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Fred Bateman – 5th Dan Anshin Ryu Karate, 1st Dan Kamishin Ryu & 3rd Dan Matayohsi Kobudo Kodokan
Sensei Fred Bateman is a very experienced martial artist with over 30 years experience, who has spent time and graded in Okinawa Japan. He still trains in classes in both Karate and Kobudo where his current instructors are Sensei Phil Snewin for Kamishin Ryu Karate (www.kamishinryu.com) and Sensei Franco Sanguinetti for Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan (www.bushikan.com). He believes that good instructors need good teachers above them. Some other qualifications he holds are Level III Coaching Qualification in Martial Arts, has First Aid Certification, up to date, as well as keeping his Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously called CRB) up to date.
Chris Bateman 3rd Dan Anshin Ryu
Chris is currently a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Anshin Ryu Karate-do. She has also trained and graded in Kobudo. Chris has competed for UKASKO English Kata squad at international level. She has also held the UKASKO Senior Ladies National Kata Title. She is extremely adapt in her martial art instruction and is a stickler for perfection. Sadly Chris takes a minor role at teaching due to her disability in which she has arthritis of the lower spine. This prevents her from training but she is a big help as an assistant instructor.
Stuart Bateman 3rd Dan Anshin Ryu
Stuart is one of the senior Instructor's for the Anshin Ryu Karate system, and has been training in martial arts since the age of 7. He is currently a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Anshin Ryu Karate-do. His other martial background covers Kobudo, Kamishin Ryu and Ninjutsu. Stuart holds the UKASKO national senior Kata title, winning this in two consecutive years. He has also competed for UKASKO English squad at international level. His vast knowledge in Kata is second to none, and has trained with international karate instructors. His university background provided him with the vital experience for classes in fitness, such as circuit training, which is also taught in the classes.
Justin Kotze 1st Dan Anshin Ryu
Justin is one of our senior Dan grades which we now value as a Sensei. He takes his martial arts very serious and has studied in other art forms, such as Wing Chung. He is now learning Kamishin Ryu as he thinks this is a natural progression from Anshin. But he is also still very involved in the Anshin system. Sensei Justin is also a Kodokan Martial Arts grading officer for the Anshin Ryu Karate. Furthermore, he has trained and competed for the UKASKO English Kumite Squad.
These are Shodan and above members that want to become an instructor. To do this they will go through a training regime to qualify. The current members are:
James Boyd 1st Dan Anshin Ryu
Sempai James qualified as Shodan (1st Dan black Belt) in 2011. He is a skilled martial artist and has the quality to become a Sensei with the Kodokan Martial Arts Anshin Ryu School. He has been the winner of the Kodokan Martial Art's Best Junior Grade shield in 2010. At present we see him from time to time as he is studying at University.
Michael Dean 1st Dan Anshin Ryu
In November 2013 Sempai Michael achieved his Shodan (1st Dan) black belt. He is studying hard to become an Sensei of Anshin Ryu Karate and has the right attitude to make it. He is always seen helping out in class especially in our Saturday classes where he helps our Little Dragons group and takes the junior class. However, at present you will only see him during certain times of the year as he is studying at University. There he has created he own group.