Our club

Our Academy

Kenzenichi Kase-Ha Academy is one of the oldest karate clubs in Cheltenham. It first began in the early 1970's under the name Cheltenham Shotokan Karate Academy, and has been going strong ever since. Our academy is under the expert tutelage of Sensei Alan Armstrong (6th Dan) since 1984. Sensei Armstrong brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and his famous sense of humour to make training challenging, fun, thought provoking and most importantly effective. 


We practice Kase-Ha Shotokan-Ryu Karate, an unique style with  strong traditional emphasis based on the teachings of the late Sensei Taiji Kase (9th Dan). These teachings focus around the control of technical breathing, rooting/grounding to create powerful and fluid movement, as well as controlling your hara (core muscles).


We were founder members of the English Shotokan Academy, an organisation set up in 1991 to carry on the teachings of Sensei Taiji Kase, and to promote the benefits of Kase-Ha Karate to all areas of your life.


Our dojo, as can be seen from the photograph above, is a unique and a far cry from the normal sports centres, school gyms and church halls. A listed building set in a park makes it a special place to train.

A new dojo was opened in Tewkesbury in 2012 and since then has become a permanent part of the academy. The dojo is in the Experssive Arts centre and classes are held on Tuesdays. 

Despite the high level of instruciton, and professional association, our academy is a not-for-profit organisation. 

The Temple of Doom - so named by the late Sensei Cattle

Sensei Dimitrijevic in seiza position