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Our Instructors

Lee Smith

Lee Smith

6th Dan

Chris Vant

Chris Vant

5th Dan

Alan Poole

Alan Poole

4th Dan

Woodlane Links

We are members of the Ishinryu Karate Association

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate

Our club has been established for over 45 years and is dedicated to the teaching of traditional and competition Karate within the Dagenham and Romford (London/Essex) areas.

Woodlane Club News

Welcome to 2020

Welcome to 2020

Happy New year to all Woodlane Students!

Our first day back to training is Tuesday 7th January at the Forest Row Centre.  Look forward to seeing everyone then.  



2019 Students of the Year

2019 Students of the Year

Congratulations to Luke Barnett and Dean Ruzzaman, awarded junior and senior student of the year for 2019.

Student of the year is voted on by the senior Woodlane instructors based on the hard work, commitment and achievement displayed during the previous year.  Luke passed his 1st Dan grading this year while Dean graded to 3rd Kyu after returning after a very long break from Karate.  Well done to both!

Awards were presented at the Woodlane Xmas party on December 7.  Photos from that night can be seen on our photos page.

2019 – December General Grading

2019 – December General Grading

Congratulations to all students who participated in the December General Grading. We now have two new Black Belts 

  • Francis Moore – 1st Dan
  • Luke Barnett – 1st Dan
  • Liz Carter – 3rd Kyu
  • Colin Hellier – 3rd Kyu
  • Dean Razzaman – 4th Kyu
  • Ricky Fairman – 4th Kyu
  • Gillian Winter – 4th Kyu
2019 – We now also train at Forest Row

2019 – We now also train at Forest Row

Starting Tuesday 19 November, Woodlane has a new weekly lesson at the Forest Row Centre in Collier Row.

Our new class starts at 7 p.m. each Tuesday and runs until 8.30 p.m.  Ultimately this new Tuesday class will replace the Monday class at the Becontree Leisure Centre.

Thursday training will continue at the Becontree Centre exactly as before.

Training Times

Tuesday: 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Thursday: 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.


We train at two locations.  

The Thursday lesson is held at the

Becontree Heath Leisure Centre

Althorne Way,
RM10 7FH

Woodlane Dojo

The Tuesday lesson is held at the

Forest Row Centre

Lodge Lane,
Collier Row,

Woodlane Dojo

Join our Club

We welcome new members and it’s very easy to join.

  1. Turn up at least 15 minutes early
  2. Wear track bottoms and T-shirt.
  3. Join the session

there is no up-front joining fee.  Just pay for each session (£8).  Feel free to watch a session before joining, but please ask an instructor first.

If you decide to stay you will be required to purchase a Gi (karate suit) and licence within your first month of training.

Who can join?

Adults or Children (from 6 years old).

Younger students may attend our Dragons club.