SKIPTON’S Quest Karate Club are on a mission to increase the physical and mental wellbeing of children and adults around the area.

The club, which was established in 2013 by sensei Frank Pullano (6th Dan), is part of British Sport Karate Federation who are affiliated with the English Karate Federation, British Karate Federation, European Karate Federation and World Karate Federation.

Quest Karate Club provides a safe and friendly environment to train in, specialising in the fundamentals of Sport Karate training as children learn best when enjoying themselves.

In line with Quest looking to increase the number of children participating at their classes, they spoke in glowing terms when asked about their goals, saying: “Our aim is to give every child and adult the opportunity to reach their full potential whether that's achieving their belts or in competition or general wellbeing.

“This is something that we are able to achieve with the dedicated coaches we have who’ve trained many students from beginners to full international level and our head coach has over 40+ years within martial arts.

“At Quest Karate Club we specialise in teaching children, adults and families. Our classes are designed to be inclusive for all ages and abilities making it a great family activity. You can start your karate journey at any time whether you're four or 50.”

Pullano (head coach) has over 40 years’ experience and began training in Wado Ryu Karate in 1980 at the age of ten years old. Karate has changed his life and given him so many unique opportunities, helping him to grow his confidence as a child to competing at major championships and now he wants to help other students and give them better experiences by opening his own karate club to pass on his knowledge and hopefully inspire the next generation of karate champions.

Born in 1970, growing up in Skipton (Yorkshire Dales), Karate became his passion and he went on to compete, winning many medals in Kumite (fighting).

He now wants to focus on his members by giving them all the opportunities he had and much more. Pullano is the British Sport Karate Federation Chief Instructor, British Sport Karate Federation Kumite Squads Head Coach and because of his vast experience and expert guidance he has trained multiple students from beginner to full international, competing at local events to European and World events.

His ambition is for Quest Karate Club to grow and develop into a strong Karate Club with the highest standards of coaching and training.

If you are interested in attending classes at Quest Karate Club, Monday’s sessions are held for ‘Peewees’ from 5pm – 6pm for 4–6-year-olds, and then from 6:30pm – 7:30 pm on the same evening for 7 + year olds.

On Wednesday from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, one more class is held for 7 + year olds.

For more information, head to:

Address: Sandylands Sports Centre, Off Engine Shed Lane, Carleton New Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2AZ

Tel: 07718140904