Sessen Ryu Karate traces its origins back to 1972 when its principle instructors began training in Stanford Le Hope. The Dojo as part of an Association known as the Essex Martial Arts Group. The group had a section for karate, kung fu and Goshin Jitsu. With such a variety of arts it made for a good cross section of training which broadened students knowledge and outlook.
In 1983 the term Sessen Ryu was adopted meaning hand to hand or close quarter style.
Whilst we like to keep the traditions of karate alive and take great interest in researching and training in the historical aspects of our art, we recognise the value of input from other martial arts.
Throughout the years we have hosted and attended seminars ranging from traditional karate by visiting senior Japanese, to World Champion kickboxers, grapplers and internationally renowned practitioners of martial arts from around the globe.