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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.

For more information about MASA, goto www.martialartstandards.org




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Matt Eagles
24 Jul 2016 - 15:34
Sammy Doo Having just heard this on the radio ,I thought it worth sharing.... I first heard it in the nineties ... some good advice for life in there ... its worth comparing to the dojo kun ...take your karate do into your life ....
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL MUSIC VIDEO Great Music video from the nineties ! The lyrics are taken from a famous essay — written in 1997 by Mary Schmich, a columnis...
23 Jul 2016 - 05:17
Sammy Doo i think he said it all...
20 Jul 2016 - 08:35
Garry Watters Still do Kata as often as I can. It helps calm me down after a hard day out bush. 23 Jul 2016 - 05:06 Sammy Doo ..... kata mirrors life .... 23 Jul 2016 - 05:12
Sammy Doo ....a little evening revision...?
21 Jul 2016 - 15:52
David John Francis Note the use of Yon in this clip for the number four (Yonhon nukite like Heian Yondan) where we use one of the other forms for the number four in CFTS (Shi as in Shihon Nukite). Although Shi is a contraction of Shiyon so kind of contains both. Someone who knows Japanese more than me can probably explain this better. 21 Jul 2016 - 16:46 Sammy Doo I am reliably informed ....There are many reasons as to why shi/yon. shichi/nana is used. Dependant on context . usually because of respect for death"SHI NU" shi is avoided in certain situations.but has exceptions. such as religious ceremony in jinja like for celebrate 3,5,7 years for children in japan(shichigosan) notice it is not pronounced san go shichi as this means to die age 35.so as you can see it is very complexed according to where it is used. In karate do, we use YON for general counting of non animate objects (for example the word HON is japanese for long thin objects- 4 writing pencils -"yohon" is used instead of "shihon",but for 4 fingers-still long thin object but ANIMATE- the term SHIHON is used. In general only the word "shi " is avoided,not the actual No."4". In china (sino) characters are all avoided for 4,14,24 etc..because of their superstitions.also they avoid 13 due to western influences. in japan shi is avoided where possible. the on reading and kun reading are just the chinese/japanese readings for kanji radicals.(there can be as many as 22 variations for one character. 22 Jul 2016 - 03:31
David John Francis
21 Jul 2016 - 18:15