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The Practical Karate Association provides its students with the best self defence skills as well as giving them a healthy exercise regime. Our Shotokan and DART Karate classes focus on close quarter paired self defence drills, striking and grappling skills, legally underpinned personal safety strategies, and exercises that improve mobility, strength and aerobic fitness.

traditional discipline and effective self defence

Modern Karate has its origins in close quarter defensive tactics from a fusion of Chinese and Okinawan fighting styles that were originally taught in secret on Okinawa, with the majority of karate systems descended from Royal Bodyguard Sokon Matsumura. It was not designed as a duelling art, but as an effective way of dealing with attacks by thugs. In the early 20th Century its high value as a form of physical exercise was also recognised, and it was adopted by the Okinawan education system before being exported on to Japan and subsequently the world. Click on a link above to find out more!

The Practical Karate Association is part of the British Combat Karate Association (BCKA) with English Karate Federation (EKF) membership and recognition, and teaches DART Karate and Shotokan Karate classes with a focus on self defence.
Chief Instructor John Titchen is is best known internationally for the creation of realistic safe self defence scenario training and his work on legally underpinned self defence, but he is also respected in the karate community for writing a number of best selling critically acclaimed books on the effective application of traditional karate kata.

John’s seminars, books, youtube videos and articles have become very popular with the growing number of groups and individuals looking to enhance their own training through a pragmatic approach to the practical application of traditional martial arts for effective self defence. In addition to his books, John has been a regular contributor for Traditional Karate Magazine, Combat Magazine and Jissen. He now writes articles on self defence and applied karate for his blog, and contributes to a number of leading martial arts forums.

"Karate is undergoing a revolution. Not a revolution that uproots the past, but instead one that returns to the past to water the roots of our tradition so that, after decades of stasis, it may grow and flourish. There is no doubt in my mind that John Titchen is one of the leading lights of this modern revolution (re-evolution?)."
Iain Abernethy, 6th Dan, World Combat Association.

"Dr Titchen's current work adds to the body of knowledge in the martial arts."
Rick Clark, 8th Dan, Chief Instructor AoDenkou Kai.

"One of the most enjoyable days training ever, after many years of traditional tkd training this felt like the missing piece of the jigsaw! Well constructed with good feedback, a great leveller, physically tough and emotionally challenging but ultimately most enlightening....... must come back!"
Tom Coleman, 7th Dan, Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain.

"I am the Canadian Director of the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association and have been involved in martial arts and Law Enforcement for many years now (far too many than I care to mention). John is someone who I have known for some time now and I wholeheartedly endorse his approach and his teachings. Everyone - especially "seasoned" or experienced martial artists - should make 2014 the year they train with John any chance they get to see how much of what they know is applicable and more importantly how much isn't. I don't endorse many people, and believe me I do get asked a lot; this is one I am happy to offer without being asked."
Sifu Jay Cooper, Canadian Director of the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association.

"I have been training in the martial arts for over twenty years and have been fortunate enough to have had some very good instructors. It is not often that I am truly impressed by another instructor, but John Titchen struck me as being on a different level to most. A true understanding of his subject matter, backed up by a very impressive CV. Since training with John and his students I am keen to expose my own students to his training."
Simon Sheridan, Senior Instructor IMA Concepts.