Kodokai Karate club www.skkifwatford.co uk

Kodokai 'Shotokan' Karate club is an active club run by Renshi Kevin Leigh 6th dan. Kodokai has a large membership and is one of the biggest in Hertfordshire, organising and hosting many international courses for all abilities.

Call today - 07733361045. Kodokai Karate club is a part SKKIF which belongs to the world’s largest Shotokan Karate organisation ‘Shotokan Karate International Federation’ (SKIF), with over 2½ million members in over 100 countries. As a non-profit making organisation, SKKIF ensures the money you pay for SKKIF courses, gradings and membership goes back into the association to benefit all members. Wh

Operating as usual

International Gashuku Sept 2021 05/11/2021

International Gashuku Sept 2021

Summer Gashuku 2021


International Gashuku Sept 2021


Yudansha Thursday 12th August at Leavesden Country Park Horseshoe Lane. Watford
Open air training with Renshi Kevin Leigh 7.15 for 7.30 start
As no overheads this class is only £5.00 per head so please support Renshi



SKIEF (Europe)
European Championships are re-scheduled for 2022 Detail when available


The photos from the recent Gashuku are now available to view from the link below!



LBD Live Session with Sensei Vit Stencel of SKIF Czech Republic 30.05.2020

LBD Live Session with Sensei Vit Stencel, Chief Instructor of Kodokai Brno, in Czech Republic. Streamed live from Brno on the 30.05.2020, during the COVID-19...


Training through August at Leavesden country park



If you want to train on-line via Zoom with Kanazawa Kancho and you are an SKKIF. UK. Student please talk to your club Sensei who has the information


1 year ago today!

We hope everyone is keeping safe and fit and look forward to being back in the dojo as soon as possible.

Very proud Of the Kodokai team today, well done everyone!

shotokantimes.com 30/04/2020

Loyalty to Your Dojo during Covid-19 - The Shotokan Times

We hope everyone is keeping well and look forward to welcoming everyone back into the dojo as soon as possible.

shotokantimes.com Loyalty to your dojo is highly required during the global Corona crises. Many dojos already face financial challenges due to the lockdown. Stay loyal.


All pictures from the recent winter Gashuku are now on our website. To see the photos click the link below


skkifwatford.co.uk 06/04/2020

Shinji Tanaka Kodokai - 2019

Photos from the course with Shinji Tanaka in November below:




Gashuku has started and kodokai have enjoyed a few games to get them in the mood.


Confirmed for 3rd-6th July 2020. Renshi Leigh and Kodokai Watford course at Kodokai Brno Czech Republic


New Years resolution to get fitter?

Thought about trying karate?
Just a few reasons why karate is for everyone!

Training times:
Tuesdays: 7:45-9:15
Thursdays: 8-9:30

@ Francis Combe academy Watford

Call Renshi K Leigh to join 07733 361045


Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all those who have trained with us this year! Thanks everyone for a great year, see you all in 2020.

Here’s a few highlights from 2019.




Such a sad loss to us all.. Kanazawa Soke


Kodokai Karate club www.skkifwatford.co uk



Group photo from the Windsor Course, seated Centre Shinji Tanaka 7th Dan SKIF & Roger Carpenter 8th Dan SKIF
Congratulations to the 10 students who successfully passed their Dan grades. Also thank you to Clive Young Sensei and his able assistants on both the Saturday Yudansha session and the Open Sunday Course .


Well done to our 5 students who have all passed headings today!l. Very proud of all of you.

Tom Durn and Simon Middleton - 3rd Dan
Monique Page - 2nd Dan
Adelina Judicka and Rachel Brunt - 1st Dan


Great course with Sensei Tanaka this evening in Watford.



Thank you to Renshi Tony and Kevin for making the trip to Cornwall for a session in the new Dojo in Lifton (West Devon). 4 miles from the Devon/Cornwall but boarders where the Tamar cuts the two West Country counties apart, folk law says that the Tamar prevented the Devil from entering Cornwall and it also kept the invading Romans from this remote county.

We had a great meal on the Friday evening before the course with Tony, Kevin, Anna and Ernie Vick plus Kyoshi at the Eagle House Hotel.

Kyoshi took a back seat at the course and Renshi Kevin and Tony conducted the 2.5 hours course with both SKIF basics and some interesting Happo Kumite.


Gashuku pictures are now up. Please see the link below to view all the fun from the weekend.



The Martial Way

Basic etiquette in martial arts


Well done to the ladies who attended the WUKF open today, came away with 1 medal and some very high scoring kata.

Lots of positives to take away, on to the next.


Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa 8th Dan SKIF demonstration of Gankaku-Sho

Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa 8th Dan SKIF demonstration of Gankaku-Sho at the 13th SKIF World Championships in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic.


First training for the squad in czech!



Worth a watch

Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa enseña UNSU!!!
Video 1



Confirmed for 2020. 25th to 31st May Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa

Our Story

Kodokai Karate club is a part of SKKIF which belongs to the world’s largest Shotokan Karate organisation ‘Shotokan Karate International Federation’ (SKIF), with over 2½ million members in over 100 countries.

As a non-profit making organisation, SKKIF ensures the money you pay for SKKIF courses, gradings and membership goes back into the association to benefit all members.

What you learn:
Dedicated to following the teachings of Sensei Kanazawa, Kodokai offers a comprehensive training syllabus for this traditional style in both set and free-style fighting. Apart from getting a thorough grounding in self defence, training with SKKIF improves and maintains fitness, flexibility, speed, strength, self-awareness and discipline. We follow a well thought-out teaching structure that results in high technical standards and the ability to utilise techniques in real fight situations. It aims to bring out the best in Karate of all ages and abilities.

Assured standard:
All gradings are judged by trained senior instructors, with opportunities to grade with Sensei Kanazawa himself twice a year. All SKKIF black belts are officially registered in Japan. Regular specialised training for club instructors and a SKKIF Technical Committee ensures uniformly high standards are maintained.

SKKIF has a national competition every two years, with regular European and World SKIF Championship opportunities. Sensei Leigh captained the SKKIF squad that participated in the World Championships in Athens July 2009.

UK coverage:
SKKIF has affiliated dojos throughout the United Kingdom, from the south of England in Cornwall, to the north-east coast of Scotland in Peterhead. A full list of clubs can be found on the main SKKIF website www.skkif.co.uk.

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Sensei Kevin Leigh and Sensei Paul Perry 1997




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