Thistle Hill Academy Karate Club

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Thistle Hill Way, Minster

"A Professional Club run by Enthusiasts”

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The Club

The Thistle Hill Karate Club’s is the 5th club to come on stream from the Sheppey Karate Clubs Group.  The club opened in January 2016 has on average over 27 plus members and bases itself as an after-school-activity for the children of the Thistle Hill Academy, Aspen Drive, Minster–on-Sea, Sheerness Kent ME12 3UD.

The club’s chief instructor is Arthur Wallace 7th Dan, a very experienced instructor.  Sensei Wallace was responsible for introducing karate to the Island and opened his first Dojo in May 1974.  He was awarded his 7th Dan in December 2014 by the Kent Shotokan Karate Clubs grading panel. He is also a 1st Dan black belt in Judo (AJA), and adept with Kobudo (weaponry) I.e. Sai (short swords) and Rokushu-bo (6 ft staff).

It has four sister After-School clubs i.e. St Clements, in Warden Bay, St Georges, in Minster Village, Rose Street, in Sheerness and the Sheppey Karate Club (Head Dojo) based at the Sheppey Leisure Centre.  The clubs have produced over 136 black belt students, some of which are now 5th Dan Instructors. Sensei is assisted by his wife Frances 5th Dan, Stephanie Cornford 3rd Dan and several other black belt assistant instructors, all of whom are registered with the Kent Shotokan Karate Clubs.  The Sheppey club’s primary objective is to produce good quality Black Belts, by balancing the training needs of the student by using both traditional and modern methods of teaching.

General information

ORGANIZATION: The Thistle Hill School Karate Club practices the style of karate known as Shotokan. They are a member of the Kent Shotokan Karate Clubs and affiliated to the Sport England Council.

There is a quarterly subscription which is paid in advance.  The classes are held every Monday at 3.10pm to 4.10pm at the school, in the activity hall.  As novice students they have membership of the main Dojos at the Leisure Centre in Sheerness and can train, free-of-charge on the Mondays & Thursdays evenings; in addition to the regular Monday slot.  See Sheppey’s Activity Calendar for the group’s activities.

CONTACT POINT: Secretary - Mrs. Frances Wallace, 12 Fleetwood Close, Minster, Sheerness Kent, ME 12 3LN the telephone number is 01795-876567. E-Mail Address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit our website: finally, we hope you have an enjoyable time at the club and that you child will benefit from the practice of Karate


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Sheppey Karate Clubs Events

SKC’s Calendar of Events

  • Mon 20th Nov  Black Belt Development Course
  • Mon 27th Nov Clubs Autumn Tournament
  • Thur 7th Dec Merit Badge Awards
  • Mon 18th Dec Student of the Year Awards (last class 2017)
  • Thur 21st Dec Schools & Sheerness Dojo Closed
  • Thur 4th Jan Sheerness Dojo Open (2018)
  • Mon 15th Jan Enrolment Week

  • Thurs 18th Jan Clubs Grading 2018
  • Mon 12th Feb Schools Shut half-term
  • Mon 19th Feb General Kata Course
  • Mon 5th Mar Clubs Winter Tournament
  • Thur 29th Mar    Sheerness Dojo Closed (before Good Friday)
  • Thur 22nd Mar Merit Badge Awards
  • Mon 2nd April     Easter Monday Sheerness Dojo Closed
  • Mon 2nd April     School Clubs Closed for Easter Holidays
  • Mon 15th April    Clubs Enrolment Week

  • Thur 19th April Clubs Grading 2018
  • Mon 7th May Spring Bank Holiday Sheerness Dojo Closed
  • Mon 21st May    General Kata Course
  • Mon 11th June Clubs Spring Tournament
  • Thur  28th June Merit Badge Awards
  • Mon 9th July Enrolment Week

  • Thur 12th July Clubs Grading 2018
  • Mon 10th Sept   General Kata Course
  • Moon 17th Sept  Merit Badge Awards
  • Mon 24th Sept   Clubs Autumn Tournament
  • Mon 8th Oct Enrolment Week

  • Thur  11th Oct   Clubs Grading 2018
  • Mon 5th Nov General Kata Course
  • Mon 19th Nov    Clubs Autumn Tournament
  • Mon 3rd Dec Merit Badge Awards
  • Mon 17th Dec Student of the Year Awards (last class 2018
  • Thur 3rd Jan Sheerness Dojo Open (First Class 2018)
  • Mon 7th Jan School Dojo's Open 2018
  • Mon 6th Jan Enrolment Week
  • Thur 9th Jan Clubs Grading 2019
  • Mon 4th Feb General Kata Course