Karate: a way of life
Learn self defence
Develop confidence
Enhance concentration
Get slim & improve fitness
Relieve stress
Build self esteem

GKR Karate

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle (384–322 BC)

Classes run 7 days a week throughout Hertfordshire: Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, Letchworth, Harlow, Hertford, Hoddesdon, Turnford, Ware, Pottersbar and Hatfield. See Our Classes for more details.

Go-Kan-Ryu (GKR) Karate brings the Martial Art of Karate in reach of everyone, regardless of age or fitness levels. Kancho Robert Sullivan, Founder and Chief Instructor, believes that every individual can learn and benefit from Karate training.

GKR was established in 1984 in Adelaide, South Australia, and has since become one of the world’s largest karate organisations, with thousands of students training throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Houston - Texas.

Classes are disciplined, yet fun, allowing the whole family to participate, learn and develop at their own speed. We start children from as young as 5 years of age, and our older students are well into their seventies. We believe that people of all walks of life can enjoy the many benefits that karate training offers. Karate is not just a great form of self defense, but provides all students the opportunity to enhance their character and develop confidence, focus and inner security. Above all, we teach in a non-contact environment to provide a safe training environment and to encourage self-discipline and control. Karate training allows you to improve your fitness while learning something valuable at the same time.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step Laozi (6th century BC) – Tao Te Ching

GKR benefits

Karate has many benefits the whole family can enjoy.

Karate for everyone

Learn self-defence

Karate was primarily developed for self defence. Even though karate goes back hundreds of years, the skills and techniques developed through karate training are still very reliant and practicle for self defence in todays world.

Increase fitness

Unlike many fitness workouts, karate works on every major muscle group in the body. From toning up your legs and bum with stances and kicks, to shaping and toning your shoulders and abs though working on blocking and striking techiques, your sure to be in great shape in no time.

Build confidence and self esteem

Many students start their karate journey to improve their confidence. Practicing karate is a demanding activity and can give student a big feeling of acomplishment which is a big boost to their confidence.

Improve focus and concentration

Karate training has shown to improve focus and concentration in the practitioner. As you start your karate journey, you will find that the focus needed to master each karate technique will spill over into other areas of you life. So whether you want to be more focused in your career, or concentrate more on your homework, karate training will give you a big advantage.

Relieve stress

We all have days that don’t go too well. Whether you’ve had a bad day at school or work, there’s no better way than forgetting the stresses of your day than having a great workout. The friendly atmosphere of our classes will make sure that you always feel welcome.

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. Bruce Lee (1940– 1973)

Karate for Kids

Builds respect and courtesy

At the heart of karate, is instilling a high level of respect for not only the instructor, but also for fellow students. This is particually apparent when teaching younger students about good attitude in the dojo.

Enhances character development

Karate training helps develop many character traites in younger students. This can play a big part in them growing up to be very leasent and successful adults later in life.

Improves self-discipline and confidence

Confidence is one of the most common reason for parents getting their children involved in karate. The sense of achievment that kids when they achieve a goal such as reaching a new grade or learning a new kata can really help to boost their confidence. As their confidence then grows, they start to learn how trying a bit harder can see them achieve even more, which improves their sense of discipline.

Improves classroom behaviour and dedication to schoolwork

Many parents have reported that their childs school teacher had commented on the student improved behaviour in the classroom.

GKR Classes

With classes running seven days a week, your sure to find one to fit your busy schedule

GKR Karate has been running classes in Hertfordshire since 2001. Since then we have grown throughout the county and now boast almost 30 classes running every week.

At the heart of the region lies a dedicated group of branch instructors who put a lot of effort into not only their own training, but also in helping students reach their full potential.

Our Hertfordshire Classes

Scroll through the classes below to find one near you ( see all on map ) :

Welwyn Garden City

6th WGC Scout Group Autumn Grove Hertfordshire AL7 4DB

6:00 - 7:00pm

7:30 - 9:00pm


Oakmere Primary School Chace Avenue Hertfordshire EN6 5NP

6:00 - 7:00pm

7:30 - 9:00pm


St Phillip Howard RC School Woods Avenue Hertfordshire AL10 8NN

6:30 - 8:00pm


Pin Green Community Centre Archer Road Hertfordshire SG1 5HF

6:00 - 7:00pm

7:30 - 9:00pm


Pin Green Community Centre Archer Road Hertfordshire SG1 5HF

6:00 - 7:00pm

7:30 - 9:00pm


The Shephall Centre Shephall Green Hertfordshire SG2 9XR

10:30am - midday


Harlow Sea Cadets Tilegate Road Hertfordshire CM20

6:00 - 7:00pm

7:30 - 9:00pm


1st Hertford Scout Group Marshgate Drive Hertfordshire SG13 7AJ

6:00 - 7:00pm

7:30 - 9:00pm


Forres Primary School Stanstead Road Hertfordshire EN11 0RW

6:30 - 8:00pm


Tower Primary School Tower Road Hertfordshire SG12 7LP

6:00 - 7:00pm

7:30 - 9:00pm


Turnford School Mill Lane Hertfordshire EN8 0JU

6:00 - 7:00pm

7:30 - 9:00pm

Classes take place all year round, regardless of school and public holidays, with the exception of Christmas.
This year there are no classes between the 23rd December 2013 and the 5th January 2014 inclusive.

It matters not how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. Confucious (551–479 BC)


Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. Voltaire (1694-1778)

Aside from the obvious benefits of self-defence and fitness, our traditional Japanese style of karate builds respect, courtesy, self-control and improves self-discipline and confidence.

For children it can help with concentration and behaviour at home and in the classroom.

For adults it’s a great way to relieve stress, gain balance, improve flexibility and learn something new.

What ages do you start from?

We are a family club that caters for all ages from five years. Our classes are popular with both boys and girls. Girls and women make up around 35-40% of our classes.

Is it safe?

GKR has been established for over 25 years and is one of the largest karate clubs in the world. Our Karate style is non-contact, which provides a safe enviroment for training and encourages self-discipline and control. Our instructors are first aid trained and hold relevant working with children qualifications.

How long are the classes?

Our classes run for either 60 or 90 minutes.

Can I stay and watch?

Parents are welcome to stay and watch, especially for the first few classes. After that, you can drop them off and collect them later if you like.

Can we train together?

We encourage parents and other family members to train with their children, although they are welcome to train separately if they wish.

Are there classes near me?

We have many classes running in and around your area on both weeknights and weekends. Visit our class locations page for more details.

Can we try it out first before we decide?

Most people want to try things first to see if they like it, so we are offering a beginners introductory trial membership which lasts for 4 months from the date of the first class. This gives people a proper introduction into this fantastic art and ensures that all students can achieve at least a basic level of self-defence and improved fitness.

How much is it to join?

As we are a family club, we often have a family discount on the registration. Please contact us using the contact form for current details.

How much is it to train?

Training fees are £6.50 per class. This reduces to £5.50 per person if two people from the same household train together and £4.50 per person if three people train together.

OK, how do we get started?

It’s easy, just contact us using the contact form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to organise everything for you.

It is better to have tried and failed than to not have tried at all Unknown

GKR Contact

Get in touch let's have a chat we can help you start your karate journey.

Sensei Chris Brierly Regional Manager Hertfordshire

Phone: 07530 756 634 Email: cbrierley@gkrkarate.com Tweet: @GKRKarateHerts

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