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

Congratulations to our latest Dan Grades

Congratulations to the following students who successfully achieved their 1st Dan black belts on Sunday 27th October 2019. Juniors:  Mazy Higgs; Joseph Nicholson;  Summer Silver; Leon Silver-Blake; Dacre Stevenson and Taylor Stevenson. Seniors: Gary Curtis; Frazer Hayes; Mia Hayes; Shannon Hayes and Richard Stevenson. Congratulations also to Aaron Blake and Bex Oscroft who successfully achieved […]


E.K.O. National Championships March 2019

Congratulations to all the students who entered the National Championships in Birmingham on Saturday 2nd March 2019. The following students were successful in their events: Under 8 Kata – any grade  –  Mazy Higgs   –  3rd place Male senior Kata – any grade – Aaron Blake  – 2nd place Senior team Kata – Shannon Hayes; […]


Christmas Holiday training dates and Grading dates for 2019

Last training session before Christmas break will be Tuesday 18th December. Start back on Tuesday 8th January 2019. Grading dates have been set for 2019 as follows: Sunday 27th January; Sunday 28th April; Sunday 28th July and Sunday 27th October. New grading fees for 2019 will be £15.00 (Dan gradings will also take place on […]