About Us

Mizukara is a group of Bangor/Newtownards Karate & Tai Chi clubs offering quality training to all ages (from age 6) throughout Co Down.

Bangor & Newtownards Karate

Our Bangor/Newtownards Karate clubs were founded by Sensei David Brashaw in 1994. Along with Sensei Kevin Lewis & Sensei Sam Lewis they transformed the initial club into a quality organisation. Our clubs offer both traditional & sport karate training. Our coaches are fully insured and have Access NI enhanced approval.  Having over 20 years developing martial arts students, means our clubs are a fantastic place to start training.  Subsequently building up their confidence and martial arts abilities.

First of all Mizukara is an inclusive martial arts organisation and welcomes students from all walks of life. We work in conjunction with other karate clubs in Ireland, north and south, and across the UK.  This maximises opportunities for our students. In particular we work closely with  Sensei Ian Cuthbert, of Karate Sport England.

We have a superb track record developing children’s self-confidence, motor skills and physical abilities, particularly young people with minor disabilities. In addition we also value our high level competition training.  As a result we have coached many students to World and European medals.

Mizukara training is also regarded as a great way for adults to keep healthy and allow them time to set and achieve their own personal goals. Students on the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme often join our clubs. Almost all end up staying with us for many years. Our newest programme of classes for ‘adults only’ offers Competition Karate fitness training & Tai Chi. Check out our ‘Mizukara Fit’ page for more information.

The clubs are led by instructors David Brashaw,  Sam Lewis, Levi Kane and Craig Brashaw. Each is very experienced and recognised internationally for their competition successes, coaching methods and innovative training ideas.

Our philosophy is firstly safety, next enjoyment and finally achievement in our Bangor & Newtownards Karate clubs. Most of all our beliefs of mutual respect, fairness & achieving together, are the backbone to Mizukara’s ongoing successes.

The value of karate:

It was fantastic to hear Katherine Grainger, Olympic rowing gold medallist, revealing that her grounding in karate when she was younger had a profound influence on the massive success she has had in her rowing career.
In addition last year leading Belfast Telegraph sports journalist, David Kelly visited our clubs and commented “it was fantastic the cross-over of sports skills we delivered to our students.”
Now, finally after many, many years, it has been agreed by the IOC that karate will be included as an Olympic Sport in 2020.

It is free to try an initial class in our Bangor/Newtownards Karate clubs.  Class details are on our Training Times Page and more information can be found on our Contact page.

We look forward to meeting you.