Our next training seminar - 11th February 2018 - Timing & Distance

Goju-ryu Karate

Traditional Karate - Practical Focus

About Us

Our Lineage

Karate is a martial art developed for self-defence in Okinawa a small island in the East China sea between Japan and Southern China. We are one of the oldest karate clubs in Southport, founded by Sensei Pete McDowell, teaching karate classes in Southport since 1978. 

We are affiliated to the English Goju Ryu Karate Association (EGKA) under England Chief Instructor Ernie Molyneux, 8th Dan, and the International Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate Federation (IOGKF) headed by world renowned karate master Saiko-Shihan Morio Higaonna, 10th Dan and Chief Instructor Tetsuji Nakamura, 7th Dan. 

Our Training

We train in traditional Okinawa Goju-ryu karate and are affiliated to EGKA and IOGKF. Our club has a strong focus on practical and effective traditional karate for adults only.


We teach on a monthly seminar basis in Southport, details are kept up-to-date on our facebook page


Our training focuses on getting the best out of your body, regardless of age, injury, size or strength. We take what we can do and we make it better - we are not concerned about what we cannot do.



Our Location

We are based in Southport on the NW Coast between Liverpool and Preston. We train in various locations mainly in Southport but from time to time further afield.


If you are over 16 and would like to find out about our forthcoming training email us at -

                                  sensei@southportkarate.co.uk 

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