In January 2012 I was introduced with the senior Instructor of the club I was at, to Sensei Charles Gidley 8th Dan who was the technical director of the British Shotokan Kyogi International, a well respected instructor throughout the world, Sensei Gidley trained under the guidance of Enoeda Sensei from 9th kyu up to 3rd Dan, then after with Abe Sensei from Japan Shotokan Karate Association.
After this meeting I was hooked on the idea of training under Sensei Gidley to further my journey in karate.
After many discussions it was decided to pull ties with the club and to follow the Shotokan way of training and on the 31st May 2012 Shugyou Karate Do was born.
We became association members of the BSKI under the umbrella of Shima as we had been training until then in both Shotokan and Goju styles, since2014 we have concentrated solely on the Shotokan style and in 2016 was accepted into the association as a full Shotokan club, this was fantastic news and confirms that the club, Instructors and students have worked really hard to achieve this accolade.
Before the end of 2012 we had decided that rather then run classes in hired halls we wanted to open our own Dojo and after looking around we found a suitable place where we could set up our permanent home in a mill just off the centre of Halifax, over the next few months students, there parents and our selves worked hard to get the dojo ready to receive students into our new home and on the 1st March 2013 Shugyou had its own full time permanent fully kitted out dojo.
In 2015 after 2 years of Judging at competition's I passed the BSKI Refereeing exam and in June of 2015 was honoured to be involved in the JSKA European championships in Glasgow as a corner Judge, followed in October was in charge of a tatami at the BSKI/JSKA - Great Britain National Championships, finishing the year off in November helping judge at the United World Karate Nationals Tournament in Sheffield.
After 5 years training in the holdsworth mills in Haifax we sadly will be leaving the premises on August 31st 2018, we are at this moment submitting planning and change of use for premises in Deanclough, once the application is accepted the unit requires a lot of updating which will take 4 to 8 weeks to complete, fortunately we have a place to continue training 5 days a week at Studio 59 at the holdsworth mills commencing Tuesday4th September updates on class times will be posted nearer the time
Sensei Marc Leacock 7th Dan BSKI with Myself Bassai Dai Seminar 2014.
After many years training in Karate and then teaching and spreading the word of how karate could be beneficial to people in all walks of life I felt I wanted more.
In February 2011 I was asked to take the step to open classes in an area of Yorkshire and run them for the then club I was training at. At first this seemed a very exciting time for me in my karate journey and within six months had opened 6 classes throughout Halifax, all the classes were run on an evening in school and church halls by my son and myself under the banner of the club.
Receiving 2nd Dan Certificate February 2015
Shugyou Shotokan Karate Do
Halifax only club to be affiliated to the British Shotokan Kyogi, JSKA Great Britain and Amateur Martial Association
Passing Referee course September 2015
After Taking Nidan (2nd Dan) Grade.
With Sensei Charles Gidley , Sensei Marc Leacock