The impact of COVID-19

All Ishinryu Dojos in the UK are currently closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak – but be in no doubt…

The Ishinryu Association remains active.

Ishinryu Dojos will remain closed until Government and EKF guidelines allow us to resume training.  In the meantime you have other options to maintain and build your technique and fitness.  Please check here, and on our Facebook Group, for news and updates.

Please maintain contact with your club and club instructor during this enforced shut-down.  Clubs will arrange on-line training as well as providing advice for maintaining training and fitness while away from the Dojo.  Club and General gradings will resume soon after lock-down ends.

Maintaining your fitness and focus is just as important, if not more so, during this difficult time.

Virtual Training Opportunities

All lessons and training techniques are designed to work in a smaller space suitable for a single karateka (or a small family group). All sessions are available to anyone within the Ishinryu association – not just members of the clubs mentioned.

Barking Abbey

On-line classes using Zoom.

For more information see Barking Abbey’s Facebook group

Brentwood and Cranham

On-line classes using Zoom.

Classes run

  • Tuesday (7 p.m.)
  • Thursday (7 p.m.)
  • Saturday (9.00 a.m.)

Click here for more detail or call Sara on 07821 118462

Gidea Park and Hornchurch

On-line classes weekly.

Contact  for details.


Woodlane are publishing training tips for home training including video,  Join the WhatsApp Group for details.

“I’ am posting videos of some easy “at home” training techniques. I’m not normally one to post home or self videos, but I’m aware that some of you are missing the club and training.” 

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Upcoming Ishinryu Events

Please check here, and on our Facebook groups, for the status of events later this year.  Ishinryu will continue to follow Government and EKF guidelines in regard to holding events.

The 2020 Summer Course is cancelled

Having monitored things carefully over recent weeks we have decided to cancel the 2020 Summer Course. We do this with the safety and well-being of our students as our primary concern.
We cancel now, with a full two months to go, to dispel any uncertainty and to give everyone time to make other plans.
General gradings, as held on the Summer Course, are also cancelled.
As soon as the time comes when we can train safely together again there will be announcements in regard to new Courses and General Gradings. Please continue to monitor our Facebook Groups and for news updates.

2020 Event Timetable

Spring Pre-Grading CourseSunday 22nd March Cancelled

Spring General GradingSunday 5th April Cancelled

Summer CourseWeekend of 20th / 21st June Cancelled

Autumn One-Day Course – Sunday 25th October

Autumn Pre-Grade Course – Sunday 15th November

December General Grading – Sunday 6th December

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Regular Ishinryu Events

Each year Ishinryu clubs get the opportunity to train together at Ishinryu wide courses and events. Other karate styles are also welcome to attend.  The UK annual timetable runs as follows:

  • February or March – One day Pre-grading course for 5th Kyu and above
  • June – The Open Summer Course runs over a weekend and has been presented every year since the mid seventies
  • October – One Day course.  All grades welcome for a day of intensive training
  • November – One day Pre-grading course for 5th Kyu and above

General gradings are held in March, June, and December of each year.  You must attend the entire Summer Course to grade in June

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Ishinryu News

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About Ishinryu Karate

Ishinryu blends a number of karate styles including Kyokushinkai, Wado-ryu and Shotokan.

About Ticky Donovan OBE

Ishinryu was founded in 1973 by Ticky Donovan OBE (9th Dan) who continues to run the style today.

The Open Summer Course

Celebrating over 40 years the Ishinryu summer course is a firm fixture on the UK karate calendar.

Archive Photo Gallery

Images from Ishinryu – past and present.