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 Central Federation


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!




Starting at the club of your choice on a date you choose before the end of May

No special clothing necessary

Adults & children (over 6 yrs) welcome

Offer is also open to those who previously trained and want to return to a martial art


Contact the club of your choice (click on the link below) to secure your place

CFTS Karate Clubs - Locations & Information



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How to navigate around our site:

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

News - Catch up on the latest new, events, calendars, photos and videos of our events

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

Syllabus - CFTS grading syllabus for Kyu and Dan grades

Information - Useful information about Shotokan Karate and CFTS, karate masters and 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 geanology trees etc.

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


Please have a look around our 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 karate website of the

Central Federation of Traditional Shotokan





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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David John Francis For those of who trained under the guidance of Sensei Gillies last night. Technique one is boshi-ken or yubi-Ken that Sensei taught us. Paul Comb particularly enjoyed trying it out on me.
Carefully read this quote: "Hoping to see Karate included in the physical education taught in our public schools, I revised the kata to make them as simple as
02 May 2015 - 10:39
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Paul Comb As I recall David John Francis you gave as good as you got did u not. 02 May 2015 - 11:18 David John Francis Maybe, but I did have to resort to using a forearm strike as I wasn't as consistently accurate as you. 02 May 2015 - 11:20 Paul Comb It worked well tho mate trust me. 02 May 2015 - 11:52
Sammy Doo ... oya yubi ippon ken ... for the full term :)http://www.shinkitaikarate.ca/Scona/Glossary/O/oya%20yubi%20ippon%20ken/oya%20yubi%20ippon%20ken.html 02 May 2015 - 12:07 Sammy Doo a technique devised for constricted / limited delivery space in execution. 02 May 2015 - 13:34
David John Francis Bunkai suggestion for the end of Bassai-Sho.
http://www.iainabernethy.co.uk/ In this video we look at bunkai for the closing motions of Bassai-Sho (Shotokan version). Just as Bassai-Dai finishes with th...
29 Apr 2015 - 06:35
Sammy Doo Kata Oyo : How many kata applications can you spot or apply from this ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwXlh1zugpA
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Colin Durrant Bit of Krav Maga in there as well. 25 Apr 2015 - 05:27
David John Francis Slightly nervous about the next time you take a lesson Sensei. 27 Apr 2015 - 08:26 Sammy Doo its alright .... dont worry ... we wont be using mats :) 28 Apr 2015 - 06:39
Garry Watters Thanks for the add Mr Doo!
26 Apr 2015 - 06:13
Sammy Doo Your most welcome :) just off out now for my usual prep for London to Brighton Cycle ride ... 26 Apr 2015 - 06:34
Sammy Doo Well, thats the custom top ordered for L2B ride :)
24 Apr 2015 - 07:02
David John Francis For anyone who watched Dan Young doing Bassai-Sho at the CFTS competition day, here is a nice suggestion of Bunkai for the start.
http://www.iainabernethy.co.uk/ This video looks at the bunkai for the beginning of Bassai-Sho (Shotokan version). It was filmed during a two day seminar in ...
22 Apr 2015 - 11:11
Sammy Doo or this ? .. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q5X2GFbEwU 22 Apr 2015 - 11:15
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Sammy Doo As competition day wanes... looking forward to a return to kihon ....
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Haylee Kidby Just to say a quick good luck to everyone taking part today! Just a reminder to those travelling from Kempston to Bletchley that the Kingston road at the roundabout is closed so there is a slight diversion! Again good luck to you all
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Trevor Millward Luck? I'm a grandfather with 2 dodgy knees and I'm in the team kumite event. I don't need luck. What I need is a ******* MIRACLE!!!! lol! 18 Apr 2015 - 02:47 Haylee Kidby Haha I'm sure you'll be fine! 18 Apr 2015 - 02:47 Anthony Crow Excellent travel advise, you might have found a career 18 Apr 2015 - 02:52 Haylee Kidby I think I have lol 18 Apr 2015 - 03:26
Sammy Doo Trevor Millward ....seems your miracle was granted .Hope you enjoyed the training and the day, see you next week Osu 18 Apr 2015 - 13:24 Trevor Millward Aye, a miracle indeed Sammy Doo! My bald patch seems bigger today. Think it's wear and tear from a guardian angels hand pushing me down every time that guy tried to put a mawashi geri into my head. Thanks for all your hard work organising the squad and squad training sessions. Was great! Enjoyed the whole thing :) See you in training during the week! 19 Apr 2015 - 13:58
Luke Whitworth There was an adult Gi jacket left in the gents changing room at the end of play yesterday. If it's yours then it's currently in my washing machine. Let me know and you can have it back. Laundry service charges will be discussed upon collection!
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Trevor Millward If it was covered in blood then it's probably Nicks! :P 19 Apr 2015 - 13:31