Origins of Yoseikan

The 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 Vernon Bell to France to study Yoseikan with other representitives from Germany ( Seydel ) Italy ( 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 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 corespondance with the JKA

( Shotokan Organisation ) Vernon Bell agreed to personally sponsor

the first visit by a group of Japanese Shotokan Instructors.


Although ultimately successful for the British Karate Movement and in particular for Shotokan Karate organisation

this eventually marked the downfall of Vernon Bells British Karate Federation due to disagreements between Bell and his BKF committee,

the BKF Disbanded in 1966 with most of its members opting to join the Newly formed Shotokan Organisations.


As a result Vernon Bell redirected his efforts back towards Yoseikan

with the few loyal members he had left,

Whilst also helping many independent groups establish

in Karate, Judo, jujitsu and Aikido.


Without the help of Vernon Bell Chris Clarry would never have had the oportunity to have continued his Martial Arts studies in Japan.

which consequently lead to him spending the next 30 years travelling

to and from Japan. 

In 2001 Vernon Bell presented Chris Clarry with official documentation entrusting him with the duty of continuing the original Yoseikan Karate Lineage originally bestowed to Vernon Bell by Minoru Mochizuki, 

via Henri Plee in 1956.

Chris Clarry Shidouku Shihan 8th Dan to this day continues to promote 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.

Chris & Ted Clarry



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Main Road Woodham Ferrers


CM3 8RW.


Head Dojo Est.35yrs

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