Manchester Karate (City Centre Dojo)

Manchester Karate – The First Missing Link Dojo in the UK

Japanese Karate – Chinese Roots – Modern Application

Welcome to your Karate in Manchester City Centre.  

We are training in Studio 25, right between Arndale and Affleck’s – this is the very City Centre, with a bus stop in front of the door and Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill Interchange just five minutes walk away. You will find parking behind the house or in one of four NCP car parks next door. 

Training 6 days a week, including lunchtime and weekend classes, plus online offers.

Find the detailed schedule and prices here.

manchester karate dojo

 Training is open for all ages, with dedicated Kids Classes. 

We follow the Manchester Syllabus of the Missing Link Community. 

Find out more about gradings and the Missing Link Community here.

 

Manchester Karate is the first Missing Link Dojo in the UK, started by Founder Circle Member Heero Miketta, a German Martial Arts teacher who moved to the UK in 2010 after living in Finland, Estonia and China before. He has been practicing martial arts for over 35 years. Besides founding four different Dojos he also worked for the German police, co-developed concepts for self-defence and violence prevention and initiated the German ShoShin Projekt, a network of martial arts teachers from different backgrounds that aims to research and teach without limitations, based on exchange and cross-training between styles and methods from all around the world. Today he lives as a writer and teacher in Manchester, together with his Chinese partner and their daughter.

Your gate to the world of martial arts:  

 

The Beginner’s Induction runs every Tuesday and Thursday  and offers an insight into Missing Link in Manchester. It focuses on Renzoku Waza (flow drills), basic techniques and general principles. You will learn hands-on with a Founder Circle Member of Missing Link in a small, friendly group. 

You are always welcome to join for some sweat, fun and bruises (don’t worry, not too much of the latter, but a lot of the first two). 

 
Missing Link Martial Arts  connects tradition, modern applications and two of the biggest sources of Martial Arts: China and Japan. It unlocks the actual fighting content within the art and the philosophy behind it. We care deeply for Modern Application: Urban self defense, health and fitness, inner balance and well-being. Regular beginner’s inductions open the art for new starters, and if you are an experienced martial artist, Missing Link might be the next big step in your personal development. 

Find your flow, health, fitness and inner balance. Not all of it in the first lesson, but you will definitely:  

Every lesson includes valuable information for coping with conflicts, self defence and personal health and fitness. It will give you an insight into martial arts and help you decide whether this is something you want to do more often.  

Heero Miketta

Heero is member of the Founder Circle of the Missing Link Community and brought the concept to Manchester. Before settling here, he travelled extensively and lived in Finland, China and Estonia. He has been practicing martial arts most of his life and wrote quite a few books during these 35+ years. 

Heero Miketta

Antje Timmermann

Antje started Taekwondo as a teenager in Germany and joined Manchester Karate in 2016, switching focus and style because she liked the Missing Link approach. Today, she is a major pillar of training in Manchester. 

Antje Timmermann

Arto Laaksonen

Arto looks back on more than three decades of Karate and martial arts in general, starting as a young boy in Finland. Besides being a health and fitness fanatic, his special passion is Kobujutsu – the traditional Okinawan weapon art. 

Arto Laaksonen

Carl Taylor

Carl comes from an authentic Karate background and trained with many legends of classical martial arts. He found the Missing Link community in 2017 and has since added his decades of knowledge and experience to the instructor team. 

Carl Taylor

Chris Edwards

Chris covers all the bases of a good martial artist. As a nurse, he is an expert in healing. As a Karate practitioner, he can be quite intimidating. In the everyday business of the dojo, the gentle giant is well known for his love for detail and the ability to break down complex topics into understandable lessons. 

Chris Edwards

Gary Bohm

Gary’s career in martial arts includes everything from full contact competition to Ninjutsu, but he sharpened his skills in decades of work as military and security specialist around the world. Since 2018 his martial arts home is the Missing Link Community. 

Gary Bohm

Tony Bolton

Tony is the whirlwind of the instructor team. A late starter in martial arts, the Mancunian Comedy celebrity has spent the last years in a frenzy of self-education, grinding endless hours in multiple dojos, asking questions and mercilessly broadening his horizon and developing his skills. We are happy that his talent and ambition seems to settle with Missing Link.

Tony Bolton

Venjin He

Venjin practices Karate since 2007 when she started her first lessons during a visit in Germany. She has since been involved in the building up of Manchester Karate from day one. 

Venjin He