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 are run in Braunton, Ilfracombe, West Down, Chivenor, Our Lady’s school, Ashleigh school and Pilton Academy.  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

Christmas holiday dates

The last training session before the Christmas break will be on Tuesday 12th December 2017. Training will start back in all clubs from Tuesday 9th January 2018.


No training during these dates

Please note there will be no training from Tuesday 26th September to Thursday 5th October.  All classes resume as normal on Friday 6th October.


Training Starts Back

Last training session at Kingsacre on Friday 18th August. Start back on Sunday 3rd September at Kingsacre.