Welcome to Zanshin Karate Academy's website. We are a practical martial arts school teaching traditional shotokan techniques and applying them in a modern practical way. We cover Dunstable and the surrounding ares. All our instructors are DBS checked, fully insured and first aid trained.
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Sensei Brian Bates 5th dan has been involved in martial arts since the age of nine. Starting shotokan karate with a local karate club affiliated to the SKI. Brian had a brief time out during his teenage years and resumed training with Bukonkai Karate International at the age of nineteen.
During his time with BKI Brian entered many regional and national tournaments often being placed in the top three for kata and kumite.
Apart from karate Brian practices Aikijujutsu and gained his 2nd dan in January 2018. Brian also attends many open karate seminars with some of the countries top instructors.
In 2015 Brian decided to form Zanshin Karate Academy as he felt his own studies had started to lean more towards the understanding and practical application of kata. Karate has become a deep rooted part of Brian's life and Brian is passionate about passing on the rewards of karate training.