Clevedon Karate Kai

Clevedon Karate Kai: The First Twenty-Five Years

Contents

Introduction

Origins

    How Wado Ryu Karate Came to the West Country

    Clevedon's Earlier Karate Club

    How Kevin and Nigel Became Involved

    The Establishment of the Club

Western Karate Union

The Chief Instructors

    Kevin Barrett

    Nigel Langson

    Pete Fortune

The Students

    Ross Clarke

    Kevin Barrett Jnr

    Rory Daniels

    Sarah Leakey

    Polly Smith

    Shaun Langson

    Chelsie Ware

    Mark Christie

    Michael Dean (Dino)

The Dojos

    All Saints Hall

    Kwik Save Hall

    Esporta/Virgin Active/Nuffield Health

    Other Venues

The Statistics

    Black Belts

    Kyu Grades

    Families

The Rolls of Honour

    Dan Grades

    Student of the Year

The Next Twenty-Five Years


Introduction

Clevedon Karate Kai first opened its doors on 16th October 1992, and has taught the Wado Ryu style of karate in the town for the twenty-five years from that date to the publication of this article, celebrating its silver jubilee. Chief Instructors Kevin Barrett and Nigel Langson have been the guiding lights of the club from its inception to the present day. They, along with other current and former members, have scoured their memories, photograph albums and newspaper clippings to provide the most comprehensive and authoritative history it has been possible to compile.

Origins

Pete Fortune throws a roundhouse kick, at Clevedon Higashi Karate Club, circa 1985.

How Wado Ryu Karate Came to the West Country

The Wado Ryu style of karate was founded in Japan in 1938 by Hironori Otsuka. In 1963, as part of a worldwide strategy, Otsuka dispatched his closest associate, Tatsuo Suzuki, to London, to promote the style in Britain and Europe. Suzuki formed the British Karate Association (BKA) and began to train others, both Japanese expats and British, to spread Wado Ryu across the country. One of his students, Peter Spanton, having achieved the rank of 4th dan by 1974, left the BKA to form Higashi Karate Kai. This club thrived and became an association, spreading across the UK through the 1970s and 80s, including to the West Country. Clubs sprang up in Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare, Brean, Yatton, and an earlier club in Clevedon. Peter Spanton trained the association's senior students in London, and travelled the country supervising instruction and gradings, and running courses.

The attendance sheet for the club's opening night.

Clevedon's Earlier Karate Club

Having begun to study the Shotokan style of karate in Weston-Super-Mare under Andy Reed, in 1973, Pete Fortune was the first Clevedonian to join Higashi. He graded to 1st dan on 14th December 1985 under Peter Spanton. In the same year, he set up Clevedon Higashi Karate Club. Training originally took place at Chapel Hill Youth Club, then moved to the more spacious Clevedon Comprehensive School gym. The club ran for over seven years, but closed in 1992 when Pete became unable to continue with it due to work and family commitments.

How Kevin and Nigel Became Involved

Kevin, a Bristolian, returning to civilian life after serving in the Royal Navy, began training at Bristol's Centre Karate Club, in the mid-1970s, and graded at Bristol Higashi Karate Club, under Alan Flook, who remains the Chief Instructor of that club to this day. Kevin dropped out for a few years because of family and work commitments. However, moving to Clevedon in 1982, he became acquainted with born and bred Clevedonian Nigel through their respective sons Kevin (Jnr) and Neal playing together in the street, and discovered that Nigel was training with Higashi at Yatton Village Hall under Phil Rogers and Phil McKenzie, where Pete Fortune also taught. Needing no second invitation to return to karate, Kevin joined in. As they became more proficient, Kevin and Nigel attended training once a month in London with Peter Spanton, as well as regular courses in Swindon, Reading and Cheltenham, plus twice-yearly trips to Jersey. They also attended regular training nights more locally, in Burnham, Bristol, Brean and Yatton.

An early training session, probably 1993/4. At least four future dan grades are visible: Adam Yeomans (front row, yellow belt, glasses), Mark Christie (red belt, second row), Maria Christie (red belt, third row) and Kevin Barrett Jnr (far left, back row).

The Establishment of the Club

The closure, in 1992, of the previous Clevedon club left a void in Clevedon. Kevin and Nigel, then both 1st kyus and having yet to gain their black belts, stepped into the breach, and held the first ever training session of Clevedon Karate Kai on 16th October 1992, at All Saints Church Hall, then in Meadow Road. People from other local clubs came to support the new club initially, but the local membership mushroomed very quickly. Within a month, over 20 students from Clevedon regularly trained.

