North Somerset karate kids become warriors

PUBLISHED: 15:41 08 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:41 08 July 2015

Backwell Karate.

Backwell Karate.


Twelve children were awarded Level 1, 2 and 3 Bushido Warriors certificates at Backwell Karate.

Backwell Karate kids showed how happy they were last Friday after being put through their paces and awarded Level 1, 2 and 3 Bushido Warriors certificates.

Twelve children aged between five and seven from across Bristol, Portishead, Nailsea and Backwell, successfully completed the Bushido Warriors children’s karate programme, run out of Backwell Karate’s Parish Hall venue.

The high-kicking youngsters impressed parents with their newfound skills in an end of course test, where they demonstrated the kicks, punches, blocks and good discipline that they learned throughout the eight week course.

The Bushido Warriors children’s karate programme was designed by the most experienced team of Shotokan Karate instructors in the former Avon area, at Nailsea & Backwell Karate clubs, and was the first of its kind to teach traditional shotokan karate within Bristol and North Somerset.

Now entering its fourth year, the course runs with a high instructor-to-child ratio in order to give kids the best possible start to their karate lives.

Tim Griffiths, the chief instructor at the club and a 5th Dan in shotokan karate said: “After our older competitors won golds and silvers at the KUGB Southern Region Championships earlier this month, it is fantastic to see that the next generation of karate practitioners having so much fun.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer a development programme for children which complements our beginner, intermediate and elite classes, showing that karate is truly for anyone that wants to get involved. And to cap it all off it looks like we may have found several stars of the future in this dedicated dozen.”

Backwell Karate train throughout the summer and are currently accepting new members of all ages, including the next Bushido Warriors children’s course, which starts on September 4. For more information, visit

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