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Our Instructors

Lee Smith

Lee Smith

6th Dan

Chris Vant

Chris Vant

5th Dan

Alan Poole

Alan Poole

4th Dan

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We are members of the Ishinryu Karate Association

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate

Our club has been established for over 45 years and is dedicated to the teaching of traditional and competition Karate within the Dagenham and Romford (London/Essex) areas.

Woodlane Club News

Training at Woodlane (August 2020 Update)

Following EKF advice that indoor training can now recommence, Woodlane plan to reopen in early September.

Please continue to check here, and on our Facebook group, for more detail.  Students registered to Woodlane will  receive more detailed updates via email.

2020 – The Ishinryu Hombu

2020 – The Ishinryu Hombu

Announcing the new UK ISHINRYU HOMBU led by sensei Lee Smith

Coming soon – sensei Lee Smith will be opening a new Ishinryu club in the Romford area. This new club will become the Hub for Ishinryu training in the UK. The Hombu. The Hombu will be open for students and instructors from all other clubs to attend.
The Japanese word Hombu translates as Headquarters. In years gone by there was an Ishinryu Hombu in Barking Park. More senior students will remember training there and maybe taking their General Grading there.
The exact location, along with training times for the new Hombu, will be published here in due course. The opening date will depend on the end of the lock-down as for all other clubs.
The UK Hombu will be a valuable addition to our existing Ishinryu clubs. The central Hombu will provide a location in which to train and learn and come together as one association.

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.

UK Club Status (20-March-2020)

Club closures due to Coronavirus

In the light of latest Government guidance on Coronavirus (issued 20 March) all Ishinryu clubs operating in the UK are now closed.


Training at Woodlane (COVID)

Training at Woodlane (COVID)

Training in the Dojo is suspended until Government guidelines are relaxed AND until the club believes it is safe for our students to train together again.

In the meantime please take advantage of on-line classes and other resources that have been made available.

See for more detail.


2020 March Pre Grading course is cancelled

The March Pre-Grading Course is now cancelled.

After careful consideration, and taking into account latest Government guidelines, we have decided to cancel the Pre-Grading course scheduled for March 22nd.

At this time we plan to go ahead with the General Grading on Sunday 5th April.

The requirement to attend a Pre Grading course prior to General Grading will be waived on this occasion. If you are hoping to Grade on April 5th, please inform your club instructor so that he or she can pass your details on.

The impact of Coronavirus

The impact of Coronavirus

All Ishinryu Dojos in the UK are currently closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

This has been the case since March 20th.  Ishinryu Dojos will remain closed until Government guidelines allow us to resume training.  Please check here, and on our Facebook Group, for updates.

Please try and maintain contact with your club and club instructor during this enforced shut-down.

Some clubs will arrange training programmes and advice for maintaining your training and fitness while away from the Dojo.  You are encouraged to follow these programmes where available.

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

Ishinryu Events and COVID 19

All events, including the Pre Grading Course on Sunday March 22, are to be held as planned.

In respect to the COVID 19 outbreak, be assured that we will be following all Government health and safety guidelines on our courses.  As a reminder:

  • Please do not attend if you have a sore throat, cough, cold or raised temperature.
  • You will be advised to wash your hands before and after each training session.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available, and we ask that you use it, before entering the Dojo.

Please keep checking Facebook and this Website for updates.  You will be advised if there is any change of plan to any course..


2020 March Pre-Grading Course

 The 2020 March Pre-Grading Course will be held on Sunday 22 March at the Forest Row Centre

This Course is open to all 5th Kyu (Green Stripe) and above and required for anyone planning attend the April 5th General Grading.

Small Facebook IconSee our Ishinryu Pre-Grade Course group on Facebook for more detail and regular updates.

2020 Summer Course

For now, the Summer Course remains scheduled.  As we get nearer the date, we will be better placed to make a decision.  Please check here, and on our Facebook group for news of any change.


Announcing the 2020 Ishinryu Summer Course for Saturday 20th June and Sunday 21st June.

Same Venue – The Forest Row Centre in Collier Row

New Events – For 2020 the Saturday evening party is also an Ishinryu reunion event

New Instructors  – Chris Karwacinski joins the 2019 Instructor team led by Sensei Ticky Donovan OBE

Awards – For male and female student of the weekend

Gradings – The course will include a grading for those ready to grade (included in the course fee) for all non-Dan Grades

Run by Ishinryu Karate and open to all Karate styles, the Ishinryu Summer course is now in it’s 45th continuous year.

Small Facebook IconSee our Ishinryu Summer Course Group on Facebook for more detail and up to date news on the Course.


Training Times

Monday: 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Thursday: 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.


Harold Hill Community Centre

Gooshays Drive

Woodlane Dojo

Join our Club

We welcome new members and it’s very easy to join.

  1. Turn up at least 15 minutes early
  2. Wear track bottoms and T-shirt.
  3. Join the session

there is no up-front joining fee.  Just pay for each session (£8).  Feel free to watch a session before joining, but please ask an instructor first.

If you decide to stay you will be required to purchase a Gi (karate suit) and licence within your first month of training.

Who can join?

Adults or Children (from 6 years old).

Younger students may attend our Dragons club.