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Community karate takes Kidbrooke by storm!

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

Dean Carter first started karate lessons at the age of 5 and has now been teaching this popular martial art for almost ten years. Now in his late 20's, he manages to hold down a full-time job in retail, whilst squeezing in KTS sessions at Kidbrooke Community Hub twice a week.

“Karate takes up huge amounts of my time,“ says Dean, “but I don’t mind. Teaching martial arts is a real privilege. Karate is brilliant for both your physical and mental health, and you also learn so much about yourself and others. It’s all about control, respect, concentration and discipline. It’s not the sort of sport or hobby you get bored of. There’s always something new to stretch you both physically and mentally.”

Dean’s karate sessions at KChub have been growing in popularity since he started there just a few weeks ago.

“We looked at the hall last December, before the hub had even opened, so we were first through the door! Gary from GCDA was fantastic. When we first started, it was tricky to get new people interested, but GCDA got KTS on the KChub website and social media, and Gary’s even been out leafleting in Pegler Square. We had 13 people at the the last session and we’re growing all the time. Our classes are unusual in that we run them for everyone from aged 5 upwards. That means if you’re a parent, you can come and learn karate alongside your kids if you want to. At the other end of the spectrum, Dee is 70 years old. He’s a karate teacher and volunteers with us as well. Our focus is on the community and making karate affordable for all.”

KTS karate costs £30 for the month. For that fee you can take part in as many sessions as you want – and with classes in New Eltham and Sydenham as well, there are plenty of training opportunities on offer.

“We’ll soon be starting a new more advanced class in Sydenham,” says Dean. “At the moment we’re a fairly small enterprise, and we don’t pay ourselves a wage. Perhaps one day we might grow the business, but at the moment we just want to open up opportunities for everyone to enjoy karate. It’s great to be able to give something back.”

For further information please call 07380840368 and take a look at Dean's website at

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