Our Instructors

Rob Welsh Rob Welsh (7th Dan and Chief Instructor of Tamworth Shotokan Karate Club)

Rob started training in 1974 at St. Lukes College Exeter, where he was studying for a Teaching degree.

His home club was Wolverhampton Shotokan Karate Club and his main instructors were Neil Thomas and Mick Wragg. At college he joined the Exeter Shotokan Karate Club and his main instructors were Dave Collacott and Ron Hicks.

He gained his 1st Dan in 1978 and in 1980 passed his Refereeing qualification. He has refereed in numerous championships since.

In competition Rob has gained 1st place in the Central Region Championships in Team Kumite, Team Kata and in Individual Kata. Also when a Brown Belt he won the Brown belt kata section of the Shotokan Cup. He appeared in the senior kata finals of National competitions on three occasions, his best place being 3rd (behind Frank Brennan and Gary Harford).

Rob achieved his 6th Dan in 2006 and his 7th Dan in 2015 making him the highest grade in the Central Region.

Rob has been involved “behind the scenes” in the KUGB since the early ‘80s and is currently the Central Region Officer.

His ambitions are to continue training for as long as it is physically possible and to pass on his knowledge to his club members.

Rob cites his proudest moments as: seeing his students gain their Black Belts (especially the senior grades); and having the Tamworth club win the best overall club award at the Central Region Championships for 7 years running.


Paul Archer Paul Archer (6th Dan)

Paul started karate in 1974 as many people did during the ‘Bruce Lee Era’. He had originally practised Judo from an earlier age and thus already had an interest in the martial arts.

He joined the Tamworth Shotokan Club from the outset and has trained with the Club continually from that time. His early instructors were Senseis Kawasoe, Tomita, Rick and Mick Jackson from Coventry and later Cyril Cummins from Birmingham.

He gained his 1st Dan in 1981, his 5th Dan in 2006 and latterly his 6th Dan in 2016. He trains regularly on most KUGB courses and is an approved KUGB Assessor.

Paul remains committed to the KUGB and has been the Central Region Treasurer for several years.

 


Lin Welsh Lin Welsh (6th Dan)

Lin started training in 1976 at St. Lukes College Exeter, where husband-to-be Rob Welsh had affiliated a KUGB club. Unsurprisingly, her main instructors were Rob Welsh and Ron Hicks.

She gained her 1st Dan in 1980. In 1984 Lin passed her Judging qualification being one of the very first ladies to pass and has been seen either judging or working a table at numerous championships since. In recent years she has run the main table at the Nationals and other Championships.

In competition Lin has gained 1st place in the Central Region Championships in Team Kata on several occasions and once in Individual Kata (the same year that husband Rob won the Mens Kata). She has appeared in the senior kata and Team Kata finals of National competitions on a number of occasions, her best place being 3rd in the Team Kata.

She achieved her 5th Dan in 2008 and her 6th Dan in 2016.

Lin has been involved “behind the scenes” in the KUGB since the early ‘80s firstly as the Regional Secretary and now as a Championship Committee member.

 


Karen Burnham Karen Burnham (5th Dan)

Karen began training in Shotokan Karate in 1981. Her Father wanted her “to do something so she could look after herself”. She joined the Castle Bromwich Shotokan Karate Club at 12yrs of age and achieved her 1st Dan in 1986, 2nd Dan in 1996, 3rd Dan in 2002, 4th Dan in 2008 and 5th Dan in 2016.

She entered many competitions during the 1980’s. The highlight was becoming Grand Champion at the National Students’ Championships in 1986. She was also a member of the Central Region Squad during this time and is currently a member of the Central Region Kata Squad.

Karen has been teaching karate since 1985. As a student and instructor she believes that Shotokan Karate is powerful, controlled and realistic.

 


David Burnham David Burnham (2nd Dan)

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Isabel Mooney Isabel Mooney (2nd Dan)

Isabel started training in 2003. She went and looked at a number of clubs, but said none of them "felt right." She was just about to give up when she heard about Tamworth Shotokan Karate club and decided to go along and take a look. She has not looked back since. From her very first lesson she was made to feel welcome and part of the club.

Isabel went on to train regularly every week under the Instruction of her chief Instructor Rob Welsh 7th Dan and achieved her 1st Dan in 2009, her Instructor qualification in 2010, her 2nd Dan in 2011 and her Judges qualification in March 2013.

She now trains three to four times a week and regularly attends and trains on courses run by her organisation the KUGB under the Instruction of Sensei Sherry 9th Dan and other Senior Instructors. Isabel is a member of the Central Region Kata Squad for the sixth year running under the instruction of Sensei F Brennan 8th Dan. She regularly helps out as an official at competitions.

Isabel states her proudest moment was passing her 1st and 2nd Dan and puts her success and confidence down to the excellent training given by her chief club Instructor Rob Welsh, the other Tamworth karate club Instructors and Sensei F Brennan.

Isabel's next aim is to pass her 3rd Dan and her Referee's qualification in which she hopes to achieve in the future. She also wants to continue to train regular and to become more involved in the club and the KUGB.


Dan Mooney Dan Mooney (2nd Dan)

Dan started training at Tamworth Shotokan Karate club in 2005 at the age of eight under the club's Chief Instructor Rob Welsh 7th Dan.
He gained his 1st Dan in 2009, 2nd Dan in 2011 and his Instructor Qualification in 2012.
In competition Dan has gained 1st place in the Central Region Team Kata, Individual Kata and Kumite on numerous occasions. He has also appeared and had success in the finals at National competitions.  

Dan is a member of the Central Region Kata Squad under the Instruction of Sensei F Brennan 8th Dan.
In January 2012 he was selected onto the England kata squad under the Instruction of KUGB's Chief Instructor Sensei Sherry 9th Dan and the England Junior Kumite squad under the Instruction of Sensei F Brennan 8th Dan. In August 2012 he represented England at the Grand slam coming 2nd in the final of the Kumite event for his category.

Dan puts his success down to the excellent training he receives from all his club Instructors and also being in a lucky position to be taught by Sensei Sherry and Sensei Frank Brennan.
Dan's future ambition is to take his competing to the next level and represent England in the European and World championships.


Ian Davis Ian Davis (2nd Dan)

Before Ian moved to Tamworth he had been studying various forms of karate and other martial arts. When he relocated he decided to look up martial arts classes in the area. He came across Tamworth Shotokan Karate Club. After looking into the history of the club he discovered it was part of the KUGB so thought he would give it a try. From his very first session he knew it was the club for him. It's friendly atmosphere, the structure of the club and being able to train with Sensei's of a high quality and being taught traditional pure karate was refreshing.

Ian has been training under the Instruction of Tamworth Shotokan's Karate Clubs chief Instructor Rob Welsh 7th Dan and the other club Instructors for seven years now. He gained his 1st Dan in 2011, his Instructor Qualification in 2012 and his 2nd Dan in July 2016.

Ian's next aim is to continue training hard in order to gain his 3rd Dan black belt. Ian states "Being a black belt under the Instruction of Sensei Rob Welsh and the other Tamworth Instructors is a great honour, being able to train with other famous Sensei's is a great experience. I am proud to be part of this great club."



Sandy Bailey Sandy Bailey (1st Dan)

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Vicki Bailey Vicki Bailey (2nd Dan)

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