Applied Karate  Academy  Adult Classes From  Aged 13 Family Classes From  Aged 5 Based on Shotokan Karate Striking, Freestyle Kumite  and Grappling
Applied Karate Academy
Karate based on proven technique
Adult Classes From Aged 13
Karate based on proven technique
Family Classes From Aged 5
Karate based on proven technique
Based on Shotokan Karate
Karate based on proven technique
Striking, Freestyle Kumite and Grappling
Karate based on proven technique


Teaching shotokan karate, self defence and freestyle combat in the Bournemouth and Poole Area.

Based in Bournemouth, Dorset, Satori Martial Arts Bournemouth was founded by Steve Goodhand in 2006. SMA is a member of the NAKMAS.

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 open, freestyle and karate tournements. 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
9:30pm - 10:30pm


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
9:30pm - 10:25pm


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.

Karate Blog

Bulls*#t Bunkai is Karate becoming Akido?

October 4, 2020 by admin (0) Comments

The modern trend of applied karate has been very positive in many ways. Analysing kata and finding more practical technique. Rather some of older…

Successful grading

September 26, 2020 by admin (0) Comments

Congratulations to George on his successful grading to purple belt. He has worked hard and technique has improved. He was graded by Matthew White…

Karate’s throws

September 10, 2020 by admin (0) Comments

Karate contains many throws and takedowns, however they are different from Judo techniques. The reason is they have to also deal with striking techniques…