We are the longest established
(Est 1987) karate group in Banbury and surrounding areas.
Banbury Shukokai Karate Centres
Phone:- 01295 272436
There are 3 ZOOM classes a week (Mon,Wed,Thurs)
All starting at 18.00 hrs.
Advanced Black Belt Zoom classes Fridays 18.30 hrs
This is to keep all students active and training whilst in lockdown.
Details can be found on our FB group, or contact us for more information
Traditional karate will dramatically increase your overall fitness and well being,
Along with learning an effective self defence system at your own pace.
High calibre tuition by Sensei Gareth Rees,
Black Belt 7th dan, fully DBS checked instructorr.
Shukokai is a superb style for adult men and ladies
And boys and girls of all ages from 5 years old.
We welcome all new beginners to come along and have a go for a month’s trial period.
Banbury karate centres are members of the Shukokai Karate Association governing body.
All our grading examinations are held in Banbury and grades (belts) are registered and recognised by the aforementioned governing body.
We pride ourselves on being very friendly and family orientated.
The traditional style of karate we train in is Shukokai,
an Okinawan Japanese system.
Updated 04.04.2020 John Healey
Gareth first started training in March 1977 at the age of sixteen.
With the Lau Gar Kung Fu association in Banbury.
There after he took up traditional Shukokai karate with Sensei Mick Crossley.
This was with the Banbury Karate Academy.
It was with the academy Sensei Rees started teaching full time for a period of ten months at Kickers Gym which became the central dojo for the academy.
In 1987 he opened his first club at St Joseph's church hall which is still running as strong as ever today, due to parting company at this time with Sensei Crossley he started taking instruction from Sensei Malcolm Hudson 8th dan initially with the Ken Yu Kai Association and there after the Shukokai Karate Association which was formed in 1991 by Sensei Hudson.
Sensei Gareth Rees is the founder and senior instructor of the Banbury Shukokai Karate Schools, now in its 28th year with seven clubs.
Gareth's grading history as follows:-Black belt 1st dan awarded by Sensei Crossley
(Banbury Karate Academy)2nd, 3rd, 4th , 5th, 6th and 7th dans awarded by Sensei Mal Hudson 8th Dan (Shukokai Karate Association)
Sensei Rees can trace his lineage back to Mr Kimura through his two instructors which is a pedigree for excellent high standard karate technique.He also continues to train with other Senseis within Shukokai/Shito ryu on regular courses Mr Yamada Kamohara, Tomiyama, Terry Pottage and Derek Ridgeway who Sensei Rees takes instruction in old fighting Kata and Bunkai.
Gareth Rees is a fully DBS checked karate instructor/coach.
He and all the clubs are registered with the Shukokai Karate Association governing body and has successfully been instructing children and adults for over 35 years.
Black Belt 7th dan