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About Us


United Karate Association (UKA) was founded in 1981 by Sensei Ian Cuthbert and under his guidance has consistently been one of the most successful martial arts clubs in the UK.


Our dedicated team of instructors are fully insured, checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), First Aid Trained and on the safeguarding code in martial arts as a chartered club.


Our full time professional coaches are enthusiastic and  experienced at improving students of all ages athletically, academically and in their personal lives. The UKA network has expanded into a variety of areas and schools and is very proud of its instructing team and existing students/parents, without whom would not be where it is today.

We teach both traditional and sport Karate and offer a challenging opportunity to learn a great Martial Art.

Our Instructors teach the same syllabus and grading criteria. However, all offer their own unique teaching style and personality. Our network of clubs is spread throughout Essex, Hertfordshire and London. We attract students from all over the country with some traveling great distances to train with us. We are a very progressive club that strive to be at the forefront of sport karate in this country, as our instructors are always looking for ways to improve.


As we like to say at this club, "you never stop learning" and gaining a black belt is "only the beginning".

Karate is a great way to develop yourself or your child and increase fitness, confidence and self esteem whilst becoming part of a club that values unity. There is something for the whole family at UKA, as parents often train alongside their children and get involved.

If you are looking to be a champion or simply learn how to defend yourself while getting fitter and make new friends, then a UKA club is right for you.

Ian Cuthbert
Ian Cuthbert UKA
Ian Cuthbert, Daniel Cuthbert and Luke Cuthbert
Ian Cuthbert and Christophe Pinna
UKA Karate boys
Jason Marquis UKA
Patricia Duggin with UKA students

"More than a club!"

UKA at European Championships
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