Karate Jutsu

Real Karate Jutsu for All Ages


Teaching Combat Karate, WKF Olympic Karate and self defence in Poole and surrounding area including Bournemouth and the University.

Based in Poole, Dorset, AKA Karate was founded by Steve Goodhand in 2006. AKA is a member of the English Karate Federation (EKF) / World Karate Federation NGB for Karate in England.

The club is fundamentally Shotokan Karate however we cross-train, therefore many elements of martial arts are included (striking, kicking, throwing and grappling).The training covers technique, pad work, forms and street self defence. This is also supplemented with weapons training/defence. Karate will help to develop awareness, confidence, power, speed and coordination.

You also have the opportunity to compete in any combat karate tournaments and Olympic style karate (WKF). There is no stress on competition; its entirely up to the student if they want to compete.

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Now Open
Monday BU
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday BU
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday TUF Gym
6:20pm - 7:30pm
Saturday TUF Gym
10:00am - 11:00am


FREE to all members
Tuesday HIIT Karate
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday Waza
6:00pm - 7:00pm
10:00am - 11:00am


Now Open
4:20pm - 5:20pm
Thurs: Royal Legion
5:45pm - 6:45pm
Saturday TUF Gym
10:00am - 11:00am


Karate Combat

Karate's strength is in footwork and being evasive. We also practice all striking techniques and effective grappling. Including Freestyle sparring.


Karate has been proven one of the top sports to burn calories. You can burn between 550-900 per hour of karate training.

Self Defence

Applied Karate includes effective and proven self defense technique taken from the 27 Kata of Shotokan

Body and Mind

Karate develops flexibility, strength, speed and gross motor skills. Also builds confidence and character.

Reduce Stress

Karate can release dopamine and increase serotonin which provides more energy, and helps reduce stress.

Concentration & Focus

Exercise in general is good for children with ADHDmartial arts offers more benefits than many other forms of exercise, such as football or netball.


Steve Goodhand 4th Dan

Chief Instructor

Steve Goodhand 4th Dan

Steve Goodhand (4th Dan) has been involved in martial arts most of his life, starting boxing and then Dragon Style Kung Fu (1987) and has cross trained in many styles (Ju Jitsu, Boxing, Kung Fu TKD, Shoot Wrestling). He has extensive knowledge and has been teaching Karate for over 16 years.

Matthew White 4th Dan

Senior Instructor

Matthew White 4th Dan

Matthew started Shotokan Karate at 8 years old. He studied under Roger Hall and David Alleyn in North London. He graded under Sensei Kato and Asano. After a hiatus from karate he started training at AKA.The training methods, friendly atmosphere and practical dimensions reignited his love of Karate. He has developed a passion for understanding the practical applications (Bunkai).

Andrew Whetherly 2nd Dan


Andrew Whetherly 2nd Dan

Andrew has been a Shotokan practitioner since the age of 8, under Sensei Hazelwood. This gave him a base in traditional forms of Shotokan, which was improved when he moved to university. There he joined Satori Martial Arts and developed his applied karate. This supplemented knowledge of kata with practical uses as well as grappling and throwing techniques.

Louis Dereboy 2nd Dan


Louis Dereboy 2nd Dan

Louis has been practicing karate for over a decade in an esteemed club in Istanbul, taught by Sensei Haydar Güner. Louis joined AKA and is a very welcome addition to our club. Louis also has had previous training in Judo. Louis enjoys applying his skills in traditional karate to the applied martial arts taught at this club. He recently won the South Coast Applied Karate Competition.


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November 23, 2021 by Steve Goodhand (0) Comments

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Kata Video Series

September 2, 2021 by Steve Goodhand (0) Comments

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October 4, 2020 by Steve Goodhand (0) Comments

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