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Geoff Body Trophy

Black Belt Achievers

Name

Date

1st DANS

 

N. WELCH

21/08/77

A. GOREY

14/05/82

A. TRUMP

12/06/82

A. TARRANT

10/09/82

P. MANGHAM

11/06/83

D. CARTER

11/02/84

S. WOOLCOMBE

09/06/84

R. DURHAM

07/12/85

I. COLLINS

07/12/85

L. SMITH

02/05/86

J. CLARKE

02/05/86

T. DONNAN

12/05/89

R. HICKS

14/12/91

P. TAPP

08/05/92

D. THOMAS

03/09/93

S. CLARK

28/08/97

M. BILL

03/09/98

J. TINNING

29/08/99

A. WILLIAMS

24/10/04

F. TURLEY

11/12/04

P. WHITE

28/08/05

2ND DANS

N. WELCH

14/05/82

A. GOREY

07/12/85

P. MANGHAM

11/06/88

R. DURHAM

09/09/88

D. JONES

03/12/88

S. CLARK

30/04/00

J. TINNING

03/12/05

3RD DANS

N. WELCH

02/05/86

R. DURHAM

08/05/92

 

 

 

About the Club
History - con't

The first grading was held in late 1977 under Sensei Andy Sherry (Chairman of the Karate Union of Great Britain. Present at that first training session and grading was a young, up and coming star of the KUGB, Frank Brennan, who had been newly promoted to Black Belt.

Subsequently all gradings were undertaken by Japanese instructors, first Sensei Tomita, 6th Dan, and after his return to Japan, Sensei Ohta, 6th Dan, Sensei Enoeda, 8th Dan, has also visited a number of times.

The Club moved from Trull when the new Community Hall was built in Comeytrowe. Originally the Club met on Mondays and Wednesdays until it was decided to move the Wednesday session at Comeytrowe to a Friday night at the new Blackbrook Sports Centre.

Between 1991 and 1996 firstly Richard Hicks and then for many years Dominic Jones led the club. When Dom left for the midlands Norman was enticed to return to teaching again and the club continues to build on its successes.

Over the years Taunton Shotokan Karate Club has entered many competitions, taking the team Kumite title of the Southwest Championships in 1978, with Norman taking the Senior Men�s Kumite title.

The Club has undertaken a huge number of demonstrations to various clubs, societies and organisations over the years, including, Cub packs, Scout groups, 18 plus, Young Farmers, Women�s Institute, school fetes etc all in order to promote a better understanding of Karate and Shotokan Karate in particular. Our best demonstrations was held at a Martial Arts Festival at Wellington Sports Centre, where along with students from Tae-Kwon-do, Aikido, Judo, Wado-Ryu Karate etc. a large number of members of the public were treated to a day long extravaganza. The Taunton Shotokan demonstration was felt by many to be the highlight of the day because of the realism and effectiveness of the demonstrated techniques. (Club members may borrow a video of this event from Norman).

On a sadder note, following the untimely death of a young club member - Geoff Body, his family donated a trophy which it was decided would be used to record the names of club students as they passed their Black Belt examination. Students keep the trophy until they can pass it on to the next successful person to obtain a Black Belt.

In the early years the nearest Shotokan club was in Bath.

The Taunton Club was instrumental in promoting Karate throughout Somerset.

In the 1980�s Norman invited members of Glastonbury Karate Club to train as they had no instructor at the time and therefore eagerly accepted. He even went to Glastonbury to teach once a week. Eventually the students graded across to Shotokan and joined the KUGB. From there Shotokan karate has radiated out to other towns such as Wells, Frome, Bridport and Barnstaple in North Devon.

Our efforts to promote Karate, have always included inviting instructors from other styles to attend training sessions and in Taunton at least, all styles are welcomed on a friendly first- name basis!

Since the death of Sensei K Enoeda (9th Dan) there has been split between the Japan Karate Association (JKA) and the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), so a difficult choice had to be made, which path to follow? After long discussions we have come to a conclusion that because of our close links with Sensei Ohta we should support him further.

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