club intends to continue to maintain the high level of training
for which it is renowned. New students will be taught the correct
form of Shotokan Karate as practiced in Japan and taught to us by
our Japanese Sensei. The club instructors led by Norman Welch will
ensure that all new members undergo a structured training programme
to enable them to learn quickly and safely and reach the required
level of fitness and ability for each grade. With over 8 Black Belts
in the club ranging from Ist to 3rd Dan members are assured of excellent
gradings (which are preceded by a training session) are held every
three months with Japanese instructors. There are opportunities
to train up to the highest level for all members of the club, through
the JKA England, and many of courses are subsidised the club.
club has a very active social life and newcomers are always made
Welch started Taunton Shotokan Karate Club in 1977. He had moved
to Taunton to take up employment and found that the only local club
studied under the Wado-Ryu style. As a first Kyu (brown-belt) he
wanted to continue his previous study in the Shotokan style.
The first session was on a Monday night in May 1977, at Trull Memorial
Hall there were 5 people present!
the following months more and more people turned up (the "Bruce
Lee" phenomenon had just started).
Eventually Norman ran 4 classes a week (2 each night) until the
numbers stabilised, and for many years there were at least 30 students
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