HKK Higashi Karate Ka

HKK Higashi Karate Ka


About HKK

HKK has been in operation for more 40 years and has over 1,000 students in more than 20 clubs.

We were a founder member of the 'English Karate Governing Body', 'Karate England' and now members of the newly-formed 'English Karate Federation' which is in full membership the 'European Karate Federation' and 'World Karate Federation'.

We have clubs in an area stretching North from London to Middlesborough, West to Somerset and South to Surrey, as well as affiliated clubs in Northern Ireland, Eire, Wales, and Australia.

Our traditional style of karate is Wado-ryu.

We hold at least two National competitions a year of our own and participate in various National, International and Open events whenever possible.

Higashi have a fine record of achievements at National and International level.

HKK as a group, began life in 1968 when a handful of clubs, Forest Gate, Cheltenham, Cardiff and Bristol, decided to get together occasionally to train. They were at the time members of the British Karate Association. A year or so earlier, the BKA had a split with the Japanese instructors, and were using their own highest graded people as instructors.

The four clubs met on a regular basis for training and the occasional friendly competition. With a year or so, several more clubs had joined our little group, which by now had been given the name of Higashi Karate Kai and had decided on a dragon for it's logo.

By 1977, the HKK group had grown to 27 clubs, and it was at this time that at a meeting of club heads, we decided to leave the BKA and set up as a federation in our own right.

We have never looked back, and since then have operated as a successful federation, or family as many of us consider ourselves. We are highly respected in the British karate community and have made many friends, in different styles and federations, both home and abroad.

As previously mentioned, our traditional style is Wado-ryu, however we have evolved slightly with some Higashi katas and many different training routines. We even occasionally practise some katas of other styles, however, these particular katas are not in our syllabus, and nor are they used in our competitons. They are optional to our members for them to expand their knowlege. Such is our way of thinking. All styles have something to offer!


Dockham Higashi Karate Kai
Dockham Y.M.C.A. Victoria Walk, Cheltenham Glocestershire
Training: Tue & Thu
Instructor: Andy Sanders 4th Dan

Whitley Higashi Karate Kai
South Reading Leisure Centre, Northumberland Ave, Reading, Berkshire
Training: Tue & Thu nights 7-9.30pm.
Instructor: Steve Bell 6th Dan

Windsor Higashi Karate Kai
Alma Rd Community Centre, Alma Rd, Windsor, Berkshire
Training: Wed & Thu nights 7.30pm.
Instructor: Garry Matthews 2nd Dan

Maldon Higashi Karate Kai
Blackwater Leisure Centre, Park Drive, Maldon, Essex
Training: Tuesday 8.00.m-10.00pm. Thursday Junior's 7.00pm-8.00pm. Thursday Senior 8.00pm-10.00pm
Instructor: Steve Gibbs 5th Dan

Cranham Higashi Karate Kai
Cranham Community Centre, Marlborough Gardens off Avon Rd, Cranham, Essex
Training: Mon. 7-30-8.30pm & Wed 7.30-9.30pm
Instructor: Dick Donnithorne 5th Dan

Luton Higashi Karate Kai
Ashcroft High School, Crawley Green Rd, Luton, Bedfordshire
Training: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.00 - 9.30pm. Sunday 3 - 5pm.
Instructor: John Hurley 4th Dan

Forest Higashi Karate Kai
The Bridge, 29 Princes Rd, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5EE.
Training: Thursday 8 - 10pm Kata courses monthly at Bancroft School
Instructor: Pete Spanton 8th Dan

Ealing Higashi Karate Kai
2a The Grove, Ealing, London W5
Training: Mon & Thu nights.
Instructor: Peter Harris 5th Dan

Northolt Higashi Karate Kai
Northolt Swimarama
Training: Wed night.
Instructor: Mike Harris 4th Dan

Heiwa & Harrow Higashi Karate Kai
Northolt Grange Community Centre, Rushdene Cresc, Northolt.
Training: Wed & Sun.
Instructor: Henry Francis 4th Dan

Yeovil Higashi Karate Kai
Odcombe Village Hall Old Rd, Higher, Odcombe BA22 5XP
Training: Tuesday Evenings: 6-7pm
Instructor: Malcom Glover 2nd Dan

Staffs Higashi Karate Kai
Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Rd, Cannock
Training: Tue. 8-9.30pm and Fri. 7.30-9pm
Instructor: Bill Clewlow 4th Dan