Martial Arts: Shotokan Karate London mark fourth anniversary with celebratory events

Members of the Shotokan Karate London club face the camera (pic: SKL)

Members of the Shotokan Karate London club face the camera (pic: SKL) - Credit: Archant

SKL celebrate four years since being founded by sensei Antonio Telmo

Shotokan Karate London (SKL) celebrated their fourth birthday with a day packed full of events.

A pre-grading session was organised for the day, with members from across the club involved, as brown and black belts examined the students in action.

Following the session, there were several karate demonstrations, before the party headed to nearby Haggerston Park for a picnic.

“It was a great day of fun with the sun adding to the celebration and everyone enjoyed cake whilst sharing karate stories,” said SKL sensei Antonio Telmo.

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The events were the latest in a month of celebrations for SKL’s fourth anniversary, which started with a special class held by the sea in Brighton, before a bike ride the coast.

• SKL is offering four weeks’ on-going introduction courses for free until the end of the month. Places are limited, so please book now. Classes are on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Shoreditch area from 7pm.

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SKL was founded in April 2013 and still use their primary dojo in Old Street, but now also run classes in Hoxton and Haggerston.

Sessions take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm at the Betty Brunker Hall, Old Street; on Wednesdays at Haggerston School from 7pm to 9pm and on Saturdays at the SPACe, Hackney Community College from 10.30am to 12pm.

The club is part of the biggest and most prestigious karate organizations in the world, the Japan Karate Association (JKA).

In their four-year existence, SKL have collected 101 medals at various championships, including 30 golds.

For more information about the club, visit or email, or call 07707 661 162.

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