England Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai first started in Oxford University in 1979 by Sensei Roland R Read and students from South America.

 England Karate-do Ryobu-kai (EKR) brings together the form, discipline and traditions of Karate, Aikido, Jujitsu and Kobudo (weapons). Kicks, blocks and punches are supplemented with arm, wrist locks, grabs and more, whilst weapons’ training focuses on Kama (sickle), Tonfa (baton) and the Bo (staff). Our martial art endeavours to develop the complete practitioner by training the mind (Shin), body (Tai), technique (Gi) while developing a responsible attitude both inside and outside the training space (dojo).

Although Karate is known for its self-defence focus, karate practitioners find the martial art’s primary benefit is the development and maintenance of a healthy mind and body. Whilst promoting non-violence the training sessions are an excellent cardiovascular work-out in a world where the adoption of regular physical exercise is encouraged. Students are welcome to take gradings (examinations) as they progress through the syllabus of Karate ‘basics, kumite, and kata’ which form the basis of a typical training session:

  • Basics: learn the basics (blocks; punches; strikes and kicks) and their myriad of combinations;
  • Kumite: (sparring): practice the controlled and carefully rehearsed ‘self-defence encounters’ with a partner employing the techniques learned in the ‘basics’;
  • Kata: or ‘form’: a rehearsed series of techniques against an imaginary partner. In simplistic terms, a ‘martial dance’, employing the skills learned from the ‘basics’ and ‘kumite’.



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“The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat,

but in the perfection of the character of its participants.”

Why Karate?

Not only does the martial art help practitioners develop balance, composure, coordination, everyday confidence, but it also develops the skills and composure that might one day help a practitioner deal with a sticky situation. Training sessions provide a respite from the trials and tribulations of daily life throughout the year – it is one activity which is not seasonal allowing each practitioner to move through the syllabus at his / her own pace.

Who Can Train?

Anybody. Over the years the club’s karate-ka have included teachers, professors, medical health professionals, administrators, filmmakers, chefs, company executives, haulage drivers, students, accountants, publishers, the self-employed, the unemployed, the retired. The family session is welcome to learners from the age of seven years old and we are pleased to say the number of parents of students training in the family sessions has increased dramatically. Similarly, the number of women training has also increased to approximately 50% over the last few decades.


Those interested are welcome to come and watch the training sessions and/or approach the club sensei, club secretary for more information. Click on The Clubs above, for more information.