History of the club

Derek CharltonThe Uechi-Ryu Bromley Karate club was founded by Sensei Derek (Del) Charlton in 1988.

Initially Sensei Del was accompanied by another instructor who has since moved on.

Sensei Del had trained in boxing and had enjoyed considerable success as a wrestler.

Sensei Del subsequently wished to study karate and joined the Shenfield Uechi-Ryu dojo in Essex in 1984.

The Shenfield dojo was run by Sensei Ron Ship who was also a student of Grand Master Uechi Kanei and regularly visited Okinawa to further his training.

Sensei Ron Ship was a stickler for form and rigorously instilled a respect for and appreciation of kata in his students.

In 1988, when Sensei Del was a 1st Kyu he left the Shenfield dojo and set up his own dojo with a fellow student from the Shenfield dojo in Orpington.

The club no longer trains at Orpington and has moved to the Calso Fitness Centre in Hayes.

Calso Heath and Fitness

The Ryo Shin Kan Karate Dojo is located in the Calso Heath and Fitness Club. Click the link below for their website.


Location Map

A Google map and details about the Calso Health and fitness club are available on the link below



Training Sessions

Monday and Thursday . 20:00 – 21:45

Calso Fitness Centre
28-30 Letchworth Drive
Bromley, Kent, BR2 9BE

020 8466 0506 (Calso)
07885 327065 (Sensei Del Charlton)

Email: [email protected]