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Central Federation of Traditional Shotokan


The CFTS has been teaching students of all ages Shotokan Karate since its inception in 1994 and has clubs all over the Milton Keynes and Bedford areas.

Our Chief Instructor is Renshi Andy Kidby, 7th Dan.

Welcome to our website, we hope you enjoy your stay!


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How to navigate around our site:

On Top Menu you'll find the links to.....

News - Catch up on the latest new, events, calendars, view previous years information and photos of our events

Clubs - Where are the clubs, when do they train? See in-depth information on each CFTS club

Syllabus - Our grading syllabus for Kyu and Dan grades

Information - Useful information about Shotokan Karate and CFTS, karate masters biographies, readers articles

Federation - CFTS history, administration / licensing, forms, instructors and competitions


On the Left Hand Pane you can view.....

Latest Articles - Catch up on newly published and updated articles

Search - A powerful search engine if you can't locate something through the menus

Newsletter - Sign up for the CFTS newsletter (if you relicensed in January 2014, you're already registered!)

Social Media sites - Links to your favourite social media sites - Please recommend this site!

Inside CFTS - Some extra links to important CFTS information like the geneaology tree, club calendar, how CFTS was formed

CFTS on Facebook - Read the latest from our CFTS Facebook group and chat to other CFTS Members


Please have a look around the new site, we value your feedback so let us know anything you like, don't like, can't find, as we are endeavouring to make it even better than before.


Send us your thoughts & comments via our Contact Us Form


This site is a great resource for all our students and other visitors to use and we know it will prove useful in your progress through karate.


Enjoy your time here and welcome, to the Central Federation of Traditional Shotokan Karate website!



CFTS are proud to be a founder member of this non-political martial arts body after meeting stringent criteria. For more information about MASA, goto www.martialartstandards.org


