The Aaisatsu Karate Club was founded in 1970 by Sensei James Smith

Sensei Smith began his karate training under Enoeda Sensei, of the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) which was formed in 1966, which was the first Shotokan Karate Association in Britain, and remains the largest single style Karate association.  Further details can be found here KUGB.

Sensei Smith achieved the rank of 1st Dan (1st Black belt) in 1970, and founded the Aaisatsu Karate Club in his home city of Chester.  As one of the earliest Karate clubs in Britain, the club grew in numbers, and strength, during the early 70’s, becoming recognised as one of the most formidable clubs in the UK with numerous competition successes.  Both his daughters began training at the club and gained their black belts in 1974/5.

Sensei Smith’s untimely death in 2003 was of great sadness to everyone involved with the club. His dedication to karate, and the high standards he imparted live on at the club through his former pupils. Sensei’s Bill MacKenzie and Gary Blundell who achieved Dan grades between 1978 and 1985 under the instruction of Sensei Smith, now teach at the club, and have seen many pupils through to 1st Dan and beyond.

Grading in Chester with Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda and Sensei Smith circa 1979 © Bernard Rose Photography

A photograph of a course in Chester with Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda circa 1979 © Bernard Rose Photography

Be a part of Aaisatsu’s club history

If you would like the benefit of training with Chester’s highest graded instructors, the possibility of competing for the club, and becoming part of Aaisatsu’s colourful history, then come along for an introductory training session with us. We train each week at North Gate Arena on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 18:30 and 19:30. Every adult and child over the age of seven is welcome at our friendly, inclusive club.

© Liam Dean 2019