Instructors Annual Awards 2014
JOHN FARLEY (Black Belt 6th Dan)
John has been training in Martial Arts since 1984, and after attending courses with the likes of Soke Jim Bryson In Shirinitsujujitsu, Bill 'Superfoot' Wallace, and 23 times World Kickboxing Champion Jean-Yves Theriault, John decided that Freestyle was the way to go.
As a full time professional instructor since 1984, John decided to join UKASKO because, as well as its policy of non-interference and technical support, he had a completely free hand to design his own syllabus. John now runs a number of clubs in the Aberdeenshire area under the group name of 'JORUKAI'.
As well as Freestyle Karate, he teaches self-defence and impact training, which he describes as a must in today's environment. He specializes in weapons training with the Bo-Staff, Nunchaku and Samurai Sword as his favourites.
John holds a level 2 coaching qualification. and teaches children from 5 years old, with the oldest adult being 58.
John has competed in both Kata and Kumite for a number of years and was runner up in the individual Kumite at the UKASKO Scottish Championships in 2004 and winner of the Weapons Kata in 2006. As far as teaching goes, he is a open minded person and is always looking to please his students by offering them as many different aspects of the Martial Arts as possible.
On a number of occasions, John has been the top instructor in the Association's annual awards and because of his tremendous support for UKASKO, he was more than qualified to be awarded a Dan Grading. Instead he opted to take a technical grading and passed his 6th Dan in 2004, where he excelled with various weapons techniques.
John can be contacted on Tel: 01888 -562192. Mobile: 07759 - 591689 or by e-mail email@example.com
MICHAEL TATTERSALL (Black Belt 6th Dan)
Michael started Shukokai karate in 1983 at the age of 10, and obtained his Black Belt at the age of 14. He started his own club at 17, and now runs 3 clubs, teaching almost every day. He joined UKASKO in 1993 and has been a regular member of the UKASKO England Team since 1997.
Michael has competed at all levels in both Kata and Kumite since the age of 10, and still does. A couple of competition highlights have been winning the UKASKO National Championships in 1998 and coming second in the English Karate Governing Body (EKGB) National Championships in 2004.
Michael was awarded his 5th Dan in 2004 at the age of 31 making him one of the youngest Karate-Ka in the country to achieve this. He is also a qualified Dan Grading Officer.
Additionally he has been in the top twenty instructors annual awards list since 1999 and has been appointed the Associations child protection officer. Michael has now been a professional full time instructor since 1998.
Michael can be contacted on Tel: 07904 -240569 / 0113 - 2947098 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GARETH EDWARDS (Black Belt 6th Dan)
Gareth, together with his wife Meriel 3rd Dan run the Zanshin group of Karate clubs in North Wales. Gareth teaches Shukokai Karate and his specialities include impact training (pad work) and one step sparring/self-defence. He is fully bilingual and speaks Welsh as his first language.
Gareth is the Wales' highest graded Shukokai Karate Instructor, he holds a level 2 coaching qualification with UKASKO and is the association's Chief Grading Officer for North Wales.
Gareth has been a member of United Kingdom All Styles Karate Organisation (UKASKO) since 1993 and in this time has taught over 30 students to Black Belt or higher. He has officiated as chief referee for the Welsh National Karate Tournaments before joining UKSAKO.
In his life outside of karate, Gareth runs the official web site for the Royal Town of Caernarfon. He has been a community member governor at the largest primary school in Gwynedd – Ysgol Yr Hendre School since 2004.
Gareth was awarded his 6th Dan from Shihan Roy Stanhope 9th Dan in October 2011.
STEVE LANGBRIDGE (Black Belt 5th Dan)
Steve started training in 1972 under Master Tatso Suzuki in Wado Ryu at the Judd Street Dojo in London. Sensei Meiji Suzuki took over the running of the club in 1974 and together with Sensei George Canning developed the Mugendo system where Steve continued to train for many years.
