TWO new karate classes are starting up in Otley.

Otley Karate Centre has specifically developed its Donguri classes for children aged from four to six years old to promote a range of skills and self-confidence through fun activities.

The other class the club is launching is for adults of all ages and abilities and aims to improve fitness, flexibility and self-esteem while teaching self-defence. The classes are being taught by 6th degree Black Belt Shihan John Walker.

He said: “This is the time of year when people think about their New Year resolutions to get fit or try something new. Our new classes aim to show how karate can help fulfil these resolutions. The emphasis in both classes is very much on how to enjoy learning this fascinating Japanese martial art.”

Both classes are being held on Wednesdays with the Donguri classes running from 5pm to 6pm at the Soma Yoga studio on Kirkgate and the adult classes taking place from 8pm to 9pm at the Bridge Street Church hall. For more details call (0113) 255 7565 or visit