Sheppey Karate Club
Sheppey Leisure Centre Off the Broadway, Royal Road Sheerness Kent ME12 1HH
"A Professional Club run by Enthusiasts”
Contact 01795 876567 (H) or Leisure Centre 01995 668061
The club has produced over 136 black belt students, several of which are now 5th Dan Instructors. Sensei Arthur Wallace Chief Instructor 7th Dan SKC is assisted by his wife Frances 5th Dan, Steph Cornford 3rd Dan and several 2nd Dan Instructors. All the teaching staff are registered as KSKC Instructors and CRB cleared to teach young children. Many parents have asked Arthur and Frances what motivates them to spend so much time and energy teaching children. Their answer is simple “Early on we decided what kind of karate club we would like to run.
Our primary objective was to produce over a hundred good quality Black Belts, a strategy underpinned by following several aims, namely to:
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Arthur Wallace is the Chief Instructor of the Sheppey Karate Clubs, a group that has now expanded to over 4 clubs that operate on the Isle of Sheppey. He started training in karate in 1968 at the Rochdale Karate Club under Mike Toze 7th Dan KUGB and gained his kyu grades under Enoeda Sensei. He moved to Kent in 1971, where he continued his training under Ray Fuller 8th Dan chief instructor of the Thames Karate Clubs. Sensei Wallace was responsible for introducing karate to Sheppey and opened his own Dojo in May 1974. Later that year he was awarded his black belt by Kensuke Enoeda 9th Dan (KUGB’s chief instructor). He achieved his 5th Dan Black Belt, under the Thames Grading Panel in 1993 and was awarded his 7th Dan in 2014 by the English Karate Governing Board on recommendation from the Kent Shotokan Karate Clubs. He is also a 1st Dan black belt in Judo and adept with Kobudo (weaponry) I.e.. Sai (short swords) and Rokushu-bo (6 ft staff).
Arthur had a successful professional career as a prison Governor and has now retired to pursue the running of several clubs on the Island. The management skills he developed in the service has greatly enhanced his expertise in running the club in a professional and cost effective manner. The benefits of which, can be clearly demonstrated by the clubs durability and sustained high standards. All three of Arthur and Frances children are former students having achieved their 2nd Dan black belt status.
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