The club was formed in 1996 by the club instructor Steve Ashby (2nd Dan).  He asked Sensei Dave Kershaw, who's Steve's own Sensei (instructor), to name the club and the name Kyōtō was given.

The Kyōtō Shotokan Karate Clubs' name comes from the old name of Bristol (Bristow: brycg, meaning "bridge" and stow, meaning "assembly place.").  Kyōtō (pronounced Kyootoo) is written in Japanese Kanji as 橋頭, 橋 (kyō) meaning "bridge" and 頭 (tō) meaning "head", so a literal translation would be "bridgehead" or "vicinity of a bridge".  So Kyōtō ni Dōjō means "Dōjō in the vicinity of a bridge".

Our aim is to teach traditional Shotokan Karate.

Club instruction is with Steve Ashby (2nd Dan)

The Kyoto Shotokan Karate club was set up in 1996.  We are affiliated to Shotokan Karate International (SKI) of Great Britain (SKI-GB) headed by Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan) - Chief Instructor to Europe and Great Britain.

Club Instructors are DBS/CRB checked and hold Personal Liability Insurance.

Our Child Protection Policy follows that set by Karate England (KE).

We run mixed classes for men, women and children at Avonmouth Rugby Football Club, Shirehampton..
Each evening has three classes:

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Level - Beginner
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm Level - Beginner / Intermediate
  • 8:00pm - 9:00pm Level - Intermediate / Advanced

With the average cost of a one hour lesson costing anywhere between £3.00 - £7.00, we try to keep the cost to families as low as possible, charging £4.00 per hour for Adults (16+) and £3.00 per hour for Juniors (5-15yrs).

Discounts apply for doing double/treble classes in an evening and also for families.

We are a non-profit making club, all training money goes into to the club to pay for hall hire, insurance and guest instructors.

We host regular courses in Bristol with senior Shotokan Instructors - to date we have had regular courses with Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan), Sensei Paul Mead (7th Dan), Sensei Dave Kershaw (7th Dan), Sensei Ken Davies (7th Dan).