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A Unique Blend of Traditional Japanese Mixed Martial Arts.

A complete Karate system combining elements from Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido

and also including a selection of Kobudo weaponry  (Traditional Japanese weapon training)

with Classes throughout Essex and Hertfordshire.

Official Governing Body for this System in the United Kingdom.

Dojo's / Classes / Courses & Services


Head Dojo


Woodham Ferrers Village Hall

Junior Class: for ages 5yrs - 15yr. 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

Senior Class: 7.45pm - 9.30pm.

New starter beginners Session now available

8.00pm - 9.00pm

This is our Head Dojo where we hold classes suitable for all ages and levels ranging from complete beginners to advanced Black Belts.

The Kids class accepts children from the age of 5yrs to around 14yrs.

Our Senior class accommodates children that are too old for the children's classes

which can be from 15yrs+  as well as adults up to the age of around 65 yrs.

Classes combine all elements of Yoseikan which includes Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido and Kobudo elements.

Our Head Dojo is fully equipped with a fully matted Tatami when needed for our Judo, Jujitsu and Aikido elements as well as a selection of practice weapons and full contact kick pads and focus mitts for contact work.

To sign up firstly contact YKA Admin with your email address and contact details by clicking the Membership Request button at the top right of the home page.

We require your monthly payment to reach us before the

1st of each month regardless of your expected attendance so as to leave us enough time to place you on the YKA Membership class list Insurance.

You will remain a YKA member for as long as we

continue to receive your monthly fees.



We are located at the 

Woodham Ferrers Village Hall

B1418 Main Road, Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 8RW.

For more details on training fees and enrolment use the More Info  below.

After School Classes

Various Venues
Throughout Essex and Hertfordshire.
Training times: 3.15pm - 4.15pm

We recommend signing up your children for these classes as early as possible, as they tend to fill up quickly.

These classes are high energy and lots of fun but are equally conducted in a disciplined manner so as to teach good ethics to the children whist encouraging improved fitness and health.

All after school clubs are run on a term by term basis only,

this is due to the fact that we are not permitted to run during the half term, summer and winter holiday breaks.

Therefore these courses are designed to give the children an incite into the various disciplines practiced within the Yoseikan Karate System.

These courses may pause to re-promote for new members from time to time and would not be suitable for students wishing to have consistency in their training regime throughout half term breaks,

Our Head Dojo classes in Woodham Ferrers remain open throughout the year for the more dedicated students.

Students are required to sign up for theses courses in advance for a set number of sessions dependant upon the number of weeks offered by the school term,

Once enrolled you will then be prompted to pay the full amount before the start date.

Your advanced payment is essential as we require all children to be covered under the YKA Licence Ins.

Refunds are not given on missed classes,

however if the class is cancelled by the instructor your fee will be carried over to next term.

Details of new term course dates are posted on our services page in advance so we suggest you check back regularly for the new term start dates and costs,

Your Prompt payment is essential for inclusion.

For more details on the schools we are currently teaching in training fees, and enrolment details

click below to be directed to our services page.

Womens Self Defence Class
Kobudo Weapon training

Womens Self Defence Courses

Womens Self Defence

These courses have been highly regarded by countless students throughout the years.
Our Women's / Girls Self Defence / Keep Fit Courses have been adopted by many of the larger local authority and Private schools, Academies and Colleges in the past.

For information on our next course please contact us with the link below.

Yoseikan Kobudo

Traditional Weapon Training

Through this course, students have the opportunity to push their skills, techniques and confidence to a new level in a fun, dynamic way.

Contact us today to learn more about each of our course offerings.

Weapons covered are:

Bo, Jo, Tonfa, Sai, Nunchuku, Bokken.

Personal Tuition

Learn in the comfort of your own home

This is a perfect choice for those with busy schedules wishing to learn martial arts or simply to improve their fitness without leaving their home. 

If you have an area in your home which you could use,

why not  Book a one to one personal tuition session with our

Head & Chief Instructor Chris Clarry 8th Dan

an instructor with over 52 years Martial Arts Experience behind him having studied and qualified in Japan.

He will design your training program to suit your individual needs, is qualified to advise you on nutrition for healthy eating and speed up your personal development whatever your goals.

If your an existing YKA student and would like a little more help on learning your next kata or perhaps even a little extra help mastering your next Yoseikan weapon,

a personal one to one session is the answer.

Personal Tuition is charged per one hour session,

for more details of  how to book

simply use the More Info button below

and you will be re-directed to our services page.

