Aaisatsu Club History.

Dan Grade List




The Aaisatsu Karate Club was founded in 1970 by Sensei James Smith. 

Sensei Smith began his karate training under Enoeda Sensei, of the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) which was formed in 1966, which was the first Shotokan Karate Association in Britain, and remains the largest single style Karate association.  Further details can be found here KUGB.

The late Sensei Enoeda 9th Dan (left) with the late Aaisatsu Karate Club Founder Sensei Jim Smith (5th Dan).

Sensei Smith achieved the rank of 1st Dan (1st Black belt) in 1970, and founded the Aaisatsu Karate Club in his home city of Chester.  As one of the earliest Karate clubs in Britain, the club grew in numbers, and strength, during the early 70ís, becoming recognised as one of the most formidable clubs in the UK with numerous competition successes.  Both his daughters began training at the club and gained their black belts in 1974/5.

The Aaisatsu Club Dan grades with Sensei Enoeda (back row 3rd from left) and Sensei Smith (back row 3rd from right).

Sensei Smithís untimely death in 2003 was of great sadness to everyone involved with the club.  His dedication to karate, and the high standards he imparted live on at the club through his former pupils who now teach karate at the club.  Senseiís Bill MacKenzie, Gary Blundell, and Andrew Brown who achieved Dan grades between 1978 and 1985 under the instruction of Sensei Smith, now teach at the club, and have seen many pupils through to 1st Dan and beyond.

The current club, Sensei Blundell (front row 1st on left), Sensei MacKenzie (2nd from right) and club members after training on Friday 21st November, 2008. Photo courtesy of R. Parkes.

If you would like the benefit of training with Chesterís highest graded instructors, the possibility of competing for the club, and becoming part of Aaisatsuís colourful history, then take a look at the training times and come along for an introductory training session with us.

 If you require any information feel free to come and see us or email: karatechester(at)yahoo.com

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      "You may train for a long, long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning karate is not very different from learning to dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of karate-do." - Ginchin Funakoshi

This page was last updated 17/05/2018 (by ~R)

Aaisatsu Karate Club. North Gate Arena, Chester.