Castleford, Ferrybridge & Wakefield Karate Clubs

What is Karate?


Karate as a Martial Art combines smooth, flowing, evasive movements with sudden strikes. In karate, the emphasis is on power. With its vast range of kicks, strikes and escape techniques, Karate covers a spectrum of self defence and, as such, has an obvious attraction for men, women and children of all ages.

Why Practice Karate?

Some of the benefits that can be derived from the regular practice of Karate by people of all ages are:

• The promotion of physical fitness and flexibility
• A deeper mental awareness and self-control
• A practical method of self defence
• A sense of respect towards others
• A strong social aspect where many friendships can be made

Most people take up Karate for self defence purposes. We recognise, and teach, practical self defence from the first lesson. Even people who think they can defend themselves usually cannot! The majority of law abiding citizens would not be able to deal with a potentially violent situation, so what chance would they have against a mugger or a thug?

Is Karate Suitable for Children?


Karate is one of the best recreational pursuits that a child can practice. With the high degree of discipline in the class, the child will learn to accept responsibilities, become more aware and self confident without being big-headed. Add this to the fitness and self defence benefits and you can see why so many parents enrol their children into Karate classes. We usually have special classes for children from 5 years of age. Many parents bring along their children to either build confidence in a quiet or shy child, or to instil discipline. Whatever the reason, the child will quickly settle in and become part of the group!

Is Karate Suitable for Females?


Without exception, YES! Most girls and women today are well aware of the need to look after themselves. Karate is unique in helping to make you more aware of oneself. Karate is high on aerobic fitness so you can achieve good body tone as well as learning to defend yourself. Karate has many benefits, as more and more females are finding out.

How Fit Do I Have To Be?


The majority of new students of all ages and gender are unfit. The instructor recognises this and will treat you as such. You will not be expected to be “karate fit” from day one – we realise that being fit at one sport is totally different to being fit for another sport as different muscles are exercised and karate is as much about flexibility as strength – flexibility only comes with continued practice.

What does the Karate Club offer?

The standard of instruction you will receive is acknowledged to be the highest in the country. You will be taught the traditional Okinawan and Japanese syllabus in order to successfully pass each grading examination and you will receive authentic recognised certificates on attaining each of your belts.

When are our classes?

Fridays 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (Beginners and Advance Students)

@Castleford Park Junior Academy, Medley Street, Castleford WF10 4BB

Wednesdays 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm (Advanced Students)

@ Castleford Park Junior Academy, Medley Street, Castleford WF10 4BB

Thursdays 8.00 pm – 9.00 pm (Advanced Students)

@ The Brigg Community & Sports Club, Altofts

Fridays 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm (Beginners and Advance Students)

@ Ferrybridge Community Centre

Sundays 10.00 am – 11.30 am (Beginners and Advance Students)

@ Pontefract Dojo, Willow Park Social Club, 118 Baghill Lane Pontefract WF8 2HD

All the above classes are for both under and over 16 year olds.

Junior classes currently run on Thursdays 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm and Saturdays 12.00 noon – 2.00 pm at Wakefield Dojo, Thompsons Yard, Wakefield.

Adult classes and times at the Wakefield Dojo can be found at


The cost per session is £3.50 (for juniors under 16 years of age) and £5 (for over 16’s/adults).

Good luck and we hope to see you training in our club soon!

Wakefield Council Youth Work Team is a subsidiary of WMDC Children and Young People's Directorate (c) Wakefield Council 2013