Western Karate Union

In early 2003 four clubs, Clevedon, Bristol, Burnham and Oldmixon (Weston-Super-Mare), decided that they wished to go in a different direction than the Higashi association. Those four clubs broke away and formed a new association, the Western Karate Union, named for the area of the country in which they are all situated. Within weeks, the Colchester Traditional Karate Club also resigned from Higashi and joined the WKU. The new association was headquartered at the Bristol Dojo, in Totterdown, and its Chief Instructor was, and at the time of writing still is, Alan Flook, now 8th dan.

A typical trophy haul. Clevedon Mercury circa 1994.

The Chief Instructors

Kevin Barrett

Kevin achieved his 1st dan on 19th February 1994 from the Higashi association, under Peter Spanton. He continued to progress through the dan grades as the club prospered, to his current 6th dan.

As the club grew, and its initial intake continued to gain in proficiency, Kevin, with Nigel, began to attend and coach at many competitions with Clevedon students, and couldn't agree with much of the officiating he saw along the way. Having passed the upper age range for competing by then, he and Nigel decided to get involved in refereeing and judging, in an effort to have some input into the rules and their interpretation. He obtained his earliest qualifications within Higashi, gaining his English kumite judge's badge in 1999 and full refereeing badge in 2001, and his kata badge in 2003. He went on to gain British Karate Federation (BKF) kumite refereeing and kata judging badges. Kevin was also heavily involved in the direction of the WKU from its inception, and remains a member of its executive committee.


Nigel Langson

More trophies, circa 1997. There are six future black belts in this picture: Kevin Barrett Jnr (far left, back row), Rory Daniels (2nd left, back row), Adam Yeomans (far left, middle row), Donna Perry (far right, middle row), Shaun Langson (left, front row) and Sarah Leakey (right, front row). Donna, now Donna Robertson, achieved hers in 2016, nearly 20 years after this photo was taken.

Nigel achieved his 1st dan on 25th February 1995 from Higashi, under Peter Spanton and, like Kevin, has continued to progress through the grades to his current 6th dan. Also like Kevin, he became involved in competition officiating, obtaining an English-level kumite judge's badge through Higashi in 2002 and a full kumite refereeing badge from the EKF in 2007. He also went on to become a BKF-qualified referee. Nigel has also served on the WKU executive from its beginnings to the present.

Pete Fortune

We have already covered Pete's role in bringing Wado Ryu Karate to Clevedon. The forty-plus year journey of this most dedicated of martial artists has taken him through the Shotokan and Wado Ryu styles of karate, Wing Chun and Kamon Kung Fu, Tomiko Aikido and Sorinji Kempo. When he joined Clevedon Karate Kai in 2010, his depth and breadth of experience and knowledge immediately put him alongside Kevin and Nigel as one of the club's senior figures.

Kevin with Ross Clarke and his father, John, probably 1993.

The Students

Ross Clarke

Although officially a student of the Yatton club, Ross also trained with Clevedon, and is considered to be the first Clevedon Karate Kai student to achieve his black belt, in early 1993, aged only twelve or thirteen, while Kevin and Nigel were still 1st kyus.

Kevin Barrett Jnr

Kevin Jnr had trained with his father at Yatton for a while, and was a member of the Clevedon club from its opening session. Kevin Jnr was selected for the Higashi national squad, and following the change of association, the WKU national squad. Unfortunately, his karate career was hampered by a long-term knee injury, first sustained in 1997 while roller-booting. However, he and Rory Daniels (see below) became the first students who had been brought through the kyu grades by the Clevedon club to be awarded their black belts, in Bristol on 12th July 1998, under Peter Spanton.

Kevin Barrett Jnr and Rory Daniels, shortly after both achieved 1st dan. Clevedon Mercury, 13th August 1998.




Rory Daniels

Rory was a friend of Kevin Jnr, who brought him along to the Clevedon club's second ever training session. Rory also graded for his black belt on 12th July 1998, and was selected for the Higashi and WKU national kumite squads. Rory moved to Bristol Karate Club in 1998 because of the specialist kumite training it offered. His subsequent domination of the national karate scene for over fifteen years is borne out by the fact that, despite having personally researched and compiled a full list of his own achievements for this history, he is not certain that he has been able to remember everything he won. What follows, however, is the most accurate record that it has been possible to assemble.

