Oubaitori Karate Club

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Oubaitori Karate Club is a non-profit karate club in Peterborough. They offer martial arts training for children aged 4 years and older, teens, and adults of all levels of fitness and ability, for improving fitness or competing internationally and everything in between.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • you can improve your fitness; it doesn’t matter how fit you are currently, start training! And being physically active can improve your mental wellbeing
  • your confidence and self esteem are impacted by learning martial arts moves and self-defence
  • learning martial arts is very social! They have a lot of fun in their classes and help each other succeed.

“The best thing I have done in a long time was walk into OKC Dojo! I joined 7 months after having a baby, they were so encouraging, pushed me the exact right amount and the before and after care was amazing. Not only has this been great for my physical and mental health, I have made friends and built a support network. If you are thinking about starting martial arts don’t hesitate in joining OKC! You will not regret it.”

Head coach Sensai Matt Johnson asked students what their favourite part of training was – before and after:


Whats your favourite thing about training? #karate in #peterborough

♬ original sound – Oubaitori Karate Club

What to expect

‘Oubaitori’ is a Japanese idiom that means each flower blooms in its own time, which can be interpreted as ‘enjoy your own journey and don’t compare yourself to others’.

Oubaitori Karate Club (OKC) primarily teach Shitoryu-Shukokai Karate, freestyle, sport and applied karate.

They offer martial arts training for children aged 4 years and older, and adults of all levels of fitness and ability, and offer discounts for multiple practitioners in the same household. Classes are inclusive, being ADHD and Autism friendly.

There are kids-only classes as well as all-age ones. Classes are in Werrington and Orton; find schedules on this page. All of the venues have car parks and toilets, and are wheelchair accessible.

Parking for:

  • Vivacity Werrington Leisure Centre is the Tesco shopping centre car park
  • the Herlington Community Centre is the shared carpark for the centre’s shops

Give them a call or email to let them know you’re coming and to make sure they can meet you on arrival, or just to discuss your needs. Alternatively, just turn up. Clothing: a t-shirt and trackies is fine, don’t wear anything that could hurt you or anybody else. They train barefoot. And bring water!

More information

The club emphasises that everyone is a student and can improve, everyone should be treated with honour and respect, no one is perfect but everyone is unique, and everyone can work on balance and harmony in life. You can find read their mission statement, ethos, values, and history on their About page.

Oubaitori Karate Club is part of The Karate for Good Partnership, working alongside Nene Park Trust and Your Community Greenspace Project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The aim of this partnership is to combine the fantastic foundation that Nene Park Trust have built with the expertise, energy, and passion that OKC have to bring karate to more students in Peterborough, with the shared ambition of using karate as a tool to improve the health and wellbeing of all their students.

They want to make sure that karate, and all the benefits that training brings, are available to everybody, regardless of circumstances.

Every student gets their first 2 lessons free. Sign up on this page.

To join the club and continue attending, there are monthly subscriptions for students which vary by age group, with discounts for multiple people from the same household; find current prices on this page.

Funding and scholarships are available for students through the Karate for Good Partnership – read more here and contact them direct for more information.

Oubaitori logo

Watch some video clips of the classes:


Another week in the bag, keep up the good work 💪 #karate #kickboxing #kata #kumite #pointfighting #lightcontact #wako #wkf

♬ Godzilla – Paul Velchev


Another great friday class 😁 well done everyone 👏 #karate #kickboxing #kata #kumite #pointfighting #lightcontact

♬ Never Give Up – Motiversity & Coach Pain & Dr. Jessica Houston

Find more of their videos, including Questions & Answers by Sensei Matt, on their TikTok channel: https://www.tiktok.com/@oubaitorikarate


How to contact

Where to go

Herlington Community Centre
Orton Malbourne

Vivacity Werrington Leisure Centre

William Law CE Primary School
Twelvetree Avenue

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