Welcome to the Northumberland Karate Academy (NKA) Main Dojo website

If you would like to learn Karate in a supportive environment with a qualified and experienced senior instructor, improve your fitness, gain confidence, learn new skills whether you wish to progress to very advanced techniques or are merely looking for a way to challenge your body and your mind, then the NKA will meet your needs. Past and present alumni have gone on to regional, national and international competitions while others have come for the fun of learning new things and keeping fit. Whatever your ambitions and age, the NKA is the club for you.


We look forward to seeing you at one of our many training sessions.


Sensei Ian Willis 6th Dan – NKA Chief Instructor.

“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight”  – The Art of War, by Sun Tzu - circa 500BC

Join our Karate Club

Why not try on of our shotokan Karate classes. There are many benefits from practicing Shotokan Karate and we hold classes for students as young as 5 years of age. Some of the benefits include:





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After 46 years of being affiliated to the KUGB Sensei Ian Wills has now decided that for further development of himself and all of his students it is time to follow a new direction. For this reason the club is now part of the Shotokan Nation! Sensei Ian is looking forward to an exciting new era of the Northumberland Karate Academy.

Sensei Ian



NEW  Junior / Beginners class added 5-6pm on a Tuesday at Ponteland Leisure Centre starting 19th October 2021.


In addition to this new class the Saturday Junior / Beginners class will be extended by 30 minutes and will now run 11.00 - 12.30

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NKA first Grading under the Shotokan Nation

On 26th September the club had its first gradings under the guidance of the Shotokan Nation. Sensei Ian said that it was great to see so many new students grading for the first time and all achieved excellent results. We saw 2 students double grade straight to 8th Kyu and were privileged to have the first new Shodans of the whole Shotakan Nation when 2 of our students passed their Shodan Black Belt.

Below are some pics form the training and grading!

Club Contact details

Sensei Ian: 0771090643




19th December 2021

Ponteland Leisure Centre

Black & Brown Belt Training


Pregrading lesson 12-13.20

Grading 13.30 onwards

Training £10

Training & Grading £20

Recent Dan Grading results.

Sensei Ian is seen here presenting Dan Grading certificates to

Liz Lisle 5th Dan

Rachael Allinson 3rd Dan

Declan Armstrong 2nd Dan (not pictured)

Dawn Allen 1st Dan

Noha Elkaraksy 1st Dan

Hana Ali 1st Dan

Sophie Fraser 1st Dan

Jaxon Gillard 1st Dan

Many congratulations from Sensei Ian and all at NKA Oss!

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