Somerset Ryu aims to deliver fun, high quality Shotokan Karate classes to people of all ages and abilities in West Somerset.
The club was founded in the quiet village of Milverton in October 2013, and is now based in a bespoke full-time dojo in Tonedale, Wellington with multiple classes on offer throughout the week. Our logo is based on the dragon as depicted on the flag of Somerset (pictured right); the word Ryu in our name is taken from the Japanese word for dragon (竜).
Our instructors have decades of Martial Arts experience under their belts. You can read more about them below.
Karate is an incredibly rewarding activity, with heavy emphasis on positive mental health and wellbeing, discipline, self defence and all-round fitness. There is huge potential for personal growth and achievement as our students work through their grades. We actively encourage participation in tournaments across the length and breadth of the UK for those who are interested.
Our club is affiliated to JKS England, and the Worldwide Headquarters of the Japan Karate Shoto Federation in Tokyo. This also provides membership with the English Karate Federation, the National Governing Body for UK Karate, and the World Karate Federation (WKF).
All SRK club instructors hold an Enhanced DBS Check. A copy of our Child Protection Policy is available to members on request.
SRK Club Instructors
4th Dan JKS
The owner and founder of Somerset Ryu; Peter has been practicing Shotokan Karate for over 20 years, and teaches full-time from SRK's unique permanent dojo in Wellington. Since 2013, the club has produced more than 30 black belts, and he has personally coached many students to competition success at both National and International level. In November 2021 Peter successfully graded to 4th Dan with the renowned Japan Karate Shoto Federation (JKS). He is always looking to the future and prides himself on the high standards set in class, with the aim to unlock each and every individual's maximum potential.
3rd Dan JKS
Thea started her karate journey in 2011 (aged 10) as a student of Peter Sensei. It was soon after passing her black belt that she started to achieve remarkable success in competition, making the Karate Union of Great Britain England Squad in 2015 and earning selection to compete at the World and European Championships only a year later. Since then she has amassed an impressive collection of Regional, National and International medals and titles. Thea hopes to continue her competitive career in the JKS, and inspire others for many years to come as a proud member of Somerset Ryu Karate.
Tony's history in martial arts spans over forty years, beginning with Judo aged 8 before moving to Kyokushin karate at the age of 10. In his thirties, he studied this style for 6 years while living in Japan, before life forced him to take a break. In 2010, his daughter's desire to learn karate led him to join a local Shotokan club under the tutelage and guidance of Peter Sensei. He remains a student but also devoted to supporting others in their practice of this beautiful art.