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

  • Thur  11th Oct Clubs Grading 2018
  • Mon 22nd Oct Schools Shut for Week
  • 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 14th Jan Enrolment Week
  • Thur 17th Jan Clubs Grading 2019
  • Mon 4th Feb General Kata Course
  • Mon 18th Feb SKC & School Dojo’s Shut No Classes
  • Mon 25th Feb  Clubs Tournament
  • Thur 21st Mar Merit Badge Awards
  • Mon 1st April Enrolment Week
  • Thur 4th April Club grading 2019
  • Mon 8th April Easter Holidays Schools Shut
  • Mon 22nd April Easter Monday No classes
  • Mon 29th April General Kata Course
  • Mon 6th May Bank Holiday Monday (No Classes)
  • Mon 13th May Clubs Tournament
  • Thur 23rd May Merit Badge Awards
  • Mon 27th May Bank Holidays.  All Dojo's closed
  • Mon 23rd June Enrolment week
  • Thur 27th Jun Clubs Grading 2019
  • Mon 7th July General Kata Course
  • Mon 21st July Clubs Tournament
  • Thur 15th Aug Merit Badge Awards