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Q: Do I need to Book? 

A: Due to COVID you will need to call us first. But happy after that for you to try it out

Q: Do I need to stay with my children while you train?

A: No, you can drop them off and pick them up when training has finished

Q: What age can my children start to train?

A: Training isn't suitable for children under the age of 6

Q: What shall I wear for my first lesson?

A: Loose clothing, tracksuit bottoms and T-Shirt will be fine

Q: Where do you train and when are the lessons:

A: Details of our locations and times can be found by clicking here

(Under 18)

£5.00 per session. Pay as you train.

(18 or over)

£6.00 per session. Pay as you train.


Principal Instructor

Sensei : Dan Pope 

Dan started martial arts aged 8 with Judo, then as a teenager, took classes in kickboxing and spent many years learning Tae Kwon Do, gaining his black belt with the TAGB in 1999 and competed in many competitions including nationals.

In Shotokan, he gained his Shodan (1st Dan) black belt under Rob Bunting, Steve Bails and Amanda Gisby sensei in 2013 and his Nidan (2nd Dan) black belt under Simon Bligh, Chrissie Howard and Simon Shepherd Sensei in 2019 (HDKI)

Dan has been with Doejap since its inception under Simon Shepherd Sensei. Dan also set up and is Sensei at the Warden Hill Dojo and was the Sempai for many years under Simon Shepherd at the other venues.


Eventually, after Simon retired from teaching, Dan naturally took on the role of chief instructor representing the club for the HDKI at the Cheltenham clubs (affectionately known as DOEJAP) with the help of the other senior grade black belts. 

He loves all aspects of Karate from the sports side right through to Kata and Bunkai (the application of kata) and is proud of the friendly feel that exists at Doejap. Seeing children, adults and families benefit, grow and enjoy what Shotokan brings to people. In fact, both of his sons gained their black belts at the club.


Dan is also a qualified referee and DBS checked.

Assistant Instructor


Natalie Böttcher 

Natalie started sport karate at the age of 13 when she started training in Goju-Ryu.

She was soon invited to compete at regional and later national WKF competitions where she progressed to the national squad (in Slovakia) attending many more competitions and winning medals every time and went on to reach 1st Kyu in Goju-Ryu.

Natalie, took a break for a few years to raise her family and was back as soon as her children were old enough to join her at karate.

Having done Goju-Ryu before, Natalie decided to join DOEJAP in 2017 with the aim of learning traditional Shotokan karate under Simon Shepherd Sensei where she went on to gain her Shodan (1st Dan) in Shotokan under Scott Langley and Simon Shepherd.


Natalie regularly attends karate seminars nationally and is an active member of the HDKI GB squad team competing in both Kata and Kumite where she has won many medals in the national competitions.


Natalie obtained her class D judge/referee qualification in 2019, is fully DBS checked and she has also recently completed a sports first aid course to ensure that the dojo is a safe place to practice karate for everyone.



Welcome to DOEJAP (the dojo of eternal joy and pain), one of Cheltenham's finest traditional Shotokan karate clubs.

We are a group of traditional Shotokan Karate dojo's based at various locations in and around Cheltenham. We've been part of this community for many years and most of our students, not surprisingly, are from the local schools and surrounding area.

We are part of Hombo Dojo Karate International - HDKI (founded by Scott Langley 7th Dan) which is one of the fastest growing non-Japanese Shotokan Karate organisations - (https://hdkigb.org/)

We're also governed for insurance purposes by FEKO (Federation of English Karate Organisations) -http://www.feko.co.uk/

We're an open, all-inclusive, family-friendly dojo. We teach and train with all ages, from 6 to 69.....and upwards of that too. 

Our instructors have many years experience in Karate and have attained many competition medals between them. Our chief grading examiner has over 40 years of experience, including holding many regional, national and European competition titles and is an inspirational examiner to grade under.

All our instructors are fully-insured, FEKO accredited and CRB/DBS checked.

Come along, train and enjoy!!! Your first lesson is FREE.....and it's guaranteed to be fun and tough!


Hillview Community Centre

Hulbert Crescent

Up Hatherley


GL51 3FZ

Balcarras Sports Centre

East End Road

Charlton Kings


GL53 8QF

Dunalley Primary School 

West Drive 


GL50 4LB

Please enter car park via Central Cross Drive (which is off Evesham Road)




6.00pm till 7.00pm

7.15 to 8.15 Junior Grades

 8.15 to 9.15 Senior Grades 

Sempai: Natalie Böttcher (Junior class)

Sensei: Dan Pope (senior Class)

Sensei: Dan Pope

Currently closed due to COVID

Sensei: Dan Pope

Sempai: Natalie Böttcher

Prices: Juniors: £5.00  Adults: £6.00 

Minimum age to train: Age 6



Dan Pope Sensei 

Tel: 07944 607765

Email: Dan.PopeKarate@hotmail.com

DOEJAP Admin (Michael)

Tel: 07736 242799

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