In 1978 he joined a small club at his home town of High Wycombe; the Sands Club which taught a style based on Kyokushin. In 1980 Steve also joined a local Wado Ryu club where he trained for 4 years before leaving to join a Shotokan club run by a student of Master Kanazawa.
In 1991 Steve obtained his Black Belt 1st Dan, and shortly after reformed the Sands Karate Club as the Prestwood Karate Club. In November 2008 this was reformed as the South Bucks Karate Academy.
Steve has this unquestionable thirst for knowledge, and because of his open minded policy regarding teaching; he decided to look for a multi-style organisation with a reputation for non-interference. Eventually this search led him to joining the UKASKO, where he continues to train with some of this countries leading instructors.
Steve has also been training for 6 years in American Kenpo where he started again as a white belt.
Steve was awarded his 5th Dan by Roy Stanhope in March 2012 and currently runs clubs at Prestwood, near High Wycombe, and at Newlands School in Maidenhead. www.sbka.co.uk
Steve can be contacted on Tel: 01494 -863949 or via e-mail email@example.com
MARK CONLON (Black Belt 5th Dan)
Mark started training in Shukokai Karate in 1984 with Rob Millner, a former pupil of our current chairman Roy Stanhope 8th Dan. Having passed his First Dan in 1990, he went on to establish the Shogun Karate Club, in 1991. He went on to pass his Second Dan with Tommy Kwan, who was again a former pupil of our Chairman.
He was recently awarded his 5th Dan by UKASKO for his dedication to Karate and his continued support for the association.
His club Shogun www.freewebs.com/shogunmark has grown from strength to strength; producing many dan grades along the way, and is very well established in the Salford area, teaching Kobudo, Iaido, Ken Jutsu and Iai Jutsu.
Mark regularly attends Karate courses along with assistant instructor Mark Toplis, who created the club web-site and works tirelessly to raise the profile of the club and teaches traditional Tani ha Shito-ryu.
Together, Sensei Conlon and Sensei Toplis strive to teach effective, self-defence based Shukokai.
Conlon can be contacted on Tel: 01942 812335 or via e-mail: Shogun.firstname.lastname@example.org
RAY COLEMAN (Black Belt 3rd Dan)
Ray has been practicing Wado Ryu karate since 1986.Achieved black belt 1st Dan in 1990 and 2nd Dan in 1993.Ray joined UKASKO in 1995 and founded Dungannon Cobra Kai Karate Club in Northern Ireland. Ray was promoted to 3rd Dan by Roy Stanhope in 2002.
Over the years Ray has trained with Dave Turton(SDF),Darrin Richardson(Sambo), Matt Thornton(Straight Blast Gym), Iain Abernethy(BCA,Kata Bunkai), Ralph and Royce Gracie ,Sergio Babu,Rodrigos Medieros (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu).
Ray specialise's in Effective Kata Bunkai with a lot of influence from Iain Abernethy. The Cobra Kai also address fighting from the Clinch and the Ground (Both GI and No Gi) ,Ranges which are not usually associated with Karate.Ray has a very open mind with regards to his training and is continually learning and improving his game (Stand up/Clinch/Ground), which is the key to longevity in the martial arts.
After training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2000 Ray eventually got promoted to blue belt by Rodrigos Medieros in 2009.
Ray has been in ukasko top instructors awards since 2000. Ray is married to Arlene and has twin boys Kane and Lewis who not surprisingly both train in the martial arts.
Ray can be contacted on (028)87725490 or 07528843288 or e-mail email@example.com
GARRY LEWIS (Black Belt 5th Dan)
Garry began the art of Shukokai Karate in 1985 at the age of 17 under Sensei Ossie Rowe in the Shukokai Karate Federation.
During this time he had the chance to train on numerous occasions with Master Shigeru Kimura and Sensei Eddie Daniels and won the National Championships in Kumite.
He joined the United Kingdom All Styles Karate Organisation in 1990, during which time he has represented the association at both Kata and Kumite.
