English Shotokan Academy 


The parent association of our club is the English Shotokan Academy (ESA) which was founded in January 1991, by the late Steve Cattle (6th Dan) and a group of like-minded instructors including our own Sensei, Alan Armstrong. For many years Steve had been a student of the late Shihan Taiji Kase 9th Dan. It was in order to expand his own study of Traditional Shotokan Karate as taught by Sensei Kase, and that of his own students, that he formed the association.

​Today the ESA is a fully constituted association, with democratically elected officers, dedicated to the continuation of the traditional values and practices of Shotokan Karate as passed on by Steve Cattle and Sensei Kase. The ESA maintains strong international links with the main Kase Ha international group KSKA. 

Membership of the ESA provides a clear and well defined structure. Senior members of ESA play a pivotal role in the education and training of more junior Dan grades who in turn are tasked with the maintenance of standards at club level.

All senior grades are encouraged to attend courses to ensure their continued progression and maintenance of standards. Members may progress to KSKA membership at Sandan or higher.

All members, dependent upon grade, have access to Coaching Qualifications, free Black and Brown Belt Courses, Squad Training Sessions, subsidised Regional and National Courses under National and International Instructors.

The ESA is an association committed to the furtherance of Traditional Shotokan Karate as originally taught by the World’s recognised Masters. Membership of the ESA is on application by groups, clubs and individuals.


ESA members at the annual summer course at Lilleshall