About Us


Chief Instructor

Sensei John Wetherell

Karate 4th Dan

John Wetherell is the founder and Chief Instructor of White Rose Martial Arts Karate Association.

He is a 4th Dan Karate Instructor (recognised by the English Karate Federation). He has also achieved Black Sash Instructor Level in Wing-Chun Kung-Fu.

He is an instructor with the British Combat Association (BCA).

Self Defence Award

Instructor Self Defence

He has studied extensively in the areas of Personal Security Awareness and Self Defence and has been teaching these areas to groups and individuals for the past ten years.

John was awarded the: Self Defence Award and Self-Defence Instructor Certificate by the World Combat Association in 2011. Details of which can be seen in the photos.


Where we are…

We currently teach a number of classes to the public in Leeds in the following areas:


Colton -LS15
Cookridge – LS16
Harehills – LS8
Headingley – LS6
Kirkstall – LS5
Morley – LS27
Scarcroft – LS14
Wortley – LS12

For more information on the availability of places in these classes please feel free to contact us via the contact form (due to demand we may be looking to open some more classes in different areas in the near future).

Who can train…

Anyone, aged 6 and upwards. So, whether you are young or old, male or female, unfit or in shape, a complete beginner or an experienced martial artist, you would be greeted with a warm welcome.
Please note that we hope that our training is effective and practical, that it forms part of a healthier lifestyle and we expect our students, always, to act with reason and consideration in relation to others.

What we do…

Run karate classes open to the public 7 days a week

Run the White Rose Karate School Training Programme for primary and secondary schools

Offer specialised corporate training packages – tailored to meet the needs of the client



White Rose Martial Arts Blog:
Website: http://whiterosemartialarts.co.uk
Email: mail@whiterosemartialarts.co.uk