Our History

Cobra Karate was formed in 2008 and has expanded to include martial arts classes in Bramhall, Wilmslow, Altrincham and Timperley

How and Why We Started

We formed Cobra Karate in 2008 as instructors who had been training within other organisations. Back then, we noticed an alarming shift in culture. Best practise standards and our own development needs were no longer being met. Our former club simply focused on growing in size and started viewing students as numbers, not people. They became local self-governing profit-driven machines, that shunned any membership with respected karate or martial arts representative bodies.

Creating Opportunities for Students

As already fairly accomplished martial artists and instructors, we decided that the stringent requirements and standards required by being members of an external representative body would be much more beneficial for students and ourselves. Not only would we be taken more seriously by other martial arts organisations, but also it would open up opportunities to be part of competitions, courses and tournaments with other karate clubs. This gives our students the opportunity to meet new people outside of just our club.

 Black Belt Ratification

With students approaching the grade of black belt too, having their black belt grade ratified by a respected external martial arts association and listed on the National Blackbelt Register would provide more credibility than an inter-club grade. With this in mind, after 12 combined years of teaching karate, Cobra Karate Club was formed under the membership of Cobra Martial Arts Association (CMAA).

Students First

Between 2008 and now, other instructors have discovered the importance of putting students and standards first and have become Cobra Karate instructors though a desire to maintain quality teaching in a personal, friendly environment and giving their students opportunities to experience exposure to other martial arts.

Continuous Development

Cobra Karate’s instructors and senior students continue develop their karate foundation under the humble instruction and watchful (if somewhat unwitting!) eye of Alan Woods – a practitioner of traditional Okinawan Kenpo Karate Jutsu since 1967 currently ranked at 6th Dan awarded in 1994.

Bramhall 2009
Altrincham 2012
Black Belt Grading 2017

Ready to Start?

We want everyone to experience the benefits of of learning self-defense, self-preservation, gaining a new skill and improving their fitness, relieving the stresses of everyday life or simply making new friends. Want to get to know us more?