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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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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
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...
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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
Matt Eagles Next lesson plan sorted :P
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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
Garry Watters Thanks for the add Mr Doo!
26 Apr 2015 - 06:13
Sammy Doo Your most welcome :) just off out now for my usual prep for London to Brighton Cycle ride ... 26 Apr 2015 - 06:34
Sammy Doo Well, thats the custom top ordered for L2B ride :)
24 Apr 2015 - 07:02
David John Francis For anyone who watched Dan Young doing Bassai-Sho at the CFTS competition day, here is a nice suggestion of Bunkai for the start.
http://www.iainabernethy.co.uk/ This video looks at the bunkai for the beginning of Bassai-Sho (Shotokan version). It was filmed during a two day seminar in ...
22 Apr 2015 - 11:11
Sammy Doo or this ? .. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q5X2GFbEwU 22 Apr 2015 - 11:15
Barry Nelson Never too young to start:
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20 Apr 2015 - 09:16
Sammy Doo As competition day wanes... looking forward to a return to kihon ....
19 Apr 2015 - 17:42
Haylee Kidby Just to say a quick good luck to everyone taking part today! Just a reminder to those travelling from Kempston to Bletchley that the Kingston road at the roundabout is closed so there is a slight diversion! Again good luck to you all
18 Apr 2015 - 02:38
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Trevor Millward Luck? I'm a grandfather with 2 dodgy knees and I'm in the team kumite event. I don't need luck. What I need is a ******* MIRACLE!!!! lol! 18 Apr 2015 - 02:47 Haylee Kidby Haha I'm sure you'll be fine! 18 Apr 2015 - 02:47 Anthony Crow Excellent travel advise, you might have found a career 18 Apr 2015 - 02:52 Haylee Kidby I think I have lol 18 Apr 2015 - 03:26
Sammy Doo Trevor Millward ....seems your miracle was granted .Hope you enjoyed the training and the day, see you next week Osu 18 Apr 2015 - 13:24 Trevor Millward Aye, a miracle indeed Sammy Doo! My bald patch seems bigger today. Think it's wear and tear from a guardian angels hand pushing me down every time that guy tried to put a mawashi geri into my head. Thanks for all your hard work organising the squad and squad training sessions. Was great! Enjoyed the whole thing :) See you in training during the week! 19 Apr 2015 - 13:58
Luke Whitworth There was an adult Gi jacket left in the gents changing room at the end of play yesterday. If it's yours then it's currently in my washing machine. Let me know and you can have it back. Laundry service charges will be discussed upon collection!
19 Apr 2015 - 04:56
Trevor Millward If it was covered in blood then it's probably Nicks! :P 19 Apr 2015 - 13:31
Paul Comb Well done to every one who took part in the competition to day win or loose you should all be proud. Mk team squad I think we should go and put some money on the lottery after pulling that win out the bag against a very good Bedford team. And thank you again sense gillies for the training lessons osu
18 Apr 2015 - 13:38
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Sammy Doo Your welcome Paul , see you in the week, enjoy some R&R with your family of karateka :) Hope you enjoy the sake.Drink it cold /on the rocks or if you like a sweeter palate try 30% hot water 70% Sake .... enjoy 18 Apr 2015 - 13:56 Paul Comb Will do sensi will do 🍺 18 Apr 2015 - 14:02 Haylee Kidby Have some well earned rest you need it! Welcome to the big boys game ;) Bedford will steal it back next year ;) but very well done for this year a very good fight and well sensei gillies for the house of training you put into the mk squad! 18 Apr 2015 - 16:16 Sammy Doo Thankyou Haylee Kidby ... was great to see you again today. Osu enjoy the rest of your weekend :). 18 Apr 2015 - 16:18 Haylee Kidby Was good seeing you too. Hopefully see you in the dojo soon! Have a good one yourself! Ossett 18 Apr 2015 - 16:19
Haylee Kidby Stupid predicted text! Oss! 18 Apr 2015 - 16:19 Sammy Doo lol.... now back to Sake :) 18 Apr 2015 - 16:19
David John Francis Good luck everyone today at the competition day.
18 Apr 2015 - 00:34
David John Francis Last bit of Tekki Shodan for this week, but this time the same moves done by bare knuckle boxers.
