​​​Times and Locations

Tuesday Evenings

King Edward Park 8008-81 Street

​Introductory Adult Karate class 7:00 pm

All Ranks Adult Karate class      7:00 pm

Thursday Evenings

Westwood Unitarian Church 11135-65 Ave.

​Introductory Adult Karate class    6:45pm - 8:15pm

Adult Karate all ranks                  6:45pm - 8:15pm

Saturday Mornings

Unitarian Church of Edmonton 10804-119 St.

Introductory Adult Karate class    10:30 am -12

Adult Karate all ranks         10:30 am - 12

Family Classes       11 am - 12


Introductory Class: Free

- includes one-on-one instruction with a black belt instructor

drop in $15/class

- first month only

1 month of classes $125

​- includes full access to the Yoga program


​6 month of classes $100/month includes:

- one-on-one instruction with our 7th degree chief instructor

​​- full access to the Yoga program

- a free uniform

Family fees


for each additional weekly class add $20/month 

What to expect your first class

Karate Instructor: Ken Read

Ken Read is a Uechi Ryu Karate Rokkyudan (7th degree black belt) and has been the head karate Instructor of the Northern River Karate School in Edmonton since 1989. He has been a student of martial arts since 1970 and has progressively studied Shito Ryu Karate, Shotokan Karate, Chito Ryu Karate, and Uechi Ryu Karate. He has been a guest instructor at several local Karate schools and has taught a number of self defense programs for public schools and community groups.

Ken was given his 6th degree black belt ranking and the tile of Renshi (senior expert teacher) by the International Uechi Ryu Karate Test Board in Boston in 2009. Also in 2009, Ken’s school was honored by the Alberta government for excellence in community programming. In 2017 Ken was awarded his 7th degree black belt and the honorary title Kyoshi in Florida.

In addition to his Uechi Ryu training, Ken is a dedicated practitioner of Qigong moving meditation and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Ken has given seminars in traditional martial arts and meditative practices for many groups and institutions including Concordia College and Grant MacEwan University. When not training and teaching, Ken is active as a professional musician and music instructor.

Classes begin with simple exercises that we all do together. Follow along, do your best, and have fun. After that, you will have one-on-one time with an instructor, who will introduce you to your first Karate movements. Dress comfortably and feel free to ask questions. 

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Ken Read, program director

If you have ever considered trying martial arts this is where you belong. You will develop effective fighting skills and improve your health and fitness in a co-operative and nurturing community. Classes are small and instruction is personalized. The curriculum leads to internationally recognized Black Belt Certification in Uechi Ryu Karate Do. 

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"I've been a Northern River Karate School student since it started back in 1989! We have a wonderful instructor and a loving, encouraging community. I feel so lucky to be a part of it!"  Jennifer Bustin

Karate is for You

"Jennifer Bustin is my sempai at Northern River Karate School. I am fortunate to have trained with Jen for 22 years. Her dedication to the art, and her expertise as a teacher have been a great help to me. Her commitment to growth, and her tremendous ability as a karate practitioner are a constant inspiration." Dave Wall, 4th degree black belt

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​​It is not good enough in a karate-do school to be a good fighter. Enlightenment means growing up - we practice to know ourselves better, to bring clarity and peace to every aspect of our lives, and to take full responsibility for ourselves.

- Sensei Ken Read, Northern River Karate School 7th Degree Black Belt