Reviews by Members

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 17 ratings)

A great club

I have been training with Kodokan for many years now and can honestly say that of all the groups I have trained with they are the best. The instructors are knowledgable and will always drive you to do your best and achieve better results. The work is hard but always worth it.


Don’t go anywhere else!

I have been training with Kodokan for over 18 months and have learned so much.I started as a complete novice and was made to feel part of the family from day 1, Sensei is a great teacher and a fantastic martial artist.If your thinking of joining don’t keep putting it off…Just do it!

Andy Lee

Kodokan Martial Arts

I’ve been training nearly 4 years now under Sensei and it’s been the best thing I’ve done. Just wish I’d started earlier! It’s a great group and Sensei’s knowledge and teaching abilities are second to none. A traditional school, Sensei emphasises the importance of etiquette and Japanese culture in the lessons and I’m also picking up some of the language! Go on… you wont regret it!!

J Ballie

Matayoshi Kobudo/Kodokan Martial Arts

As a practising martial artist and instructor I am very particular about whom I train with. First and foremost the quality of instruction and knowledge of the subject is paramount. Bateman Sensei fulfills both these criteria and then some!If you are wanting to start your journey in the martial arts or are already a practitioner you will not find better instruction, anywhere. Come and see for yourself you will not be disappointed.


Kodokan Martial Arts

My daughter has been training with Sensei Fred for 7 years. Not only are you taught karate but also all about the way and history of karate. She is also learning Kobudo now as well. Won’t go any where else. If you want to learn karate then this is the school to use.


Kodokan Martial Arts – A Family School

When I moved to Darlington back in 2002, I went round all the Karate Clubs in Darlington to find one that taught traditional martial arts with all the associated drills. After a couple of training sessions with Sensei Bateman I knew I had found the right club. Most of our children have attended the club for varying durations. Now our youngest is progressing in the junior class. If you are serious looking for a family school this is the one for you!

Jayson G

Kodokan Martial Arts for Karate and Kobudo

I originally signed up my sons as it was local to me, but later joined myself as I have always had an interest. I have found the instructors knowledgeable, personable, and patient. consequently my family have been training with Kodokan for the last six years. I would recommend this family run club to anyone.

J. Legg

Anshin Ryu

A family run school that offers a high standard of training in traditional martial arts. Anshin Ryu karate offers the student the opportunity to study a very traditional karate system in greater depth than is normally available in most karate schools. The style draws on older Okinawa systems, providing a depth and authenticity to the practice. Having been a student at this school for around 10 years, I’m still constantly learning more about this fascinating school of karate. It is not just the range of techniques, kata and supplementary training taught in this system but the depth to which the training goes, offering many levels of understanding of even basic techniques. I fully recommend this style of karate to any karateka seeking a true path in the martial arts.

G. Hayley

Great Club

Kodokan Martial Arts is a great club for people of all ages and abilities. There is a strong adherence to tradition and etiquette, giving students a more authentic experience of the Martial Arts, in a fun and friendly atmosphere.



I would highly recommend this club. My 7 year old has been going for 18 months now, he really enjoys each session and is working his way up through the belts. The sessions provide just the right balance between fun, learning, and discipline which the kids really respond to. Some parents stay and watch, others (like me) use the valuable hour to get some jobs done – knowing the kids are safe and being well looked after by Fred and the other instructors. A great club at a very reasonable price.


Kids Karate

My daughter has been attending the classes on Saturday morning and Monday night for a couple of years now. The classes are fun, improve fitness and flexibility whilst developing martial art skills.
Highly recommended !


Very enjoyable experience in a great atmosphere

5 star martial arts club first class instructors in traditional Japanese martial arts


Traditional martial arts

Traditional karate style, strict with lots of theory and etiquette teaching as well as the physical moves. Teaches several styles which can include anshin ryu, kamashin and Kobudo. Classes are available on 3 different days each week which means you can vary your practise based around your needs and budget. Staff are experienced and knowledgeable with first hand experience of training in Japan and competing in their art.


Excellent Martial Arts school

My daughter has trained in Karate to 1st Dan and is also training in Kobudo with Sensei Bateman. I was so impressed with the teachings of Sensei Bateman that I also joined training in Kobudo. Not only do you learn the practical side but also the traditional too. My only regret is that I didn’t join earlier. By far the best school of Karate and Kobudo around.


More than Karate.

Firm friendly instructors. Great with bringing on children. Not just at Karate but in character, tenacity and much more.
Good back up service with website to get more information and he will answer his emails promptly.



Our son is on the Autistic spectrum and has dyspraxia,we wanted to chose a club that could teach him to defend himself because he is a vulnerable member of society. This club is wonderful it has not only taught him the skills he needs but also has helped his coordination and confidence. Sensei Fred and Chris are fantastic teachers and extremely knowledgable. I am so pleased we chose this club. I would highly recommend!

S Freeman

Great Karate School

My son has been doing karate her for over 2 years and he loves it! He loves training and has made some great friends. Would recommend this school to anyone.


Authentic. Supportive. Traditional.

We are new to martial arts so didn’t know what to expect and were dubious of some clubs mixing martial arts because would rather pay for achievements that are widely recognised. We have boys of several ages who go and admit it can be hard work but the traditional values and respect pays off and they are now achieving different grades so is worth it as an investment for the fees (which are great value anyway without expensive outfits). Would recommend this school to anybody, it really helps your kids confidence grow in their decisions and pays off for physical fitness.

Elsie J

It’s GREAT!!!!!

This is the best place I’ve been in my life


Alfie Wilson