Officers

Dave Wheatley 8th Dan WKU President Bristol Karate Club
Alan Flook 8th Dan Bristol Karate Club
Andy Gunton 7th Dan Bristol Karate Club
Les Birkin 8th Dan Colchester Traditional Karate Club
Ivor Thomas 6th Dan South Gloucestershire Karate Academy
Robert Smith 7th Dan Griffin Karate Club
Brian Wragg 5th Dan Colchester Traditional Karate Club
Kevin Barrett 6th Dan Clevedon Karate Club
Nigel Langson 6th Dan Clevedon Karate Club
Paul James 5th Dan Broadwell Karate Club
Mark Haynes 5th Dan Bristol Karate Club
Jim Smith 4th Dan Colchester Traditional Karate Club
Maxine Baker 3rd Dan Bristol Karate Club
Peter Fortune 2nd Dan Clevedon Karate Club
Steve LeFevre 2nd Dan Bristol Karate Club
Penny Delmon 2nd Dan Bristol Karate Club
Sarah Brueford 2nd Dan Griffin Karate Club

Dave Wheatley 8th Dan

Bristol Karate Club

Dave founded Bristol karate Club over 40 years ago. Under Dave’s leadership the club has built a great reputation and repeatedly won all the top titles. Dave was awarded the Bristol Lord Mayor’s medal for his service to sport karate and is President of the Western Karate Union.


Les Birkin 8th Dan

Colchester Traditional Karate Club

 


Alan Flook 8th Dan

Bristol Karate Club

 


Andy Gunton 7th Dan

Bristol Karate Club

Nine times Kata champion and long time member of the Bristol Karate Club, Andy has trained in Karate for more than 40 years. As an Association National Squad Coach for 17 years he has contributed to an impressive array of competition successes including the English, British and Commonwealth titles. Andy is Chair of the WKU Executive Committee.


RS_1Robert Smith 7th Dan

Griffin Karate Club

Robert has trained and graded under some notable Japanese Instructors and is a founder member of WKU. His achievements include: UKKW South West Squad member – Southern EKA squad member (EKA) – National Squad member EKA; England A class Referee; Child Protection Officer for Club and National Associations; Executive and Technical Committee Member.


Ivor Thomas 6th Dan

South Gloucestershire Karate Academy

Ivor is Chief Instructor at South Gloucestershire Karate Academy and a European Kumite Judge “A”. Ivor has been training in Karate since 1968


markhaynes-new-12-12-16Mark Haynes 5th Dan

Bristol Karate Club

Mark Haynes has been involved in martial arts for many years and is actively involved in the running of Bristol Karate Club. The club is known for its strong kumite team – winners of many English and British titles both teams and individual success and Mark contributes with his experience both as competitor and coach. Mark works with Sarah Brueford as WKU Competition Coordinator and is WKU Treasurer.


Brian Wragg 5th Dan

Colchester Traditional Karate Club

Brian started training in 1980 under sensei Les Birkin at Colchester. He has always been a member of Colchester Karate Club. He graded to 1st Dan in1987, 2nd Dan in 1991, 3rd Dan in 1997 and 4th Dan in 2001, all under Sensei Peter Spanton in HKK. He was awarded 5th Dan by the executive committee of the WKU in 2009.


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Kevin Barrett 6th Dan

Clevedon Karate Club

British Referee and Kata Judge.


Nigel Langson 6th Dan

Clevedon Karate Club

Started training in 1972, in Kyushindo-Ky Karate under George Mayo and Dennis Bendrey in Bristol. Had to take a break from Karate on medical grounds in 1977. Restarted in 1987 in Higashi Karate under Phil Rodgers and Phil Mackenzie at Yatton. Opened Clevedon Karate club November 1992 with Kevin Barrett. Started on the refereeing trail in 1995 and is currently an England Referee.


Paul James 5th Dan

Broadwell Karate Club

 


Jim Smith 4th Dan

Colchester Traditional Karate Club

 


Maxine Baker 3rd Dan

Bristol Karate Club

 


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Peter Fortune 2nd Dan

Clevedon Karate Club


Steve LeFevre 2nd Dan

Bristol Karate Club

 


Penny Delmon 2nd Dan

Bristol Karate Club

For the last 15 years Penny has trained at Bristol Karate Club under instructors David Wheatley 8th Dan, Alan Flook 8th Dan and Andy Gunton 7th Dan.


Sarah Brueford 2nd DANSarah Bruefordh 2nd Dan

Griffin Karate Club

Sarah started Karate as a junior with the Burnham & Highbridge Karate Club, competing for many years on the WKU National Squad, gaining national success within kumite. After a break from karate to attend University, Sarah joined the Griffin Karate Club where she is co-instructor and is the club squad kumite coach. Sarah Brueford is also WKU Competition Coordinator with Mark Haynes.


 

 

 

WKU Western Karate Union is a non profit making association promoting the study and practice of Karate, organising tournaments, competitions, courses and events. Members work at local, national and international levels. WKU regulates safe and structured training and examination and certification of karateka.

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