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Matt Eagles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97nLUXQS8hY Gotta go and see these live . Traditional drumming :D
21 Oct 2014 - 11:21
Sammy Doo got their dvd if you want to see some more bud 21 Oct 2014 - 16:17 Matt Eagles Yeah ok bud ... thank you . 21 Oct 2014 - 16:19
David John Francis Covers many things that Renshi says but worth reading and as Funakoshi says Trouble is born of negligence.
21 Oct 2014 - 12:13
Matt Eagles Now that is fast !!
19 Oct 2014 - 18:11
Sammy Doo Kizami training with Kanazawa Kancho .. Windsor 2014
19 Oct 2014 - 06:49
David John Francis Ever done this?
19 Oct 2014 - 06:42
David John Francis A bit like whenever I try Gojushiho (Dai or Sho)!
15 Oct 2014 - 16:57
Ryan Sigward Hi all just to inform you all that I will no longer be training how ever I will still keep in contact with everyone that I can and will keep an eye on this group and the website to see wat you all have been up to in karate
07 Oct 2014 - 07:03
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Zoë McMahon I'm sorry to hear that Ryan! You will be missed. 07 Oct 2014 - 07:04
David John Francis Sorry to hear that. Who else will wear the cool t shirts? 07 Oct 2014 - 09:47 Vivian Wilson wish you well in the future ryan 13 Oct 2014 - 04:34
Sammy Doo anyone for kanku ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzomhKQdSDw
07 Oct 2014 - 06:57
David John Francis If you left your knee support at Newport Pagnell on Friday night, I have got it and will try and bring it on Tuesday.
26 Sep 2014 - 15:54
David John Francis I think it might be Trevor's and I've not left it with Renshi 01 Oct 2014 - 09:57 Sammy Doo ive a spare knee if he wants to try one for size? 07 Oct 2014 - 06:40
Sammy Doo back to basics ... protecting your center line http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqOOc9-gdDs
05 Oct 2014 - 07:14
Sammy Doo zanshin .... tyakugan ....:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKwO5-ji1rQ
04 Oct 2014 - 17:02
David John Francis I'm not sure they allow horses and swords in Bletchley Leisure Centre
01 Oct 2014 - 10:42
Barry Nelson The NEW CFTS Website is up & running. There are a few minor things not quite ready but please visit and let me know your thoughts! Thanks to Sensei McMahon for all his help with getting the new site ready!
28 Sep 2014 - 16:52
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Ryan Sigward One little bug is that the title still says lexicon template (bit of text in the tab) :) 28 Sep 2014 - 16:57 Barry Nelson Thanks, did not spot that as Chrome browser hides it, just got to find it now as its not where I expected it to be! The joys of web development.. 28 Sep 2014 - 17:10 Barry Nelson Found and Fixed! 28 Sep 2014 - 17:15 Ryan Sigward Wat site and software do you use? 28 Sep 2014 - 18:05 Anthony Crow Out on the road and cannot access yet, I assume this will sort itself out in time, looking forward to having a good look around 29 Sep 2014 - 02:39 Barry Nelson This is you being blocked by a content filtering system - is this via a business Internet connection? Interesting, I will try to see what status we have been set - it might be they are blocking all non business sites?? 29 Sep 2014 - 03:01 Barry Nelson @Ryan I rent a virtual server in the USA and this site is built on Joomla v3 29 Sep 2014 - 03:11 Ryan Sigward Cool 29 Sep 2014 - 03:17 David John Francis Great looking site, thanks for all the effort. The navigation is much better. 29 Sep 2014 - 07:15 David John Francis Picture 1 for Jiyu Dachi shows Hangetsu dachi. 29 Sep 2014 - 07:16 Barry Nelson Where though? Karate terminology or grading syllabus?? 29 Sep 2014 - 07:28 David John Francis Karate terminology. 29 Sep 2014 - 07:30 Ryan Sigward One more thing, why no logo? As a graphic designer to me it feels bare and the way it's only being used as bullet points kinda feels like cfts is not proud of the logo. It's cfts' identity should be one of the first thinks the viewer sees in my view. However, I would like to know your opinion and reason as you've been doing wedsites longer then I have 29 Sep 2014 - 08:04
Barry Nelson The logo (huge version!) is in the main image slider on the front page, other than that there is not a lot space to stick one. Space is a premium on the site - especially as a lot of people will be viewing the site on a small mobile/tablet. The site is based a framework that dynamically resizes to all different screen sizes. Most non CFTS visitors would not recognise the logo or care I should think, CFTS members should already know what it looks like.. But I am open to change if enough people feel strongly about it ;) This site is about getting to info quickly and easily to assist you with your training - if we are not achieving that then please let me know.. 29 Sep 2014 - 08:11 Ryan Sigward Fair enough I see you point :) 29 Sep 2014 - 08:13
David John Francis Friday laugh from Iain Abernethy.
26 Sep 2014 - 02:58
Sammy Doo how its really done by Reverend Marx
24 Sep 2014 - 14:59
Sammy Doo .....classic.
24 Sep 2014 - 14:36
Sammy Doo
24 Sep 2014 - 14:27
David John Francis
23 Sep 2014 - 07:55
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Anthony Crow and me 23 Sep 2014 - 13:08
David John Francis As Renshi often points out, we may be smart but that doesn't mean we know the difference between forwards, backwards, left and right. ;-) 23 Sep 2014 - 17:07 Anthony Crow David thats especially true in kempston 24 Sep 2014 - 11:19
Matt Eagles That's how you do kata :)
11 Sep 2014 - 18:28
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Sammy Doo similar has been attempted before .. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p9NTo6BWvs 12 Sep 2014 - 06:46 Sammy Doo ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uwn9WUMb4gw 12 Sep 2014 - 06:47
Sammy Doo ..... but for a moment there I thought it was a kumite match between her and domino 12 Sep 2014 - 06:49 Clive Betts I can do that..........knock down dominoes! 12 Sep 2014 - 11:42
Matt Eagles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNprfRgi_eM Back to basics !!
06 Sep 2014 - 18:29
Sammy Doo Clear evidence of Hotton Sensei's JKA / Nihon Shotokan Karate-do Federation lineage... 08 Sep 2014 - 16:21
Sammy Doo ... a little unshu/unsu perhaps? ....http://youtu.be/4P-3nlRZpno
31 Aug 2014 - 05:03
Sammy Doo .... it was only later I realised I was training at Newport Pagnell with less than 25 mins to leaving time...doh #soggygi .... I guess thats why the Japanese call waterfall training "Misogi"
27 Aug 2014 - 06:56