Duncan Lowery, 1st Dan

I joined the Mirai Dojo in 2015, returning to karate after a break of over 20 years, having previously trained to 1st Kyu in Wado Ryu. I had been looking for a club that had a traditional focus, an esteemed teaching legacy and high standards. When I found Mirai I immediately saw they had all three. In addition, the club is welcoming, highly inclusive of all types and abilities and has access to excellent expertise. Instruction at the club is very thorough but also tailored to your needs as you progress through your karate journey. We are not an "only one way" type of club and take inspiration and learning from other styles and disciplines.  

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the club is the wide range of ages, backgrounds and abilities. It's not all about big strong chaps smashing the pads (or each other). It's a lot more nuanced, focussing on technique and movement in order to enable anyone to be effective.  It's been a pleasure to witness the progression of students in the time I've been involved from seeing them taking those first hesitant steps through the door to the wide smiles as they pass each milestone. I'd recommend the club to anyone and hopefully, like me, you'll find that karate not only provides physical health but also mental resilience and lessons that you can take into other parts of your life