Garry passed his Black Belt 1st Dan at the national black belt gradings under Shihan Stanhope in 1994 going on to pass his 2nd Dan in 1999, 3rd Dan in 2002 and being awarded his 4th Dan in 2007 and 5th Dan (after taking a technical grading with Hanshi Stanhope) in 2012. During his time with UKASKO he has had the privilege of attending various courses including Hanshi Roy Stanhope 9th Dan, Shihan Terry Pottage 8th Dan, Shihan Kunio Miyake 8th Dan, Shihan Phil Meade 8th Dan and Shihan Kevin Barlow 7th Dan.
Garry started Komayaka Karate Club in January 2007, which he now runs with his assistant instructors Mike Wilde 4th Dan and Duwain Chase 2nd Dan.
Garry is also a Level III Coach, Association Dan Grade Examiner and Association Regional Referee.
Julius Manyoni (Black Belt 6th Dan)
Julius Manyoni 6th Dan started Martial Arts training back in 1978 in Lau Gar Kung Fu.
At University of Sussex Julius joined a Wado Ryu Karate class and found his passion for the style. Before graduating he started his own Club at Cox Lane, West Ewell and called it Epsom & Ewell Karate Club after joining UKASKO in 1987 as a brown belt now teaching Freestyle Karate. Later that year he gained his first Dan under Shihan Stanhope and Julius has never looked back.
All his Dan gradings were under Shihan Stanhope, including all his students. Julius was awarded 6th Dan by Shihan Stanhope in 2013, and has won top ten instructors award for several years.
MARTIN PETRIE (Black Belt 3rd Dan)
Martin from Aberdeenshire started training in Freestyle Karate in 2000 and later with John Farley of Jorukai from 2003 until 2011.
He recently took over the chief coaching roll of the Rokra Karate Club resulting in its members enjoying reasonable success at the UKASKO Scottish Championships.
Martin fought on the Scotland UKASKO team 3 years in a row and won the heavyweight Kumite in the UKASKO Scottish championships in 2008.
Martin did a training stint in Kyokushin while on a working holiday in Japan back in 2004 and trained in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, Judo and Boxing.
Last year he hosted the UKASKO Scottish Championships and was Scottish Coach for the Kumite team.
Martin is well known in the UKASKO Kumite Circuit, having competed in various competitions and been a member of the Scotland Squad three times. He currently holds the position of Scotland Kumite Coach and is regularly hosting training events for fighters keen to test their skills.
Martin can be contacted by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
PETER WILSON (Black Belt 5th Dan)
Peter was harshly bullied in school which made him think about defending myself in a type of Martial Art. This resulted in him joining a Wado club under the auspices of John Judge 4th Dan.
Several years later the club closed and Peter joined a Shotokan club in 1995. The instructor there was Ron Jones 3rd Dan with Vic Charles 6th Dan officiating at the gradings. A year later upon achieving green belt 6th Kyu was asked if he would assist in teaching the lower belts which he did and later this resulted in him conducting his own classes achieving the grade of 3rd Kyu.
Peter achieved his 1st Dan in 1997 and 2nd Dan in 1999. In 2001 he started his own Karate club at Thanet Judo Kwai in Margate and at the same time joined UKASKO.
In 2001 he passed his Level 2 Coaching Award and also achieved 3rd Dan under Phil Snewin. Later he attended the 16th Annual Gasshuku in Birmingham and won 1st place in the Kata Competition.
In 2004 he achieved his Level 3 Coaching Award.
In 2006 he was awarded 4th Dan under Kevin Barlow 6th Dan who is the associations National Coach, and at that same time qualified as a Dan Grading Officer.
He now considers Karate as a major part of his lifestyle, and especially enjoys learning new Kata's together with their applications. He also enjoys helping people to learn to defend themselves, together with a great sense of pride and satisfaction each time his students are successful at their grading examinations.
Peter can be contacted on Tel: 01843-280684 Mobile: 07890 -461115 or via e-mail email@example.com.