Selby Shotokan Karate Club Members

Saturday 20 November 2010

Matthew Beard

Matt and Kagawa Shihan - March 2017

Matt and Kagawa Shihan - March 2017

Matt and Kagawa Shihan - March 2017

Assisting Kagawa Shihan Mach 2017
Assisting Kagawa Shihan March 2017
Matt with Steve Carless Sensei - JKS Summer Cse - July 16

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Kagawa Sensei 8th Dan JKS World Chieef Instructor with Matt

Alan Campbell Sensei 6th Dan JKS England Chief Instructor with Matt

Yamaguichi Sensei 7th Dan JKS with Matt after his Shodan  Grading 

Christmas Display 2011

May 20131stSSKCO16  Mixed Kata
2nd kyu +
May 20133rdSSKCO16  Kumite 2nd kyu +
May 20122ndSSKCO16  Kata 2nd kyu +
May 20113rdSSKCO16 Kumite 2nd kyu +

Matthew's Grades
9th Kyu6th December 1998
8th Kyu7th March 1999
7th Kyu13th June 1999
6th Kyu5th December 1999
5th Kyu12th March 2000
4th Kyu28th May 2000
3rd Kyu3rd December 2000
2nd Kyu3rd June 2001
1st Kyu2nd December 2001
1st Dan
13th October 2012
2nd Dan
22nd February 2015
3rd Dan
10th March 2018

Date of Birth: 13th December 1979

Home Town: Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Date entered martial arts:  September 1998

Date entered Selby Shotokan Karate Club: October 2010

Karate Highs: JKS Japan Trip 2012, gaining Shodan on first attempt with Yamaguichi Sensei, having regular access to Brown & Black belt courses and other courses providing tuition from some of the best Karateka in the world.

Karate Lows: 8 year break in training

Favourite Kata: Heian Nidan – first Kata with a kick and a lot going on in the bunkai for the kick section at such an early stage. The Kata as a whole I feel is quite a large leap from Heian Shodan.
Junro Sandan – I really like the theme and it provides me with memories of the the particularly good training session where I learnt it.
Bassai Dai – I feel it is quintessential to Shotokan.
Empi – I find it challenging.
Sochin – Surprised myself (and Sensei) by learning the moves in the right order as a 9th Kyu.
Meikyo – easy to pick up, very difficult to master.

Karate Ambitions: 3rd Dan before I’m 40. Grade in the Hombu Dojo. Learn/try to work out more Bunkai. Do my best and hopefully encourage/inspire others to do the same.

Other Interests:  Kettlebells, Field Archery, Hillwalking. Spending time with my wife and 2 boys.

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