Shikukai Weymouth.

Weymouth Dorset, UK.

Locations:


Weymouth Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre, Knightsdale Road, Weymouth.

Training Times

Wednesday

5.15 to 6.15pm

Children 7 to 15 yrs.

The Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland, Dorset.

Training Times

Wednesday

7.15 to 8.15pm

16 yrs +




Steve Rawson competing in mens kata, Tokyo Japan.

Instructor Profile; Steve Rawson.


I started Karate in 1974 aged 13 years. I knew nothing of styles, types, or authenticity of Karate, but went along to a club in Doncaster . After my first lesson I remember saying I would stick at Karate and get my Black Belt.

Ken and Margaret Genery were the founders of the club and the driving force behind its success. Training was different then with a lot of emphasis being based on speed, strength, and having forearms of steel, brought on by hours of Soto and Uchi Uke practice. The syllabus and variety of techniques taught in those days were somewhat limited compared to today.

After 4 months I took my first grade with Maeda Sensei who was the first Black Belt I had ever seen. As a Brown Belt I would help teach the beginners. This was fine until I failed my Dan Grade twice. Ken's response to me was “no teaching, just training” which I did 2 hours a night 3 times a week for the next 6 months.

I passed my Dan Grade after the 1979 Summer Course at Eastbourne . It was on this course that I met Sugasawa Sensei for the first time; little was I to know what an influence he would be to my future Karate training. It was at this point that Pam began training at the Doncaster Club, and we married in February 1981. We moved to Chippenham and started our own Club in November 1981.

Sugasawa Sensei was invited to Chippenham to conduct our first ever Training & Grading session and has continued to head the club since then, providing inspiration, guidance, and above all the true philosophy of Wado-Ryu Karate.

With our own three children in tow, we decided to form a children's class. Over the years we have seen these youngsters grow up into fine adults and excellent Karate-ka, several of whom are now Black Belts. We have also had students compete at Local, National, International, and World class level. I have achieved the various levels of Dan Grade as follows: 1st Dan August 1979, 2nd Dan August 1983, 3rd Dan February 1991, 4th Dan March 1996, 5th Dan October 2004, 6th Dan 2013.

Since 1974 I have trained with the following Japanese Senseis and am indebted to their willingness to pass on their knowledge of Wado-Ryu Karate: Maeda, Wakamei, Yamanashi, Kobayashi, Nishimura, Prof T. Suzuki Hanshi, M. Shiomitsu Hanshi, K. Sakagami, P. Suzuki, Grandmaster H. Ohtsuka 2 nd , K Ohtsuka, Noboru, K Harada; Y.Iwasaki and F. Sugasawa. My thanks also go to the following British Karate-ka who over the years have been involved in my instruction: Ken Genery, Andrew Genery, Suzanne Genery, John Morton, George Grimes, Arthur Meek and Nick Quilliam.

Karate has given me the opportunity to travel the world, making many friends on the way. I have competed at Kata in many places winning several trophies, but by far, to be able to compete in Japan had to be the pinnacle. I intend to practise and teach authentic Wado-Ryu Karate to the best of my ability for as long as I can.


Pam Rawson & Carol Chatterton representing England in team kata.


Instructor Profile; Pam Rawson.

I started Karate in 1979. I had never taken an interest in karate or martial arts before; my hobby was ballet. By the end of that first class I was hooked and never looked back! In fact, on my second lesson I was to meet Steve, my future husband. He had just passed his 1st Dan and was a young 18 year old! I trained hard, three times a week, and after 18 months was a 4th kyu. We married in February 1981 and started our Club in Chippenham. As a 3rd Kyu I often had to run the Club myself while Steve was away, so it was a steep learning curve for me.

I passed 1st Dan in November 1983. Our first child Kimberley was born in September 1984, with our son David following in September 1986. I had been training throughout as much as possible and obtained 2nd Dan while David was still a toddler. Our third child, PJ was born in 1989. It was very difficult to maintain that level of training, and run a Club with all the family commitments, but we survived, and I was awarded 3rd Dan in 1992.

I was very fortunate then to resurrect my competition career in earnest. I won several National titles and represented England for Kata at European Championships in Rome, Nurnberg, Budapest, Zurich and England, being placed at each one, and winning the European Title in Budapest. In 1994 I came 2nd in Ladies Kata at the Wado Ryu Championships in Tokyo . Earlier in the year, Squad Coach Bob Flowers had selected me, Carol (from our Club) and Nicky Hawker from Bristol to train together as a Ladies Kata Team. We won the EKGB Nationals and also the British Championships that year. This meant we represented England at both the European All Styles Championships at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham and also The World All Styles Karate Championships in Kota Kinabulu, Malaysia . I obtained 4th Dan in 1997. By this time all three children had been training for several years and the whole family competed in the 1999 World Wado Ryu Championships in Tokyo. Our Club celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2002 and many of the youngsters we had then are now adults! I felt very privileged to be awarded 5th Dan in October 2004, after returning from a very successful Shikukai trip to Japan , where I reached the finals of the Ladies Kata event. In 2005 I represented England in Kata at the World Wado Ryu Championships in Reading.

In 2013 Steve and I moved to Weymouth on the south coast and handed over the Olympiad Club to Carol Chatterton. At that time I was awarded 6th Dan by Sugasawa Sensei. Since settling in Weymouth we have started a new club and have also enjoyed teaching abroad in Hungary and Norway.

As well as training with Sugasawa Sensei, over the years I have trained with Grandmaster H.Ohtsuka II and the following Senseis: Prof. T Suzuki, M Shiomitsu,

K Sakagami, Y Iwasaki, the late T Takamizawa, Peter Suzuki, S Noboru, Yamanashi, Nishimura, K Harada, and K Ohtsuka.

I get an enormous amount of pleasure in being an Instructor, watching students' progress and really seeing them improve, both physically and mentally as a result of Karate. I am indebted to Sugasawa Sensei for his guidance and first class teaching, and also to my fellow instructors and students for their unwavering support.

 

 

 



Contact details:
weymouthkarate@btinternet.com

Tel: 01305 759284
Mob: 07976 966152

Club Instructors:
Steve Rawson 6th Dan
Pam Rawson 6th Dan.

 

 
 
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