Welcome to Wards Karate, a specialist training provider in Funakoshi's Karate (often called Shotokan). As well as Shotokan based Karate, we offer training in various forms of Okinawan based martial arts including weapons work, and Kata application work. This ensures the true spirit of diversification, adaptability and perseverance remain at the heart of the learning process.
Wards Karate is headed by chief instructor Sensei Simon Ward 4th Dan, who has over 20 years Karate experience in various styles/forms as well as training in other combat systems. Wards Karate teaches both the Downham Market Karate Club & Magdalen Karate Club.
What will I learn with Wards Karate?
Students will learn a mix of traditional Shotokan Karate comprising of Kihon (linear basics), Kata (patterns/formal exercise) and Kumite (everything from controlled sparring through to self-defence & true Kata bunkai/applications). Children & adults learn a tailored syllabus, with the children's focus being on technique and the personal development side of Karate. The adult syllabus is a Karate Jutsu system which puts more focus on the self-defence, personal development and understanding of the true meaning and origins of the Karate techniques being taught. There are options for both adults and children to compete in Karate competitions and learn weapons skills.
Read more about what we teach at Wards Karate.
Our weekly classes are based around West Norfolk, making them accessible from the Kings Lynn, Wisbech and Downham Market areas. Private lessons are available within a 40 mile radius of Kings Lynn.
6.30pm-7.30pm, ages 16 & under, all grades
7.30pm-9.30pm, ages 16 & under, brown belt & above
7.30pm-9.30pm, ages adult/14+, all grades 6.00pm-7.00pm, ages 16 & under, all grades
7.00pm-9.00pm, ages adult/14+, all grades
Downham Market Academy, Bexwell Road, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 9LL (
map) Magdalen Village Hall, Park Cresent, Magdalen, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 3BU (
How much does it cost? Children aged 7-13, £20 per calendar month (beginner to purple/white belt) Children aged 7-13, £25 per calendar month (brown to black belt) Adults aged 14+, £25 per calendar month (any grade)
There is a new student joining fee of £39 (payable on week 2) which includes a basic uniform. You can upgrade to a premium uniform for an additional £25. Beginners are welcome to simply turn up and have a FREE taster session. Safety kit will be required but not straight away, complete sets are from £60. All kit and uniform is able to be purchased through the club at discounted rates. All female students (age 11/12 upwards) are required to wear a chest guard during normal training, these are charged at £30-£40 depending on the students requirements. Adult male students are also advised to always wear a groin guard.
Please note that fees are payable by monthly standing order (due ont he 1st of each month), they are due whether you attend class or not, failure to attend for a paid month is your responsibility, training, joining & equipment fees are all non-refundable. Do I have to pay twice? If you mean do you need to pay one lot of monthly fees for Downham Karate Club and another for Magdalen Karate Club, then the answer is, no. You pay one monthly fee and can train at both clubs (subject to register space availability), think of it as buy one get one free.
Train as a family!
It is great to do things as a family and enjoy the same activities, our family plan offers a max of 2 adults and 3 children, or 4 adults the chance to join Downham Market Karate Club/Magdalen Karate Club for only £85 per month, regardless of grade, which could result in a saving of up to £35 per month.
Foreign Language Students & Learning the Lingo
All our classes are currently taught in English with a little bit of Japanese thrown in for fun. Don't worry if you don't speak fluent Japanese none of us do. You will pick little bits up as you go along, it isn't until nearly black belt that you would be expected to know what techniques you were being asked to do in Japanese. At present we have no translation/foreign language facility in our classes. So all students need to be suitably fluent in English (both written and spoken). We would like to make the classes more multi-lingual to help those not fluent in Englsh to train in Karate. If you are fluent (preferably native speaking) in Polish or another eastern european language please get in touch as we are happy to offer free training in exchange for assistance in translations during class times.
Getting in Touch
If you are interested in joining or have further questions please fell free to get in touch. Tel: 07841 031420 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org