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Jacksons Lane Shotokan Karate Club

Club name: Jacksons Lane Shotokan Karate Club

MAR member since 01/03/2009.

Jacksons Lane Shotokan Karate Club specialises in the following arts and styles:

Karate (Shotokan)

Web address:

Club contact details:

School Gym, Recreation Centre
Hazel Grove High School, Jacksons Lane
Hazel Grove

Contact name: John Robins
Contact email:

Training schedule

  • Tuesday 6pm~7pm
  • Thursday 6pm~7:30pm

Members may attend Thur(1), Thur(2) -or both for no extra charge! This flexible approach is appreciated by many. Younger members can finish at 7pm, those working late may start then.

  • Saturday (1) Juniors only session (3pm~4pm)
  • Saturday (2) FREE Kata session (4pm~4.45)-open to all who trained in the week.

The club is situated at the Recreation Centre on Stockport’s Hazel Grove High School Jacksons Lane site.

You may be amazed to learn that Jacksons Lane Shotokan Karate Club is a not-for-profit concern!!   Sensei Steve Palmer (6th Dan), Sensei John Robins (5th Dan) and Sensei Boothby (3rd Dan) have 50+ years martial arts experience between them and have operated the club for over 12 years.

You do not have to sign a contract, set up a direct debit mandate or buy a uniform or anything else from the club.   You pay for lessons on the day, so if you miss a lesson for any reason, you don’t end up paying for it.

The lesson fees go to insuring the instructors, paying the rent and covering incidental running costs. None of the income is taken as salary, so why do Steve and John do it?  -The answer is extremely simple: Sensei Palmer and Sensei Robins -and all the other Dan-grade instructors- share a deep enthusiasm for traditional Shotokan karate. They want to run a club focussed on excellence which serves to maintain the traditional standards of this martial art. Their ethical approach makes for attractive, realistic lesson fees and that probably explains why the club has such a strong family appeal and why so many parents train with their children.

There are no hidden charges. There are moderate extra costs but they do not generate income for the club.  Membership of the club is free, but to continue after the first month, you need a licence and as you make progress, you will want to be graded: your completed application form and licence fee is passed on to the body which administers licensing and grading for our association.

A Grading is a practical test of karate skills which happen every few months but students are never pressured into grading before they feel ready. The grading fee is paid on the day, directly to the body which administers grading for our association. Successful students get to wear a new belt but it is entirely up to them where they buy it: the club does not sell merchandise.


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