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
Robert Smith 7th Dan Griffin Karate Club
Kevin Barrett 6th Dan Clevedon Karate Club
Nigel Langson 6th Dan Clevedon Karate Club
Mark Haynes 5th Dan Bristol Karate Club
Ryan Lambotte 5th Dan Jersey Wado Ryu
James Smith 5th Dan Yeovil Karate Club
Jim Smith 4th Dan Colchester Traditional Karate Club
Steve Ahearne 4th Dan Jersey Wado Ryu
Jim Smith 4th Dan Colchester Traditional Karate Club
Maxine Baker 3rd Dan Bristol Karate Club
Penny Delmon 2nd Dan Bristol 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.


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. Rob is Chair of the WKU Executive Committee.


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.


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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.


Ryan Lambotte 5th Dan

Jersey Wado Ryu


James Smith 5th Dan

Yeovil Karate Club


Jim Smith 4th Dan

Colchester Traditional Karate Club


Steve Ahearne 4th Dan

Jersey Wado Ryu


Maxine Baker 3rd Dan

Bristol Karate Club


Penny Delmon 2nd Dan

Bristol Karate Club

For the last 18 years Penny has trained at Bristol Karate Club under instructors David Wheatley 8th Dan, Alan Flook 8th Dan and Andy Gunton 7th Dan.


 

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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