A very early example of the hook kick that would go on to serve Rory so well. Circa 1994/5.

He completely dominated the English Karate Federation (EKF) national championships, taking gold for thirteen of the fourteen years from 1997 to 2010, at least ten times in the under 75kg category, and five times at over 84kg. This included golds at both senior and under-21 level in 2002. He won the under 75kg or over 84kg category in the British Karate Federation (BKF) national championships of 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He was the number one fighter for the all-conquering WKU squads which won the EKF team kumite championships of 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and the BKF championships 2008. In each of the first three Commonwealth Karate Federation championships, held in Manchester (2003), Wellington, New Zealand (2005) and Edinburgh (2008), Rory won gold in both the individual kumite categories (under 75kg in 2003 and 2005, over 84kg in 2008), and as part of the victorious EKF teams.

Rory defeats Norway's Geir Magne Brastad, on his way to becoming 2004 world champion.

He fought in three under-21 and five senior European Karate Federation championships, achieving four fourth-placed finishes in individual under 75kg kumite, team silvers at Sofia in 2001 and Bremen in 2003 and team bronze at Tallinn in 2002. At the very highest level, he fought in five World Karate Federation (WKF) championships, which are held bi-annually. He was part of EKF teams that won silver in Madrid in 2002 and bronze in Munich in 2000 and Tampere, Finland in 2006, and finished fourth in the individual under 75kg category in the 2002 Madrid championships. His finest moment, however, came in the November 2004 WKF championships in Monterrey, Mexico. In the individual open weight kumite category, he defeated a succession of top class international fighters, including France's three-time European champion Seydina Baldé in the final, to be crowned world champion.

Rory with his World Championship gold medal, Monterrey, Mexico, November 2004.

In addition to all these championship honours, Rory fought all over the world as part of the EKF squad for international matches from 1998 to 2008, and won kumite medals in numerous international open competitions, including gold in the Venice Cup in 1997, gold, silver, and bronze in the Paris Open in 2003, 2000 and 2002 respectively, and silver in the Dutch Open in 2002. It almost goes without saying that Rory has won so much silverware in regional and local competition that, even if it were possible to compile a full list, it would be impractical to publish it here. He now coaches at Bristol Karate Club, with the WKU squad, and as the EKF southern and south-west regional kumite coach. Most Clevedonians remain unaware that their sleepy seaside town has produced one of this country's most gifted and successful martial artists. Hopefully his inclusion in this history will go some way to rectifying that.

Sarah with her nomination for Somerset Sportswoman of the Year 1998. Clevedon Mercury 2nd December 1998.

Sarah Leakey

Sarah, like Kevin Jnr and Rory, was selected for the Higashi national squad, and, aged 14, was shortlisted for the title of Somerset Sportswoman of the Year in 1998. On 2nd July 2000, she became the first female student of Clevedon Karate Kai to be awarded her black belt. In the same year, she was selected to compete in the world championships in Valencia, Spain.

Polly Smith

Polly, Traditional Karate magazine, August 2003

Achieving 1st dan in karate is a huge achievement for anyone. When Polly Smith did it, on 16th June 2001, it was exceptional, and a triumph of true karate spirit. Polly suffers from Phenylketonuria (PKU), a condition where an enzyme that breaks down otherwise dangerous amounts of protein flowing to the brain, is missing. It can only be controlled through strict adherence to a very low-protein diet. Even with the correct diet, it affects memory, and the lack of protein inhibits physical strengthening. As a result, it was more difficult for Polly than for anyone else both to learn techniques, and to carry them out. She was told by doctors, in 1996, that it would be pointless for her to take up karate, but she joined Clevedon Karate Kai anyway. Five years later she proved them all wrong and graded for her black belt. Throughout that time, she had to be held back rather than pushed, such was her commitment. Just one example of this was an England Wado Kai Open Championship where she competed in team kata with a rupture, so as not to let her team mates down. Of all the students to have come through to dan grade with Clevedon Karate Kai, she is perhaps the most inspirational.

This line-up, circa 1998, features Sarah Leakey (far left, back row), Polly Smith (centre, middle row), and Shaun Langson (right, middle row).

