Karate1st

Build self-confidence, learn a martial art and develop your skills. Join Oldham's longest established karate club. Black Belt 7th Dan professional instructor
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Karate1st
Oldham Leisure Centre, 1 Middleton Road,
Oldham
Greater Manchester
OL9 6AF
United Kingdom
Mobile: 07886 585 466

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Opening hours
Tuesday
19:00 - 20:30
Friday
19:00 - 20:30
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Pennine Shotokan Karate was set up by Sensei Fred Jones on 3rd January 1983,
at what was then  the Oldham Olympic Gymnast Club on Barry Street, Derker, Oldham.

We trained there for about one and a half years before moving to Greenacres Community Centre where we stayed for around seven years, 
Then moving into the Oldham Sports Centre, on Lords Street, until the new Leisure centre was built.

We have continued to be the #1 Martial Arts club in the borough since the 1980's

We have trained those students who have continued to a degree level of 4th Dan and students who have competed 
and won in world championship events.

What one of our passed members had to say about us on Facebook:
I trained with sensei Fred Jones over twenty years ago before moving down south to Dorset. Sensei Fred Jones used to travel over 200 miles to put on courses 
at the club I started to train at. All the students begged sensei Fred to move to Dorset to take over the club. The association is first class as well as expert tuition. 
The only down fall is I can’t give a ten star review as it’s worth more than 5 stars, 
thank you so much Sensei Fred Jones (Martin Dawes)

Karate1st

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Excellent tuition
21st May 2018
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Thank you Fred: you were and are an extraordinary teacher and person, an example to be followed and to learn from it. My personal experience as your karate pupil was unforgettable and helped me building my personality. You gave me strength and knowledges. I absolutely recommend your local services (martial arts in Oldham) and I wish you good luck and encourage you to go on and never stop, for all of us -old and future pupils-.

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I trained with Sensei Fred Jones for many years and recommend him as among the very best teachers of traditional Shotokan Karate.

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I have studied Karate at this club and with a first class instructor for nearly 5 years and enjoyed every minute. I have met a lot of new friends in that time and would definitely recommend the club to anyone wanting to study Karate

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It's many years ago since I and my two young sons attended the Karate classes. How time flys it's thirty years ago and what I was taught is still with me. The respect that I give to others, the determination to succeed in whatever I do. I can see it in my sons one who is now forty and ran in the London marathon coming 76th out of over 17000 people. There is more to karate than what you first think. I would reccomend Fred's classes superb teaching.

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Friendly and welcoming, quality teaching for all levels, highly recommend

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Absolutely fantastic club friendly atmosphere helped my daughter with her confidence ,and mental and physical abilities.

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Ive trained with Sensei Jones for many years and the club is brilliant! Its hard work, but fun and rewarding. I have learnt so much and improved my fitness, stamina and flexibility. Its a perfect way to work out and learn a traditional martial art.

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Sensei Fred Jones has taught Karate for many years in Oldham, his club has a very friendly atmosphere where all age groups mix well. His patience & expertise are endless. Many families have trained at this club & its not unusual to see three generations taught by Fred, proving that age is no barrier. I have no hesitation in recommending this club.

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World class karate, world class instructor, Fred is a very devoted teacher of his fine art, you would not be disappointed if you joined his classes.

Just give it a try for yourself.

Keep it up Freddy.

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I studied for over 10yr with Fred, he was a great teacher and still is, so much so I am hoping to take my son there when he is old enough and who knows If the body is as willing as the mind I might start to train again

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Great karate club, got my black belt years ago and now my son goes, it's still going strong. Great way to keep fit and healthy.

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Sensei Fred Jones has so much knowledge
And his ability to demonstrate is second to none
Thank you for being my Sensei

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I have known Sensei Fred Jones for over 30 years. Not only as my Sensei but also a close friend. I cannot think of anyone better to teach Karate, he is professional and always gives 100% to everyone he teaches. If anyone is thinking of learning a Martial Art then Fred is definitely the person to see. He works well with all ages and brings the best out of people. Not only is this good for fitness it?s also an excellent stress release. All Martial Arts are good for children and teach good discipline and self control.

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I have studied in many martial arts classes from karate to kick-boxing and Taekwondo, and I would have to say that you will not find many better technical exponents of the arts than Sensei Jones.
Whether you wish to learn technical aspects, keep fit, fighting technique or skills, this club will be of benefit if you are a beginner, or an advanced practitioner. It is very well priced, and exceptionally reliable - you will never find classes cancelled. The grading system is transparent & fair...you will not be given a grade up for just turning up, it must be earned, yet is always appropriate to your current level of experience & skill. I very highly recommend this club!

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Sensei Jones has mentored and developed young martial artists for decades. A mentor and leader that has taught individuals to be courageous, honest and kind. His teachings have assisted me throughout adulthood and I still reflect on what I was taught. Great class, great mentor and great for the new generations. Oosh

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I have been a part of karate1st for 8 years. I love training here, started as a white belt in 2010 becoming a 1st Dan black belt in 2015. Theres a real family feeling to the club, Sensei Fred Jones is a dedicated and very knowledgeable instuctor. I would recommend the club to anyone who wants to train in Shotokan karate.
9th May 2018
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Sensei Fred Jones is a first class instructor with a vast amount of knowledge and experience in Shotokan karate, and has been teaching in Oldham since the early 80?s.
Many people have gained black belt and achieved great success in national and regional championships, very highly recommended.

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I can definitely recommend this club to adults and children alike. It's really family oriented, 3rd generations are training there now and sensei Fred Jones makes everyone feel welcome.

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The instructors run a great club with a huge amount of dedication to teaching at all levels.
9th May 2018


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