About Us

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 full-time venue 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; and the word Ryu in our name actually comes from the Japanese word for dragon (竜).

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, and even have students selected to represent England.

Our Chief Instructor, Sensei Peter Milne 3rd Dan, has been involved in karate for over 20 years and teaches as a full-time occupation. He prides himself on the high standard across the club, and always aims to push each and every student to unlock their maximum potential.

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).