Shaun Langson

Shaun, the younger of Nigel's two sons, also trained at Yatton before the Clevedon Club started, and was therefore also one of the original members. He achieved his black belt on 22nd June 2002, in London, under Peter Spanton. Shaun was first selected for the WKU national squad as a junior in 2002, then as a senior in 2006, and like Rory, was a fixture in its EKF championships team kumite triumphs in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and captaining the winning teams in 2013 and 2014. Those six wins in a row is a record that will probably never be beaten. In the British Karate Federation (BKF) championships, with the WKU team he won junior team gold in 2004, and senior team golds in 2006 and 2011, and team gold in the Commonwealth Championships in 2008.



Shaun (left) fights in a WKU competition at Bradley Stoke in 2006.


Shaun also competed internationally, being selected for the English Karate Governing Body (later Karate England, then the EKF) national squad for the World Karate Federation Championships in Cyprus in 2005, which he didn't make because his jaw was broken in a contest at the British National Championships at Sheffield just a couple of weeks beforehand. He was, however, fit again and selected for the 2006 European Karate Championships in Serbia/Montenegro, in which he reached the quarter-final. After so many team golds, the high point of Shaun's karate career as an individual, came in the 2013 British International Open Championships, when he took individual gold in the under-75kg kumite category. Shaun has also won the Welsh Open, and other regional competitions too numerous to mention, at individual level and with the WKU team.

Chelsie Ware

Shaun (centre) and Chelsie (front, left) show off trophies, June 2004.

Chelsie started training with Clevedon Karate Kai on 23rd May 2001, aged six. She progressed so quickly that, on 5th November 2005 at Bristol Dojo she became the club's, and indeed WKU's youngest ever black belt, aged just ten, a record that still stands. Talented across the karate disciplines, she was a regular selection for WKU national squads in both kata and kumite, and amassed more than 120 trophies and medals in regional and national competitions. Her greatest achievements include competing in the Commonwealth Open Championships at Edinburgh in 2008, defeating the English Karate Federation no.1 Aimee Sell to win the Welsh Open in October 2010, and taking second place in kumite in the British Karate Federation Championship of 2006. She was invited to train with the England national squad on numerous occasions, but never achieved full selection. She also later demonstrated good coaching ability at the club, and in assisting Bath University's kata team.

Chelsie grades for 1st kyu at Kwik Save Hall, 6th February 2005.





Mark at Bristol Karate Club's summer course, the day before his 1st dan grading, 18th July 2009.

Mark Christie

Mark's name is first ticked in the club's attendance book for 6th August 1993, when he was aged five. Several breaks interrupted his training, including a lengthy one for his attendance at university. Sixteen years after first starting, on 19th July 2009, he graded for his black belt at Bristol Dojo under Alan Flook. He is now the Chief Instructor at the club's Yatton sessions, WKU's Assistant Kata Coach, and has achieved 3rd dan.

Michael Dean (Dino)

Dino receives his black belt from WKU Chief Instructor Alan Flook at Bristol Dojo, 9th July 2006.

Dino, as everyone knows him, is perhaps the most constant part of the club's furniture, apart from Kevin and Nigel themselves. He became involved because of his mother's association with All Saints Church, whose hall was the club's first home. He first came through the doors on 5th February 1993. He graded to black belt on 9th July 2006, and has since progressed to 3rd dan.







The Dojos

All Saints Hall

Kevin and Nigel announce the results of another grading at the club's home, All Saints Church Hall, 19th March 2017.

Clevedon Karate Kai held its first ever training session in the hall on the corner of Meadow Road and Old Street, which was then the All Saints Church Hall, also known for many years as the "Little Theatre" and which has been run under several other guises since. All Saints' new church hall, next to the church itself, was opened in late 1993, and the club immediately moved its Friday night session there. The club still conducts its main session of the week there, every Friday, to this day.

Kwik Save Hall

A club grading at Kwik Save Hall, 2nd June 2005.

Kevin and Nigel had been thinking of adding a second night for some time, and in June 2001 they became aware that the spacious Kwik Save Hall, off Southern Way, had become available on a Wednesday evening. This became the main night for a while in 1993 when the old All Saints hall began to undergo building work before the new one was ready. During the time it was used, the Kwik Save Hall saw some club gradings of over 90 students and this period, the early and mid-2000s, in terms of numbers, has been, so far, the heyday of the club. In 2007 the Kwik Save supermarket chain went into administration, and the Clevedon store was closed. The hall, owned and run by the local council, was still used by the club for about a year after this, but in 2008 the council began working on a scheme for a new hospital to be built on the site. To save maintenance costs, the building was closed in 2008, and in 2010 sold to NHS North Somerset. In 2012 the hospital plan was abandoned, and the building was finally demolished in 2013.