Shihan Clarry can also be booked for corporate group tuition and contract teaching,

contact us for more info on pricing and availability.

Injury Therapy Services


Remedial Pain & Injury Massage Therapist.

Qualified ITEC Level 3.

CTHA & CHNC Registered Professional Therapist

The Ultimate aim is to train wisely thus avoid injury.

However, when your enjoying your training and you get carried away with the moment, injuries can happen.

Injuries can take weeks to repair and without the correct advice and treatment, injuries can last a great deal longer and inevitably injury can lead to you missing lessons and in turn wasting all those hard earned gains.

Some of the traditional treatments available by our therapist include:

Deep Tissue Sports Massage.

Anma ( Traditional Japanese Massage Therapy )

Postural Realignment

Pain and injury management

Kiatsu / Shiatsu trigger point therapy.

UltraSound, Electro Trigger Point, Inversion therapies.

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You have the option of visiting our therapists home clinic

or arranging for him to come to you

at your home.

For more information on booking and costs follow the button below to be re-directed to our therapists web site.

Karate Practice
Sports Massage Therapy Services
Adult Karate Class
Childrens Karate Class
Very experienced Karate Black Belt


About Us

Since our founding, The YOSEIKAN KARATE ASSOCIATION U.K has had the opportunity to help countless students acquire foundational skills, develop new techniques and confidently move forward in their journey of discovery into the traditional culture of Japanese Budo Arts.

Yoseikan Karate combines elements from Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido and Kobudo

( Traditional Japanese Weapon Training ) 

We provide a professional and established system with a wide range of courses to support students from all Ages, backgrounds and levels.

The First Yoseikan Dojo was established in the Shizouka province of Japan in the 1930's by the late

Master Minoru Mochizuki 1907 - 2003.
Minoru Mochizuki was the first Master to formally organise his arts into what is now called Yoseikan Budo,
these arts included Karate, Aikido, Judo, Jujitsu, Kobudo.
In 1954 Minoru Mochizuki taught the first European students following an invitation to teach for the founder of the French Karate Federation Henri Plee.
In 1955 Henri Plee invited Sensei Vernon C. F.  Bell to France to study Yoseikan with other representatives from Germany ( Mr Seydel ) Italy (  Mr Malatesti )
All were asked to consider setting up National Federations for the development of Yoseikan in each of their countries.
In 1956 with his authority from the Yoseikan ( Master Mochizuki ) Vernon Bell Founded the British Karate Federation with the intention of forming a Governing Body for all Karate Styles in the U.K
In 1965 following correspondence with the Japan Karate Organisation ( Shotokan system )

Vernon Bell agreed to personally sponsor the first visit by a group of Japanese Shotokan Instructors.
Although ultimately successful for the British Karate Movement,  in particular for Shotokan Karate,
this eventually marked the downfall of Vernon Bells British Karate Federation due to disagreements between

Vernon Bell and his BKF committee members,

Vernon Bells dream of a multi style English Governing body faded away and
the BKF Disbanded in 1966 with most of its members opting to join the Newly formed British Shotokan Organisation.
As a result, Vernon Bell redirected his efforts back towards helping promote the Yoseikan system of Karate
with the few loyal members he had left whilst also continuing his alliances with the many independent groups establish in Karate, Judo and Jujitsu throughout the U.K.
Without the help and guidance of Vernon Bell, Chris Clarry would never have had the opportunity to continue his Martial Arts studies in Japan.
Consequently, this lead to him spending the next 30 years travelling to and from Japan to study Japanese

Martial Arts.

In 2001 Vernon C.F Bell Hanshi 10th Dan, formally appointed United Kingdom representative for the Yoseikan

 system as appointed by Master Minoru Mochizuki in 1956

presented Chris Clarry with official documentation entrusting him with the duty of continuing the original

Yoseikan Karate Lineage.
Chris Clarry Shihan 8th Dan to this day continues to promote his system of Yoseikan in honour of his teachers,

actively teaching the students of the Yoseikan Karate Association U.K.

Vernon C. F. Bell sadly passed away on the 27th Feb 2004 ( 1922 - 2004 )
A True Pioneer of British Karate and a dear friend and mentor, whom will be sadly missed by us all from the Martial Arts community from the early years.

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07887 898159

YKA Head Dojo
Main Road Woodham Ferrers
Essex, CM3 8RW, England, 

United Kingdom

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