Instructor profiles:

Alan Godfrey is the founder of Hakuda Ryu Karate. He studied various martial arts including karate, Ju Jitsu and boxing. He also founded Surfleet Budokan. More...

Kevin Allmond is the senior instructor and founder of Budokai Martial Arts. He studied Hakuda Ryu karate under sensei Alan Godfrey at the Surfleet Budokan. More...

Gavin Whitney is one of our top instructors and has been with us from the very beginning. His background is Go Kan Ryu karate. More...

Simon Spencer is a long term karateka. His background is in Shotokan karate and kickboxing and he has been working in the after school club arean for a number of years now. More...

An introduction to us...

Budokai simply means "many styles" and as can be seen from the instructor profiles to the left the main instructors all come from different backgrounds. Martial Arts are all essentially the same as there are only so many ways to perform a kick or a punch, however, there are subtle differences between styles which help to people of varying abilities to perform each technique. With the wealth of experience that we are now gaining as an organisation there are very few techniques, if any, that can't be taught to people of any level.

Whether they saw it on the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, on the Power Rangers, or on Yu Gi Oh, children today have been exposed to martial arts from an early age. From karate to kung fu, martial arts provide a powerful workout, but some parents worry that these sports are too violent for children. While it is true that martial arts originated as fighting systems in Asia, today's martial arts provide children with physical exercise, a chance to gain self confidence, an opportunity to interact with others, and worthwhile lessons in self defence. For children of all ages, martial arts are an exciting alternative to more traditional sports.

What we do...

We teach karate, or empty hand, which is perhaps the most well known martial art. Karate is a Japanese discipline used for self defence. In addition to throws and blocks, karate also incorporates punches and kicks as well as weapons. Karate competitions take place at all levels across the UK, and more information can be found from the British Karate Association.

No matter in which martial arts your children become interested, all martial arts build confidence, encourage self control, motivate self esteem, and teach self defence. Martial arts are also incredibly safe when taught in an appropriate school, and all qualified instructors will be more than happy to share their qualifications and training philosophies. Finding the right school for your child could well be the first step to a long love affair with martial arts.