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 Central Federation


Traditional Shotokan



Welcome to 2017!!


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 June 2017

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)

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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Sammy Doo How many of the following lines of the niju kun can be employed within your life ? .... • Karate-do begins and ends with bowing. 一、空手道は礼に始まり礼に終る事を忘るな Hitotsu, karate-do wa rei ni hajimari rei ni owaru koto o wasuruna • There is no first strike in karate. 一、空手に先手なし Hitotsu, karate ni sente nashi • Karate stands on the side of justice. 一、空手は義の補け Hitotsu, karate wa, gi no tasuke • First know yourself, then know others. 一、先づ自己を知れ而して他を知れ Hitotsu, mazu onore o shire, shikashite ta o shire • Mentality over technique. 一、技術より心術 Hitotsu, gijutsu yori shinjitsu • The heart must be set free. 一、心は放たん事を要す Hitotsu, kokoro wa hanatan koto o yosu • Calamity springs from carelessness. 一、禍は懈怠に生ず Hitotsu, wazawai wa ketai ni seizu • Karate goes beyond the dojo. 一、道場のみの空手と思ふな Hitotsu, dojo nomino karate to omou na • Karate is a lifelong pursuit. 一、空手の修業は一生である Hitotsu, karate-do no shugyo wa issho de aru • Apply the way of karate to all things. Therein lies its beauty. 一、凡ゆるものを空手化せよ其処に妙味あり Hitotsu, ara yuru mono o karateka seyo; soko ni myomi ari • Karate is like boiling water; without heat, it returns to its tepid state. 一、空手は湯の如し絶えず熱度を与えざれば元の水に還る Hitotsu, karate wa yu no gotoshi taezu netsu o ataezareba moto no mizu ni kaeru • Do not think of winning. Think, rather, of not losing. 一、勝つ考は持つな負けぬ考は必要 Hitotsu, katsu kangae wa motsuna; makenu kangae wa hitsuyo • Make adjustments according to your opponent. 一、敵に因って轉化せよ Hitotsu, tekki ni yotte tenka seyo • The outcome of a battle depends on how one handles emptiness and fullness (weakness and strength). 一、戦は虚実の操縦如何に在り Hitotsu, tatakai wa kyojitsu no soju ikan ni ari • Think of hands and feet as swords. 一、人の手足を剣と思へ Hitotsu, hito no teashi wa ken to omoe • When you step beyond your own gate, you face a million enemies. 一、男子門を出づれば百万の敵あり Hitotsu, danshi mon o izureba hyakuman no teki ari • Formal stances are for beginners; later, one stands naturally. 一、構は初心者に後は自然体 Hitotsu, kamae wa shoshinsha ni ato wa shizentai • Perform prescribed sets of techniques exactly; actual combat is another matter. 一、形は正しく実戦は別物 Hitotsu, kata wa tadashiku, jisen wa betsumono • Do not forget the employment of withdrawal of power, the extension or contraction of the body, the swift or leisurely application of technique. 一、力の強弱体の伸縮技の緩急を忘るな Hitotsu, chikara no kyojakutai no shinshuku waza no kankyu o wasuruna • Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful, in your pursuit of the Way. 一、常に思念工夫せよ Hitotsu, tsune ni shinen ku fu seyo
29 Mar 2017 - 16:03
Sammy Doo 29 Mar 2017 - 16:04
Sammy Doo The 10th edict of Funakoshi O Sensei's niju kun 10. Put karate into your everyday living; that is how you will see its true beauty ----Ara yuru mono o karateka seyo; sokoni myomi ari. While this is true in many ways, one particular study has been realized through the field of science.......the study below makes for interesting reading proving some of karate training's many benefits, after a period of only 5 months. All credit accredited to the following paper... Journal of Sport and Health Science Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2016, Pages 484–490 Open Access Original article Comparing the effectiveness of karate and fitness training on cognitive functioning in older adults—A randomized controlled trial Background Recent studies demonstrate a slowdown in deterioration of cognitive functioning in old age through aerobic training. There is evidence that the combination of aerobic, balance, and coordination exercises leads to an improvement or maintenance of cognitive functions. Such age-related exercises can especially be found in East Asian martial arts. The purpose of the current study is to verify whether karate training for older adults improves cognitive functioning and, if an improvement can be found, which cognitive fields are influenced. Methods Eighty-nine older women and men (mean age: 70 years) participated in this study. The participants were randomized into 2 intervention groups (karate group and fitness group, duration of intervention: 5 months) and a control group. All participants had to accomplish a cognitive test battery before and after the intervention. In a secondary study the karate group had an additional intervention for another 5 months. Results The results show that there is a significant improvement in motor reactivity, stress tolerance, and divided attention only after the 5-month karate training period. Additionally, the results of the secondary study indicate further improvements after 10 months. Conclusion The 5-month karate training can help to enhance attention, resilience, and motor reaction time, but a training period of 10 months is even more efficient.
29 Mar 2017 - 15:35
Andy Cfts Who was the first English man and woman to get a karate Black belt ? Answers to this and other information can be found on our website. How often do you visit it? It is the best training aid you can find on the net.
28 Mar 2017 - 04:26
Andy Cfts Please give us some feedback. We value it. It helps us and your fellow students. Please print one off from the website (administration) and hand one in. (I've tried a link & tried posting a copy, neither works sorry)
24 Mar 2017 - 05:25
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Sammy Doo Osu I think the file location link requires replacing with the PDF Renshi 24 Mar 2017 - 05:49
Sammy Doo Osu Renshi possibly a word version or failing that maybe use windows snipping tool to save it as a jpeg ? I have taken the pdf link from the main website and copied it here , I hope that helps http://www.cfts-karate.co.uk/images/Forms/CFTSFeedbackForm.pdf 25 Mar 2017 - 14:00 Andy Cfts THANKS ANDY, good job ! 27 Mar 2017 - 03:54
Sammy Doo In preparation of tomorrow children ... mums are strong, even when they are not wearing a Karate gi.
25 Mar 2017 - 15:45