If you're new to karate or have recently moved to a different area after practicing karate for many years in the same place, the thing on the forefront of your mind will likely be continuity of your martial arts discipline. You'll probably want to find the best karate club near you as soon as you can so that there is minimal disruption to your training schedule as possible. Much like the exercise addict will be kept up at night at the thought of finding a new gym, a dedicated practiser of karate or any martial art will also be adamant about finding a new place to call their training ground. Aside from word of mouth, one of the best ways to locate a new dojo or training centre is to simply get on Google and search for your nearest Dojo, but if you want to see what your options are then you are better off looking for a martial arts club directory so that the various clubs are listed in front of you. You will find below a list of the leading martial arts directories so that you have the greatest quantity of choice possible when looking for the next martial arts club to suit your needs.
This website is probably the most useful of all of the directories listed here due to its slightly different approach. Instead of searching by area/country you can input your postcode and the dojos within a certain radius will be displayed. This is very handy if you want to find out the nearest dojos to your home instead of just in the general area in which you live.
There is also an option of narrowing down the search results by picking from one of forty different martial arts styles so that only the dojos that most suits your needs are displayed. The comprehensive list of martial arts styles also includes Shotokan Karate which should please many visitors to this site.
Here we have a directory similar to dojolocator.co.uk but with a design that is a little inferior. The search takes place on a keyword basis as opposed to being able to put in your postcode, but the results are fairly comprehensive. To narrow down your search, you simply use more keywords such as ‘Swansea' and ‘Karate' in order to find karate clubs in Swansea.
Though the site may initially look rather barebones in nature, the handy search tool allows you to narrow down a list of possible clubs by various criteria such as town, county, and style of martial art. The directory lists all of the counties in the UK as well as the allowing you to type in your hometown in order to view the clubs nearest to you. The site also caters for many other martial arts other than karate including Aikido, Jujitsu, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, and Kung Fu. Results of your search are displayed in a grid and the contact details of each club can be viewed by clicking the 'view' text next to the club that is listed.
The martial arts register instantly feels like a much more comprehensive version of the above directory. The design has had more attention paid to it, with a pleasant blue-coloured design and a picture to give the site some style. There appears to be more content in addition to just a search engine as well, with a “what's on” section and various other links to click across the navigation bar.
This site also lets you search by country, town, martial art, and also club name. You can add clubs yourself or you can also search by the club number if it is known. The results on this site appear much more comprehensive than that of martialartsclubs.co.uk, with more results per search than its competitor.
Here is another professionally designed site that contains comprehensive listings of martial arts clubs in the UK. This site is also a directory for free listings for martial arts clubs as well as for martial arts equipment and clothing.
Now we're into the international directory territory. This website is a database of martial arts clubs that covers most of the world's countries. You'll notice that most countries have very few or even no clubs listed for them, but the UK and United States does have a fair few. Still, you're probably better off going to any one of the above directories if you live in the UK.