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While Skylarks was not affected by Tier 2, 3 or 4 restrictions and continued to operate from the Crossway Centre in a Covid-compliant manner, we have unfortunately had to close from January 2021 due to the national lockdown in line with local primary schools. We continue to offer a wide range of services online and are working to introduce more virtual activities. We will re-open for face-to-face services as soon as it is safe to do so.

Karate for 8 years old and above

Run by Tony, Sensei

Our karate class is run by Tony, a Sensei from the Busen Academy in Twickenham and takes place at our usual session every Tuesday afternoon in term time from 4.45 to 5.30pm. Most Tuesdays this class is for children and young people aged 8 and above. Occasionally we have special introductory sessions for everyone.

FROM SEPTEMBER 2020 WE ARE OFFERING KARATE AGAIN IN A COVID-SECURE ENVIRONMENT. THIS MEANS THAT THE CLASS SIZE IS NOW LIMITED TO 5 CHILDREN. ALL ADULTS WILL WEAR MASKS, WE WILL ENCOURAGE SOCIAL DISTANCING GIVING EACH CHILD THEIR OWN SEPARATE CIRCLE ON THE FLOOR. EVERYONE WILL WASH OR SANITISE THEIR HANDS BEFORE ENTERING THE BUILDING AND BEFORE LEAVING. TEMPERATURES WILL BE TAKEN USING A DIGITAL CONTACTLESS THERMOMETER.

A FULL RISK ASSESSMENT IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON REQUEST.

All welcome, beginners and siblings too! 

For ages 8 and above

From 4.45 to 5.30pm

There is now less possibility for parents and siblings to wait inside our building unfortunately while children are doing karate, due to social distancing. A few parents can sit in the room and watch the activity; others will be asked to wait in the hallway or outside.

This activity is for children with special needs and siblings, even if their brother or sister is not taking part too. This club gives children confidence to see what they can do – and learn some Japanese words too! Come and try it, or just watch to start with.



Beginners are very welcome. Classes are free of charge and Karate suits can be provided.

Feedback from children attending and their parents illustrate the benefits — here are some quotes from the children:

“Every time I do it, it makes me really happy”
“It’s fun and good for the muscles”
“I enjoy it: it’s good fun”
“It’s brilliant. You get to meet new people and do fun stuff”
“It helps me if I’m a bit angry to let it all out”
“I love it!”

Since the children have started, parents have reported improvements in their children’s skills such as; focus, concentration, attention and listening, co-ordination, balance, core strength, confidence, organisational skills.

This activity is insured through the karate instructor directly and any queries with regards to insurance should be directed through him.


Our karate classes are kindly funded by Avison Young real estate providers in Richmond



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