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Tony Clarke

Tony Clarke is a 4th Dan instructor who started his martial arts training 34 years ago at the age of 18 in the style of Lau Gar, kung fu. He was trained by Sifu Peter Edwards, the now WAKO semi contact world champion, also at this time Tony was a member of the Territorial Army, serving four years with the 2nd Battallion the Wessex Regiment in Reading Berkshire.
After several years training in Lau Gar Kung Fu, he Joined the Thames Valley police force where he studied Tai Jitsu, putting what he had learned to practical use on the streets. On leaving the Police force he started training in Traditional Shotokan karate with Sensai John Van Weenen, but left after two years because he felt that a style with such low stances did not suit him.
On looking for another style to which he was better suited he discovered the E.W.S.K.A (English Wado-Ryu Sport Karate Association) and found he had gone full circle. The Wado Ryu Sport Karate was very similar in style to Lau Gar, intensive, relaxed, graceful, non macho, friendly and fun, everyone learning at their own pace. The Sensai was an 8th Dan named Clayton Murrain, and Tony stayed with him for several years. When Clayton moved on, Tony stayed with his senior instructor Eddie Mountney and the newly formed USKO (United Sport Karate Organization) and it was here that he met Bronwen his Partner.

As well as the Martial arts, Tony was interested in Fitness and body dynamics, and in 1998 attended a year long course with Premier Fitness & development at Windsor Sports Centre, gaining a full Diploma in Personal Fitness training and Sports Injury Therapy.
After years of training and attending many courses with the USKO Tony and Bronwen left to start the Candleford Wado-Ryu Sport Karate Club.
In 2000 Tony attended a course run by the AMA (Amateur Martial Association) gaining a Diploma in Martial arts training and Coaching skills.
In 2006 Tony entered the FSKA (Freestyle Karate Association) National Championships in Manchester, winning two third
places for both Kata (forms), and Kumite (fighting).
In 2008 Tony & Bronwen set up one day practical self protection and personal safety courses for Tewkesbury borough Council, and in 2010 Tony spent a year training in Escrima (stick fighting) and knife defence.


 Bronwen Morgan

Bronwen Morgan is a 4th Dan instructor with over 20 years experience in Sport karate. She began her karate training with Clayton Murrain at the EWSKA (English Wado-Ryu Sport Karate Association). Then after several years when Clayton moved on she stayed with his Senior Instructor Eddie Mountney and the newly formed U.S.K.O (United Sport Karate Organization) where she stayed for many years, regularly training and attending many courses all over the country. In 2000 Bronwen attended a course run by the AMA (Amateur Martial Association) gaining a Diploma in Martial arts training and Coaching skills.
As well as being a karate instructor Bronwen is also an international yoga teacher & a Yoga Therapist, teaching yoga in the U.K, Spain and Ireland. In the Dojo Bronwen is able to bring her yoga training into use, helping students and instructors with warm up and stretching exercises which are both safe and effective. Bronwen is also a fully qualified Remedial Sports massage therapist, having studied and completed national and international diplomas at Champneys college of Health and Beauty in Tring Hertfordshire. After many years of training and attending many courses with the USKO Tony and Bronwen left to start the Candleford Wado-Ryu Sport Karate Club.
In 2006 Bronwen entered the FSKA (Freestyle Sport Karate Association) National championships in Manchester, beating Tony's tally of two third places by winning two second places for Kata (forms) and Kumite (fighting).
In 2008 Bronwen along with Tony, set up one day practical self protection and personal safety courses for Tewkesbury borough Council.
 

Adam Downer

Adam Downer is a 1st Dan instructor and has been studying and training in the martial arts for 16 years. He originally started in kick boxing but soon realised that he preffered the technicalities of Karate kata and self defence. Adam is very precise when performing kata, and has the ability to de-construct each move making it easier for beginners to learn. He also enjoys the self defence aspect of martial arts and excels in its practical application, often adapting defence techniques to suit the smaller and less strong person.

            

Josh Levy

Josh Levy is a 1st Dan instructor who has been studying martial arts for around 15 years, he has come through the ranks of the club joining as a child at eight years of age with his father and two sisters. He enjoys teaching the syllabus especially the practical applications of self defence techniques and excels in working with the hand pads & kick bags, teaching both power and accuracy and incorporating both jumping and spinning kicks.  





















 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
  
 









  




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