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Shropshire Goju Ryu Karate Academy

After 8 years full contact karate it was time to make a change, and over 20 years later we are still learning and training in the pursuit of knowledge in the way of the empty hand. It all began in 1995 when the group opened its doors under the guidance of Sensei Keith Pace from Moreton, Wirral. With regular round trips of 160 miles, Sensei Max Beddow sought knowledge and guidance from Sensei Keith. After training with Sensei Keith for several years; in 2008 Keith sadly passed away leaving the group to continue on its own path for the next 8 years. In 2016 Shropshire Goju Ryu Karate Academy was kindly invited to join the English Goju Ryu Karate Association (EGKA) and are now proud to be training as part of a bigger Goju Ryu family.  In 2019 at the 40th anniversary of IOGKF a karate Gishiki (ceremony) was held on Okinawa where Sensei Max successfully graded to 6th dan IOGKF.

Shropshire Goju Ryu Karate Academy is the only recognised EGKA affiliated dojo in the west midlands and we pride ourselves on being open minded and open to new ideas. A typical nights training involves all aspects of traditional martial arts; with regular practice of kata, kihon, kumite, body conditioning, traditional resistance training, bag work etc...


With no previous martial arts experience necessary, you are never too old to train in a traditional martial art. Come and train in a safe and friendly enviroment where all are made welcome.

Safety of our classes is paramount. Instructor Sensei Max Beddow maintains current DBS checks and is certificated in first aid training.

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