Contact Keith Gullen to join: 07891 646 638 or


Tuition from a
7th Dan black belt

Non - Members:

Juniors: £3 per session

Adults: £5 per session*

*(2 hours session)

Juniors: £15 per month
Adults: £25 per month


York Shotokan Karate Club (York-N York's not York-ONT) is the oldest karate club in York. 

​Founded in 1961 it was the first karate club of any kind in York.  It has enjoyed a great deal of success under the tutelage of Keith Gullen Shihan, its Chief Instructor since 1985 and a former National, European and World Champion. Members have formed part of the national squad and have become World Champions themselves under his guidance.  Despite this, it remains a friendly club where beginners are always welcome.  We also have a collegiate spirit and we take part in regular social events as a club.We at the York Shotokan Karate Club retain a direct link to the development of karate at the highest level through our close contact with senior Japanese instructors.  This helps to ensure that not only are we the oldest karate club in York but we maintain the highest standards on any club in York as well.

We want you to train with us​

Looking for something to do on a Monday and or Wednesday evening in York?  Have you always wanted to get fitter, meet new and friendly people, and improve your physical and mental health at the same time?   Have you always admired martial arts from a distance, but never had the confidence to pursue that dream?    If the answer is yes to any of these or if you're simply curious about the benefits of karate, then please come along to one of our training sessions, we would love to meet you! If you are thinking of coming to one of our training sessions then please join us.  Each two-hour session is £4 for non-members, which covers the cost of the hall and tuition from a 7th Dan black belt. If you decide to join, members pay £25 per month for adults and £15 per  month for children, which covers all your costs.  Details on how to find us can be found in the training section of this website.

York Shotokan Karate Club is affiliated to:


Knavesmire Primary School
Campleshon Road
until 8pm (Juniors & Adults)
8pm until 9pm (Advanced & Adults)

Fishergate Primary School​
7pm until 8pm (Juniors & Adults)
8pm until 9pm (Advanced & Adults)