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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 August 2016

Training available at all clubs all through the summer !!

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

(Not available at after school clubs Balliol, Bushfield, Cedars, Stewkley & Thornton)

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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Andy Cfts Many congratulations to our Olympic heroes & heroines, returning from Rio. Can't wait to see the table next time in Tokyo. If GB do as well as we do in other world Karate competitions it'll be another record haul of Olympic medals even exceeding this year's. (Providing the tally is included )
23 Aug 2016 - 08:35
Gary Cook Certainly puts our national football team's performance and excuses in to perspective ... 23 Aug 2016 - 08:55
Matt Eagles
Karate according to Masao Kagawa
18 Aug 2016 - 16:11
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Sammy Doo Kagawa Sensei .... kagayakashii (brilliant) 18 Aug 2016 - 16:50
Sammy Doo As all masters teach ... techniques and kata when performed slowly are less forgiving or in this particular example show how unbelievably skilled they have become in their art through diligence and dedication. https://youtu.be/1AD_DS1_rao 18 Aug 2016 - 16:51 Matt Eagles All his techniques look soft but devastating when executed fast. Wish I had his skill with control . 19 Aug 2016 - 13:46
Andrew Paice Hey, sorry to post, this stuck in mind and I was wondering what people thought... Funakoshi said that: "One serious problem, in my opinion, which besets present-day Karate-dõ, is the prevalence of divergent schools. I believe that this will have a deleterious effect on the future development of the art." (Karate-do: my way of life). ... is this a commonly held view? With Shotokan, Kyokushin, Wado-ryu, Shito-ryu, Goju-Ryu, and loads others, that I also have no idea of, there certainly is a lot of variety. Funakoshi even said that "Shotokan" is a classification he would "strongly object to". Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! :)
18 Aug 2016 - 14:23
Sammy Doo Based on my understanding related to study of O Sensei's beliefs.. and without going into depth...O Sense (Funakoshi Gichin) repeatedly published with consistency his teaching that you can trace back all karate to only 2 schools of karate... shorei ryu, for larger framed people, shorin ryu, for slightly built , flexible people, but always taught one must have an understanding of each style to use "both styles together" extract source - Karate Jutsu (Funakoshi Gihin). When in 1936 a committee of his nationwide supporters funded the building of the first karate dojo built in Japan ( Zoshigaya, Toshima Ward) It was to be named - unbeknown to O Sensei as the "Shoto-kan" - related to the name he used when authoring Chinese poems in his youth.I have found myself fortunate to train with his direct students, and one time in training trained under a member of his family Kenneth Funakoshi. One belief seems to hold true with all in conversation with them - to adhere to the origins and beliefs of the founder and to always be true to ones Sensei. One notable Sensei told me he had "no time for students that move dojo's in order to advance their rank"... Indeed .,some at glance seem different in style but in training, trying to gain better understanding of each ryu all flow back and refer to the ethics published by O Sensei . Kanazawa Soke, some would argue has included elements of his Tai Chi within his training and syllabus. However, this addition is clearly beneficial as his students then learn enhanced kokyu waza, breathing control..Just one common element of another ryu... Yet no one would dispute his karate remains true to his Senseis traditions and teachings. So to gain an understanding of other branches of the same tree, or as Soke would say " to view your mountain summit more clearly from another man's mountain" aids the understanding of your art... training with different karate ryu... or even another art..(Jigoro Kana taught O Sensei throwing techniques later adopted into shotokan.) .and was acceptable to O Sensei's teachings, - some of his students were champion sumo exponents, in the book you refer to he openly stated he learned as much from them, as they from him, so to learn from MASTERS of another ryu and in keeping with their similar. traditional values and teachings,should not detract from Funakoshi Gichin aim to enhance the students character. However, , one must always underpin that training with loyalty, remain to true to your Sensei and in turn, yourself. 18 Aug 2016 - 16:42
Sammy Doo Absolutely... Osu
But mastery is not enough. First of all, a good Sensei has to care, to genuinely want to teach. A good Sensei is a good person!
19 Aug 2016 - 04:38
David John Francis A global family of martial arts and fighting sports. Any missing that you know about?
Which style do you practice?
17 Aug 2016 - 02:33
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Gary Cook Thai-Fu ... ancient Chinese martial art of making cup of tea ... 17 Aug 2016 - 04:34 Andy Cfts Who said Judo was a martial art? 17 Aug 2016 - 08:39 Sammy Doo Oh dear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.. Sherlock Holmes... And the "Japan Sherlock Holmes Club" will note the exclusion of "Baritsu" or Bartitsu as it's founder E. W. Barton-Wright devised it as such. 17 Aug 2016 - 11:00 Sammy Doo https://youtu.be/4tC5O7HV_KY 17 Aug 2016 - 11:02 Sammy Doo https://youtu.be/ZTae3JQj-9I 17 Aug 2016 - 11:03 Dan Young Krav maga 17 Aug 2016 - 11:41
Dan Young Savate 18 Aug 2016 - 14:09 Dan Young Chin na 18 Aug 2016 - 14:09