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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 Matt Eagles Awareness for modern times
Stealth Techniques Nowadays
22 May 2015 - 09:31
David John Francis Jokes aside. Walking along looking down at your phone means you are unaware of your surroundings which is poor self defence. 22 May 2015 - 09:37
Sammy Doo .... just another day at the office
21 May 2015 - 13:37
Sammy Doo In the words of Will Smith... Drummmmms please!
17 May 2015 - 13:29
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David John Francis Hear the drummer get wicked 😀 17 May 2015 - 15:46
Sammy Doo It was indeed ...Yoku as were the performers.. ;) 17 May 2015 - 16:27 Sammy Doo Very kindly signed my DVD ; ) domo arigato gozaimasu. 17 May 2015 - 16:29
Ruth Waldram A request for help today! I'd planned to give somebody a lift to the course this afternoon, but have to let them down. Could somebody step in and help please (pick up from the Queens Park area)?
17 May 2015 - 05:19
Ruth Waldram A lovely lady has come to the rescue. Have fun today everyone 😆 17 May 2015 - 05:36
Sammy Doo Harada Sensei / Shotokai video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6inyDXxucw
16 May 2015 - 06:10
Sammy Doo While on the subject from that particular master ... as we detailed in a recent Friday training lesson for gedan barai , stepping into gedan barai is not "falling forward" into it - try to drop (compress) and push forward (extend) into it ... tai no shinshuku ... expansion and contraction of the body...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8QXJPf0Q74&list=PLjbvqi1oIviYhqefqe2cJmiN39YaS8If-&index=6
At the Hong Kong seminar in December 2012, Soke Inoue explains how to generate movement by relaxing the hip joint and use gravity.
15 May 2015 - 07:01
David John Francis Sometimes its hard to do but I'm going to try.
The secret of Karate? :-)
14 May 2015 - 10:31
Sammy Doo
After writing my previous blog article on Kanazawa Sensei I discovered a piece of news I thought worthy of its own news story. Hirokazu Kanazawa has been awarded the status of Meijin (which may be ...
13 May 2015 - 06:42
Sammy Doo from, memory the first meijin gained by a karateka was bestowed to Ohtsuka Sensei (wado ryu) in 1972 by the president of the International Martial Arts Federation, a member of the Japanese royal family, He was also 10th dan at the time. 13 May 2015 - 07:01
Gareth Richards http://youtu.be/RXbCUEMZXto Did someone say tekki nidan?
Shinri karat schools Tekki nidan kata bunkai Performed by Gareth Richards and Phil Culley June 2013
11 May 2015 - 09:22
Sammy Doo ..... blast from the past .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_J4TRYxpmU
A compilation of wise sayings from the TV show Kung Fu which relate to the First Seal (Mystical Paths, know thyself to know God) in The Greatest Sign. For mo...
06 May 2015 - 13:25
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Sammy Doo staple diet of my 1970's tv :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqsAye_EiA0 06 May 2015 - 13:28 Stefan Binky Bant I was a BIG fan of monkey , in the old days lol😃 06 May 2015 - 14:39 Stefan Binky Bant Come on, don't lie, you all loved it too !!!! 06 May 2015 - 14:41
Sammy Doo a few of Monkeys quotes .. "Nothing ends, but it becomes something else." .... "A leather bag is nothing, nor is a bucket, nor a brain. They only become useful when something is put into them." .... "Like a mountain, a good man is visible from afar." 11 May 2015 - 06:54 David John Francis For some reason I was always Pigsy when we used to play Monkey as kids. Basically a chance to hit each other with sticks. Speaking of that, remember it's the Bo Kumite course this weekend. 11 May 2015 - 09:09
David John Francis Tekki Nidan Bunkai from France
11 May 2015 - 08:43
David John Francis One from Kanazawa Kancho
11 May 2015 - 08:42
David John Francis Another take on Tekki Nidan
http://www.bunkai.co.uk for the free Bunkai Strategies Newsletter and ordering our books, DVDs, and downloads. In this week's clip we take a look at the open...
11 May 2015 - 08:42
David John Francis One take on Tekki Nidan Bunkai
http://www.iainabernethy.co.uk/ This footage was taken at a residential course in June 2014. At the course, all participants were asked what topics they woul...
11 May 2015 - 08:41
Sammy Doo Kakushi te - Hidden hands , Kyusho / pressure points for uchi uke some discussed in Fridays 1st lesson ... 1) right hand strikes attackers arm point while left hand strikes kyusho point half way point compresssion in nekoashidachi 2) left hikite wrings & activates kyusho point while right hand strikes neck kyusho point. 3) Sliding in extension activating both points while 5th strike is applied to attackers inner thigh/knee
09 May 2015 - 09:32
Sammy Doo .. for obvious reasons the location of the kyusho points were omitted :) 11 May 2015 - 06:49
Stefan Binky Bant Big thanks for the belts 😃
08 May 2015 - 15:59
Sammy Doo No problem glad to help out... I'm sure they will both be changing colour in the near future.Good to see you back ;) 08 May 2015 - 16:03 David John Francis No worries 08 May 2015 - 17:52
Sammy Doo ...... Kihon, put into practice. Jun Wakisaka (Yondan) SKIF HQ instructor, 10th All Japan Kumite Competition 1st Place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNyQWx_ke-U
A demo by 4t dan Sensei Wakisaka at SKIF Belgium Summer Camp 2013
08 May 2015 - 06:56
David John Francis Some bunkai thoughts on the possible application of moves from the end of Hangetsu (just around the second Kiai point onwards).
http://www.iainabernethy.co.uk/ This video looks at bunkai for the end sequence of Seishan / Hangetsu. It was filmed at a session in Chicago in May 2015. The...
07 May 2015 - 07:32
Matt Eagles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEQnTv31SYo And we think we have it hard :)
Hollywood actor Jason Scott Lee has been a student of Bruce Lee’s martial art Jeet Kune Do for 20 years and in Secrets Of Shaolin he fulfils his lifelong dre...
06 May 2015 - 14:47
Matt Eagles Next lesson plan sorted :P
The UnderGround Taekwon-Do Series Combatives training with the South Korean military.
05 May 2015 - 16:32
Trevor Millward I have a sneakin' suspicion that this may have been the inspiration for Renshi's lesson tonight .. :P 05 May 2015 - 17:23
Sammy Doo Looking forward to seeing these amazing Taiko performers in a couple of weeks
海外が称賛する、世界が認めた和太鼓集団"倭 YAMATO"!! 日本で活躍する豪華アーティスト達との奇跡のコラボが実現した作品を発売!! 詳細はこちら:http://www.universal-music.co.jp/yamato
04 May 2015 - 19:14
Sammy Doo for those interested ... http://www.taiko.com/taiko_resource/history.html 04 May 2015 - 19:25
Matt Eagles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-UF8sAsxU0 Soke explaining the importance of hip rotation in punching :)
Seminario realizado por Kancho Kanazawa en la ciudad de Santiago junto a Sensei Ryusho Suzuki, 6º Dan Instructor Hombu Dojo en Japón.
04 May 2015 - 06:00
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
Hand to hand combat, at royal armed forces day, Falmouth 2013 If you enjoyed this video please like and subscribe
25 Apr 2015 - 04:38
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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