door shown below, go straight up the stairs and turn left, go through the door and you're in the dojo.

























Training will be socially distanced at all times, including kumite.

Masks will be optional though will be required for kumite during any KUGB grading so it is advisable that any kumite training involves the use of a mask by all participants.

We will train 6:30 - 8pm on Monday and Wednesday nights. Once we reintroduce children's and beginners classes, this may be reviewed and revised. As I said previously, please be patient and bear with us as we work towards reestablishing a routine. 

It is advised that you read and understand applicable government Covid guidelines so you fully understand the risks and requirements and can make informed choices on your return to training. These can be found by clicking HERE.

There will be more updates in the coming weeks so please watch this space and, as usual - If anyone has questions or queries, please drop us a message.🥋


Karate in the park!


We recently trialled some sessions of karate in the great outdoors in order to get training around each other again. This has proven successful so I have collected  together some important details for you should you wish to attend. 


Location : Exhibition Park, Newcastle - to the left of the entrance as you walk in. Park in Claremont Road car park - free after 6pm, then walk out of the car park and go left. You will come to the entrance to Exhibition Park and we train just inside the entrance off to the left. (SEE IMAGE BELOW)

Days & times: Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 - 8 pm as per usual class times. Aim to arrive at 6:15 so that you can warm up prior to training.


Attire : most of us wear our Gi and would appreciate it if everyone could try and follow suit (pun intended!). We wish to create a focused environment that feels like a normal class. Footwear is mandatory with training shoes being recommended.

All sessions are weather permitting and based on the availability of sufficient instructors. It is highly recommended you contact Jim or Ernie ahead of attending to make sure the session is taking place. We will of course always endeavour to publish news on Facebook as soon as possible if the session is cancelled.

Attendance is voluntary and strictly at your own risk.


There are additional risks to training outdoors and the significant risks have been addressed by the KUGB in a risk assessment. It is essential that you read and understand this prior to attending. This is for your safety or, if your children are training, their safety. A few salient points from the risk assessment are listed here though it is essential you read it in full prior to attending: 

  • A maximum of 5 students can be taught at any one time per instructor.

  • Social distancing will be adhered to therefore any kumite practice will be without a partner.

  • Parents must remain with the group at all times to observe and cannot drop children off and leave. This is in case children need to use the toilet during the session.

  • It is strongly recommended that participants bring their own first aid kit to tend to any minor injuries to themselves or their children.

  • Participants must stay at least 2 metres apart at all times

The complete risk assessment can be found by clicking here. You must read it in full prior to attending.


Please be aware that although we wish to maintain the focus of a normal class (concentration and effort are required!), this is a slightly more informal set up than in the dojo. This is more like a group of like minded people training together with experienced instructors who will be happy to assist and instruct to help you improve. As a result you will not be charged for attending, the sessions are free. 

As ever, if you need any further info, please contact Jim or Ernie and we'll help and advise where possible. Most importantly, enjoy it! 

As per any training scenario, a valid KUGB license is required for you to train.


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Due to the current situation with Covid 19 - coronavirus, we are suspending all training and grading activities until further notice.


This is not a decision we have taken lightly but due to recent government guidelines, and consultation with the KUGB, we feel that this is the best thing to do for the safety and welfare of our students and instructors.


As of this point there will be no change in this status until any significant changes to government social distancing and lock-down guidelines are announced. We will of course keep you posted and provide updates as and when anything changes.


Please note - this also means that all scheduled training and grading sessions with Sensei Brennan are currently 'to be confirmed'.


Keep up with your stretching and training basics at home where possible but most importantly, stay safe.


If anyone has questions or queries, please drop us a message.🥋

Newcastle Sendai Karate again had the honour and privilege to train with Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan) on July 16th 2019.

A very informative and rewarding session was had by all and we look forward to the next time Sensei Brennan visits us. 

Thank you to all who attended, including our friends from other local karate clubs, who took advantage of the opportunity to train with Newcastle Sendai and Sensei Brennan.


A fantastic evening of karate was had by all! 

All event photos - click here

For more information on Sensei Brennan including future training and grading events please click here