This morning @bartitsophia on Twitter shared some old boxing photos with me; which have many similarities to the karate of the time (the two systems definitely have a lot in common). For example, in this one we can see the press and punch of Tekki / Naihanchi. If he kicked him on the inside of the knee with the lead foot ("returning wave kick") then hit him in the side of the neck with the forearm we'd have the kata. You see this technique in loads of other systems too of course. Love these commonalities as they remind us all martial arts have a lot in common and the study of other systems allows us to see our own from differing perspectives. If the gents in the photo did the exact same technique in a gi it would be "karate" ... which raises some interesting questions around what actually defines a given system.
12 Apr 2015 - 06:47
Matt Eagles Hi everyone, hope you are all training hard ; Im hoping to be at the competition day ; to cheer on MK freestyle squad on. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon. Osu!!
03 Apr 2015 - 05:55
Lucy Kershaw When is the competition? 11 Apr 2015 - 15:25 Matt Eagles Saturday the 18th of April :) 11 Apr 2015 - 16:34
Amber Fandango Mead Suzy in japanese!
11 Apr 2015 - 15:01
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Sammy Doo yoku dekimashita - VERY GOOD :) 11 Apr 2015 - 15:32
Sammy Doo jozu desu 11 Apr 2015 - 15:39 Sammy Doo Nihongo ga o-jozu desu ne! 11 Apr 2015 - 15:40
David John Francis A little more Tekki Shodan Bunkai. Note mawashi-tsuki in this version is kage-zuki in ours.
This week's Waza Wednesday looks at the stacked-hands position/gedan-barai/mawashi-tsuki sequence in Naihanchi Shodan. We demonstrate it against a push to th...
10 Apr 2015 - 07:18
David John Francis Yet more bunkai quality from Mark Cook. This time Tekki Shodan. Enjoy.
08 Apr 2015 - 02:20
Roy Currie
Women self defense in 1947
07 Apr 2015 - 03:23
Colin Durrant This is pretty cool. 07 Apr 2015 - 03:26 Ruth Waldram That's fantastic. I'd like a self defence course where you wore your dancing shoes. 07 Apr 2015 - 03:40
David John Francis Quote from Kris Wilder, "Treating others well because that is who you are, not who they are is pretty darn cool. I’ll tell you that is harder than it sounds." One! To Honour the Principles of Etiquette. Sound similar?
02 Apr 2015 - 06:52
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Trevor Millward I'd have rated that quote as a little better of a match with "One! Strive to perfect the character!" myself. I'm not quibbling with anyone who beat me to getting their black belt though :P Similar quote I like, just for the sake of wasting some 'screen-ink' (It's Free! It's Free!!!); "The measure of a man lies not in how in he treats those who can do him either good or harm.The measure of a man lies in how he treats those who can do him neither good nor harm" On the subject of those capable of doing us either good or harm: A combination of domestic tribulations and business triumphs have kept me away from training regularly these last two weeks. Would be appreciated if someone could pass on my apologies to Renshi and let him know I should be back to getting my Gi sweaty tommorow night. 02 Apr 2015 - 07:18 David John Francis Osu Trevor. I don't think training is on tomorrow as it is Good Friday. Anyone else confirm? 02 Apr 2015 - 07:20 Trevor Millward WUT? A Friday with no training!!! Nowt good about that :( 02 Apr 2015 - 07:58 Katy Egginton I don't think it's on, then is next week in the youth centre?.... I'll ask tonight 😀 02 Apr 2015 - 08:46 Roy Currie No training on Friday - Renshi confirmed that last night 02 Apr 2015 - 08:59 Roy Currie No training at Brickhill on Saturday or Kempston on Monday either 02 Apr 2015 - 09:00
Sammy Doo I can confirm ...both the youth club and school were locked up .... when I visited .... oooops :) 03 Apr 2015 - 15:18 Sammy Doo In addition Renshi said we are back at the school when the children return after easter , until then we (NP Dojo) are at the NP youth club.Osu 03 Apr 2015 - 15:21
David John Francis Some date based fun.
It must be acknowledged that kata has always been evolving. As part of this evolution, we have seen the addition of more athletic motions. It can...
01 Apr 2015 - 06:24