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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 March 2016

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.

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Stefan Binky Bant Enjoyed today's shotokai course .
06 Feb 2016 - 15:36
Stephen Irwin A thoroughly enjoyable Shotokai course this afternoon. Fascinating to compare two sister-styles. You can hear the power in Kanazawa Sensei's video of Meikyo, inspiring to watch!
Shotokan Kata Meikyo - Kanazawa Hirokazu
06 Feb 2016 - 14:06
Sammy Doo Longevity of training .. knowledge is power.
03 Feb 2016 - 17:18
Sammy Doo
31 Jan 2016 - 18:24
Lesley Kandola Serious question! ..Does any one know of any karate related exercises I can do to keep my karate going that dont involve pull on my stomach muscles? I have been told even to Avoid punching action for three more months but am already forgetting all I have learnt and want to get active again . Thanks
28 Jan 2016 - 15:24
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Sammy Doo https://youtu.be/C39eRdSNfAM ... possibly select what your body feels is appropriate from these kokyu excercises by Kanazawa Soke , done with smoothness & no tension - and not to vigorously may suit, but you will be the better judge of which to choose . 28 Jan 2016 - 15:48 Sammy Doo Another teaching of Kanazawa Soke is his "visualisation" thinking through moves or kata. Visualising himself winning against his opponents the evening before the championship he teaches aided his victory the following day - the same can only aid in retaining kata/techniques if incapacitated and unable to train by recalling them in detail. 28 Jan 2016 - 15:53 Lesley Kandola As always thank you for your advice ! I have been trying visualising Kata in my head espeically my next one ! I will take a look 28 Jan 2016 - 15:59 Pamela Davies Hi Lesley. I will give this some thought. I'm sure we could work something out to give you some practice without hindering your recovery. 28 Jan 2016 - 17:16
Sammy Doo The majority of karate waza (technique) is underpinned with core strength via the hara.... so it'l be a tough one to crack. Taking out the kime some selected moves can be performed to assist in retaining them in memory...but, I think at this stage of your healing "visualisation is probably the safest for you during recovery. 29 Jan 2016 - 04:29 Lesley Kandola Thanks both x 29 Jan 2016 - 13:10