Welcome to the website for Tora Karate - traditional Shotokan Karate classes in Twickenham, in West London. Have a look at our pages, see photos from the classes (new and old) and if you'd like to, come along and train with us. All are very welcome.
Founded in 1966 our aim is the teaching of traditional Shotokan karate-do. We are professionally structured with a strict code of conduct and child protection policy. All of our instructors are fully insured and have been enhanced CRB checked, and we also have an independent child protection officer. We believe that every student is important regardless of their ability.
Our training sessions are held at St. Mary's University in Twickenham, in the Performance Hall (in the new sports facility building).
St Mary's University College, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 4SX
Wednesday: 18:30 to 19:30 (kids only) | 19:30 to 20:30 (adults only)
Friday: 19:00 to 20:30
Sunday: 09:30 to 11:00
Membership of Tora Karate Kodo Kai (Tora Karate Academy) is open to those aged 8 years and upwards. You will need to fill out a membership form and abide by our code of conduct. Regular training is both necessary and enjoyable. Tora Kodo Karate Kai has a family atmosphere where all are welcome.
Children & Karate
We teach Shotokan Karate-do that is very well suited to children as well as adults. Children can quickly and easily master the basic techniques which in turn increases their motivation to continue and improve.
There are numerous benefits for children who study martial arts and the structured learning programme instils self-discipline, self-esteem and a level of commitment which can be beneficial in everyday life. Children are taught from the outset that Karate is a defensive not offensive martial art and to only use their skills in self-defence. Traditional Shotokan Karate-do helps to prepare children for life, through their training they are taught respect, self confidence and enhanced concentration.
We actively encourage parents and carers to come and watch lessons and we will gladly answer any questions that you have. You are also welcome to talk to our Child Protection Officer who will go through our Child Protection Policy with you.