Mike Leverton has been practising Karate since 1972.  He was first graded in 1973.  Mike trained in one of the local Barnstaple clubs with his first instructor being Gibson Towns, who at the time was the highest grade in North Devon.  This incidentally was a purple belt.

At this time the people from Barnstaple had to travel to Exeter for their gradings.  After spending 10 years in the Shotokan style he decided to broaden his knowledge and changed to Shoto Ryu.  He trained at Ilfracombe with Sensei Mike Culley.  In 1988 Mike decided after great lengths of discussion with his Sensei to start his own club.  Braunton Karate Club was born.

Mike has now become one of the country's most respected teachers of Karate and has established a number of clubs in North Devon.  Sensei Leverton is a black belt seventh dan.  He now runs the Mike Leverton Karate Clubs with classes for adults and juniors.  Clubs now run in Braunton and Chivenor.  For details of these clubs and locations please see the Karate Classes page of this website.

Mike is also the South West Region's Chief Instructor for the English Karate Organisation.

Latest News from the Dojo

1st Dan success

Congratulations to the following students who successfully achieved their black belt 1st Dan on 28.10.18 Chloe MacPherson; Theo Bell; Tom Clark; Eden Nasser; Taylor Dawson; Rex Argent and Adam McCarthy.


Junior Competition 1st July 2018

Congratulations to all students who took part in the Junior Kata and Kumite Competition today. Results: Kata Under 6:  1st: Riley Farrell 2nd: Skye Davies 3rd: Charlie Isaac Under 8: 1st: Mazy Higgs 2nd: Dylan Thomas Equal 3rd: Layla Hicks and George Moy Under 10: 1st: Summer Silver 2nd: Tom Kite Equal 3rd: Will Elford […]


Congratulations to our latest black belt 1st dans

Congratulations to the following students who recently passed their black belt 1st dan grading:   Juniors: Will Elford; Patrick Henderson; Oliver Hiscock; Reuben King; Ryan Lovell and Jesse Williams Seniors: Martin Hiscox (Newquay Club); Martyn Hunton; Dan Jeffery; Dave McCarthy; Bryan Walton; Kerry Walton; and Paul Wedlake