Esporta/Virgin Active/Nuffield Health

Press-ups for everyone, Virgin Active Dojo, Bristol, 30th July 2016.

The Esporta leisure club, in Bradley Stoke, Bristol, had run its own karate club for juniors, using outside instructors. In 2004 their previous instructor could not continue, and through communication on the karate grapevine, Kevin was offered, and accepted, the role of instructor there. To provide a wider context and competitive pathway for the kids who trained there, Kevin initially registered it as a separate club with WKU. To save the extra administrative burden, he later absorbed it into the Clevedon club. The leisure club itself has changed hands twice since then, having been Virgin Active for a few years, and now Nuffield Health, but the dojo has endured. Kevin and wife Ann (4th dan) have continued to teach there on Saturday mornings, to this day. Its first dan grade was Luke Jefferies, who graded for his black belt at Bristol Dojo, under Alan Flook, on 12th December 2010, and has since gone on to achieve 2nd dan. Six further students from the club have since graded to 1st dan.

Another grading, at Tickenham Village Hall, 9th July 2017.

Other Venues

Kevin and Dino started a third Clevedon area club night, on a Monday, at Yatton Junior School on 12th November 2007. After achieving 1st dan in 2009, Mark Christie took over as Chief Instructor for this session. With a small but loyal core of attenders it has continued since then.

Following the closure of the Kwik Save hall, the club's Wednesday evening training moved to the old hall at St Nicholas Chantry Junior School. This was short-lived, as the very old wooden-block floor caused some discomfort for the students' feet. Following a brief move to Tuesday nights at All Saints, which was plagued by time overlaps with other groups using the hall, the club resumed Wednesday evening training at the spacious Tickenham Village Hall, and is still there.



The Statistics



Black Belts

Students who make it all the way through the kyu grades to be awarded the rank of 1st dan are very much the exception. Over its first twenty-five years, Clevedon Karate Kai has licensed an estimated seven hundred students. Forty-two (6%) have achieved 1st dan. Eleven club members (1.6%) have gone on to achieve 2nd dan, and only seven (1%) 3rd dan. Only Kevin and Nigel, both now 6th dan, and Ann Barrett, now 4th dan, have gone further than that.

Kyu Grades

These statistics are only available from the beginning of WKUs computer records in 2003, and do not include Esporta/Virgin Active/Nuffield Health members. A total of 363 students have been registered as members of Clevedon Karate Kai (including all existing students at the time records began). The graph above shows what percentage of students have earned each grade, demonstrating the steadily increasing degree of difficulty.

Families

At any Clevedon Karate Kai training session, you will find family members training together. This goes right through the grades, and well over a third of the club's dan grades have a family member who is also a black belt.

Parents and Children

Kevin (Snr), Ann and Kevin (Jnr) Barrett

Nigel and Shaun Langson

Clive and Katie Golding-Ellis

Camilla and Matthew Hutchings

Siblings

Polly and Will Smith

Maria and Mark Christie

Chris, Paul, and John Green

Luke and Max Jefferies

The Rolls of Honour

Dan Grades

A list of the dates of all dan grades awarded to students who were members of Clevedon Karate Kai at the time of the award. Note that some, e.g. Rory Daniels and Shaun Langson at Bristol, have achieved further dan grades after moving to other clubs, which are not shown here. Similarly, some have come to Clevedon from other clubs already holding dan grades, hence some gaps at 1st and 2nd dan below.

