Welcome to TASK Karate

Founded by Hanshi John van Weenen MBE 9th Dan in 1983, TASK has been teaching students the traditional art of Shotokan Karate for over 40 years. TASK prides itself on being a ‘family’ association where students as young as 6 years of age can train alongside their parents or grandparents – with some of the oldest members training well into their 70’s!

TASK has a simple approach to teaching with a structured grading syllabus and students can enjoy training in a friendly and comfortable  atmosphere. Our experienced black belt instructors are keen to help each student develop their skills and gain from the many benefits that training in a martial art such as Karate-do has to offer.

Benefits of Karate

A traditional martial art, karate was introduced into Japan in 1921 by Okinawan born school teacher Gichin Funakoshi. He developed his style of karate and it later became known as Shotokan. It has become the most widely practiced style of karate in the world. Funakoshi’s philosophy of  karate focuses on the person as a whole, including the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the student.

Although karate training promotes self-defence, health and fitness, it also develops discipline, confidence, inner security, character development and an improved feeling of well-being.

Karate is a personal journey and students can advance at their own pace as they work towards the coveted rank of Black Belt – and beyond.

“Karate is a lifelong pursuit – there is no limit to it.” The 9th precept of karate by Gichin Funakoshi.

TASK Karate Clubs

TASK has 8 clubs in the East of England, including:

Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Northamptonshire Hertfordshire Buckinghamshire

Please visit our ‘TASK CLUBS’ page of our website for individual club addresses, class times and contact details.

All ages from 6yrs+ are welcome.


If you’re interested in joining one of our clubs or have a general query about TASK, please fill in the form on our ‘CONTACT US’ page and we’ll endeavour to respond within 48 hours.

 Hanshi John van Weenen MBE 9th Dan – Head of Association