My training began in1987, accompanying my 11-year-old son to a beginner’s course with the Traditional Association of Shotokan Karate (TASK) under the instruction of Sensei John van Weenen.
Also, in the early part of 1992, I had a heavy involvement in the first of TASK’s many relief convoys to Albania. My responsibility was the arrangement of the warehousing facilities, packing, storage, transport and final loading of a convoy of 24, 32 tonne articulated trucks.
Following a three year break due to pressures of running a small business, my training recommenced in 1997 when I decided to join CFTS at their Kempston Dojo under the instruction of Sensei Andy Kidby – 7th Dan. It was here in a more relaxed and non-political environment that my passion for karate was rekindled and in April 1998, I was awarded my San Dan (3rd Dan) grade.In February 2002 I established my own club in Clapham, Bedfordshire that has gradually grown from an initial 8 beginners and guests to a regular attendance by 35 students of all grades and abilities. During those 10 years, many students have come and gone but a regular nucleus of committed and loyal karateka remain who have now become senior members of the Club. We have two 2nd Dans, one 1st Dan and 6 first kyus assisting with the development of the junior grades.
My Yon Dan (4th) grade was awarded in April 2004 followed by a Go Dan (5th) achievement in May 2011.