TheClub 001 The Club

The History

Shibumi Karate Club was first established in Saltcoats in 1987 under the tutelage of Sensei John Deans and Sensei Liz Devlin with John taking over sole care for the club shortly after. Today having been in existence more than twenty years, and due to Sensei John's dedication and passion for Karate Do, we have approximately one hundred students many of whom are past or present medal winners and champions at Scottish, British, European and World level.

Sensei Calum opened the West Kilbride branch of our club in 2005 with the aim of bringing traditional karate to the area. Although relatively new in existence the club has been steadily growing and is now an important part of the village's sports community.

The Japanese word 'Shibumi' means 'effortless perfection'. In Japanese culture, Shibumi implies a simplicity of spirit; an attitude of refinement without pretension, honesty without apology, beauty without artifice; it is being without the angst of becoming.

A state of Shibumi must be found, not won

The Instructors


Monday & Wednesday

1900 — 2000 (All Grades) 2000 — 2100 (Senior Grades) St Matthew's Academy View on Google Maps


1900 — 2100 (Invitation Only) The Studio, Green Street Access at rear (BOS Carpark) View on Google Maps

West Kilbride

Monday & Thursday

1800 — 1930 (All Grades) Community Centre View on Google Maps