Name1st Dan2nd Dan3rd Dan4th Dan5th Dan6th Dan

Kevin Barrett

19/02/94

20/04/96

24/04/99

21/11/04

29/11/09

11/12/16

Nigel Langson

25/02/95

28/06/97

24/06/00

22/10/05

12/12/10

11/12/16

Ann Barrett

10/08/02

22/10/05

03/10/09

11/12/16

 

 

Kevin Barrett Jnr

12/07/98

 

 

 

 

 

Rory Daniels

12/07/98

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Yeomans

11/07/99

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Leakey

02/07/00

 

 

 

 

 

Clive Golding-Ellis

02/07/00

 

 

 

 

 

Polly Smith

16/06/01

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Golding-Ellis

01/07/01

 

 

 

 

 

Will Smith

23/02/02

 

 

 

 

 

Shaun Langson

22/06/02

04/07/04

08/07/07

 

 

 

Martin Dunkley

04/07/04

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Christie

21/11/04

 

 

 

 

 

Mel Crew

03/07/05

 

 

 

 

 

Stuart Richings

03/07/05

 

 

 

 

 

Chelsie Ware

05/11/05

19/07/09

 

 

 

 

Michael Dean

09/07/06

19/07/09

06/12/15

 

 

 

Jessica Adams

09/07/06

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Williams

19/11/06

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Green

08/07/07

19/07/09

 

 

 

 

Zara Thomas

18/11/07

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny May

06/07/08

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Rudge

06/07/08

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Emmanuel

 

 

06/07/08

 

 

 

Stephen LeFevre

 

16/11/08

 

 

 

 

Grace Ball

19/07/09

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Christie

19/07/09

03/07/11

06/07/14

 

 

 

Charles Vaughan

29/11/09

 

 

 

 

 

Carey Frost

 

04/07/10

 

 

 

 

Camilla Hutchings

12/12/10

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Hutchings

12/12/10

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Jefferies

12/12/10

06/07/14

 

 

 

 

Pete Fortune

 

11/12/11

 

 

 

 

Tony Filer

15/07/12

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Green

07/07/13

02/07/17

 

 

 

 

Max Morch-Monstead

07/07/13

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Porteous

07/07/13

 

 

 

 

 

Bhavana Tallam

07/12/14

 

 

 

 

 

Isobel Holloway

07/12/14

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Smart

07/12/14

 

 

 

 

 

Lizzie Haines

07/12/14

 

 

 

 

 

Max Jefferies

05/07/15

 

 

 

 

 

John Green

05/07/15

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis Cocking

06/12/15

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Robertson

03/07/16

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Meredith

03/07/16

 

 

 

 

 

Student of the Year

The Senior and Junior Student of the Year awards were introduced to encourage the most dedicated and committed of students, irrespective of their level of ability. The recipients are listed here.

Senior


YearName

1993

Michael Dean

1994

Ann Barrett

1995

Angela Searle

1996

Rory Daniels

1997

Gordon McGahan

1998

Kevin Barrett Jnr

1999

Wanda Phillips

2000

Sharon Froude

2001

Stuart Richings

2002

Neil Dimery

2003

Shaun Langson

2004

Jonathan Kemp

2005

Chris Green

2006

Michael Dean

2007

James Brooks-Hulin

2008

Simon Rudge

2009

Camilla Hutchings

2010

Paul Green

2011

Mark Christie

2012

Pete Fortune

2013

Mark Christie

2014

John Green

2015

Lizzie Haines

2016

Pip Gaiger

Junior


YearName

1993

Jamie Fry

1994

Alexandra Milne

1995

Paul Dando

1996

Jamie Withyman

1997

Sarah Leakey

1998

Adam Yeomans

1999

Helena Bunce

2000

Danielle Froude

2001

Shaun Langson

2002

Polly Smith

2003

Will Smith

2004

Chelsie Ware

2005

Jess Adams

2006

Daniel Williams

2007

Thomas Chorlton

2008

Bradley Thomas

2009

Chelsie Ware

2010

Matthew Hutchings

2011

Lizzie Haines

2012

Louis Williams

2013

Lewis Cocking

2014

Piotr Oselka

2015

Taijan Dean

2016

Charlotte Ball

The Next Twenty-Five Years

Thank you for reading this history of the first twenty-five years of Clevedon Karate Kai. A look around the club's website tells you that it continues to thrive. Its longevity has meant that we have in recent years seen students such as Tony Filer who trained when they were young return many years later with their own children, or Donna Robertson, who, once her children had grown up, pick up where she left off. Both went on to achieve 1st dan, after a gap in training spanning a couple of decades. We now have 1st dans Lizzie Haines and Lewis Cocking competing at every opportunity in local events and further afield. Who knows how far their karate careers will take them? With youngsters continuing to start from scratch, and a strong body of younger instructors to take the into the future, we sincerely hope to be adding a history of the second twenty-five years in 2042!