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Lee Smith

Lee Smith

6th Dan

Chris Vant

Chris Vant

5th Dan

Alan Poole

Alan Poole

4th Dan

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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.

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Training as usual At Woodlane

Training as usual At Woodlane

Training will continue as usual at Woodlane until further notice.  We will continue to observe Government guidelines in respect of the Coronavirus outbreak and we ask that you take extra precautions in the Dojo:

  • DO NOT train if you have a sore throat, cough, cold or raised temperature.
  • Please wash your hands in the sports venue thoroughly before and after each training session.
  • Please follow any additional guidance on COVID-19 avoidance issued by the Becontree Heath and Forest Row sports centres.

if there is any change to Woodlane training we will let you know on this Website or from the Woodlane Facebook Group

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.

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Tuesday March 31st, 2020

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate Club

Hi everyone!

We hope that everyone is keeping well, active but above all else, SAFE, right now!

There are plenty of ways to keep up with your training while people are following the government’s ruling of STAYING AT HOME.

Our sister club, Cranham Ishinryu, are currently running online classes 3 times a week via ZOOM where you can follow a structured online LIVE CLASS led by Sensei Alan Poole 4th Dan.

If you are interested in joining these classes, head on over to their Facebook page and drop them a message so that they can share the details with you.

Ishin!
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Sunday March 29th, 2020

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate Club

Good Afternoon to you all, I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.
With regards to my recent post regarding training videos, my plan is to create a WhatsApp group, allowing anyone from Woodlane, and across our association to join.
I will then send some training sessions and tips directly to you.
I will be working on the basis that the training works at home, with limited space and no equipment needed.
I will also ask for requests, allowing us as a group to discuss techniques, or problems we may have with a certain move, technique with a view of correcting.
This group is open to all grades and ages, and depending on the response I may divide it, to allow basic and more advanced to benefit.
Please feel free to private message me your number, and on receipt I will add you to the group.

I look forward to hearing from you all soon and let’s get busy training.

Lee Smith 6th Dan
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Thursday March 26th, 2020

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate Club

Morning all.
I’m looking to post some videos shortly of some easy “at home” training techniques.
I’m not normally one to post home or self videos, but I’m aware that some of you are missing the club and training.
Anyone interested in this?
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Monday March 23rd, 2020

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate Club

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Thursday March 19th, 2020

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate Club

UPDATE.. Following Government guidelines. Woodlane Dojo at Becontree on Thursdays, and Forest lodge Dojo on Tuesdays are now closed, also Collier Row Ishinryu Dragons on Tuesdays, Closed until further notice. We do this because your health and well being are our upmost Priority. Keep safe, We will keep updating you all on any developments as soon as we receive them. On Behalf of Sensei Lee Smith, Sensei Chris Vant and Sensei Alan Poole, Stay Safe , Stay Strong and Stay ISHINRYU, Everyone of one Heart.💪💪 ... See MoreSee Less

UPDATE.. Following Government guidelines. Woodlane Dojo at Becontree on Thursdays, and Forest lodge Dojo on Tuesdays are now closed, also Collier Row Ishinryu Dragons on Tuesdays, Closed until further notice. We do this because your health and well being are our upmost Priority. Keep safe, We will keep updating you all on any developments as soon as we receive them. On Behalf of Sensei Lee Smith, Sensei Chris Vant and Sensei Alan Poole, Stay Safe , Stay Strong and Stay ISHINRYU, Everyone of one Heart.💪💪

Wednesday March 18th, 2020

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate Club

UPDATE...We are continually monitoring the Corona virus situation, and we are in constant contact with the leisure centre . There will still be training as usual on Thursday 19th March at Becontree Dojo.7.00pm to 8.30pm. Please follow guide line's that are in place : i:e ensure washing hands before and after training, If unwell Stay at home, As Instructors, your health and well being are our first priority. We hope to see you all on Thursday, So On behalf of Sensei Lee Smith, Sensei Chris Vant and Sensei Alan Poole Stay safe. We will be there Thursday to keep you all up to date . { and to train hard } ISHIN ... See MoreSee Less

UPDATE...We are continually monitoring the Corona virus situation, and we are in constant contact with the leisure centre .  There will still be training as usual on Thursday 19th March at Becontree Dojo.7.00pm to 8.30pm. Please follow guide lines that are in place : i:e ensure washing hands before and after training, If unwell Stay at home, As Instructors, your health and well being are our first priority. We hope to see you all on Thursday, So On behalf of Sensei Lee Smith, Sensei Chris Vant and Sensei Alan Poole Stay safe. We will be there Thursday to keep you all up to date . { and to train hard } ISHIN

Thursday March 12th, 2020

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate Club

Drawing close to the pre grade, Sunday 22nd March, then General Grading on Sunday 5th April. Be Prepared. See you all tonight. ISHIN ... See MoreSee Less

Drawing close to the pre grade, Sunday 22nd March, then General Grading on Sunday 5th April. Be Prepared. See you all tonight. ISHIN

Sunday March 8th, 2020

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate Club

Enjoy the weekend people,
Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.
Let’s get there and have a blast!!
Ouss. 👍👌💪👊👊
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Thursday March 5th, 2020

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate Club

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Friday February 21st, 2020

Woodlane Ishinryu Karate Club

Well done everyone who trained last night, you all gave 110% like always.

We definitely all left the dojo better than when we went in! 💪

Sensei Alan
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Training Times

Tuesday: 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Thursday: 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Locations

We train at two locations.  

The Thursday lesson is held at the

Becontree Heath Leisure Centre

Althorne Way,
Dagenham,
RM10 7FH

Woodlane Dojo

The Tuesday lesson is held at the

Forest Row Centre

Lodge Lane,
Collier Row,
Romford,
RM5 2LD

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.