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Meet the team

Instructors Assistant Instructors Members Past Members

KSD senior members currently missing form the dojo due to circumstance or injury. We await their return and welcome them back to the dojo any time.

4th Dan

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Tony Gregory
Sensei

Sensei Tony comes and goes as and when his schedule allows ! , Sensei Tony has been in Sensei Daz's life for over 20 years . 

Tony Gregory
Sensei

3rd Dan

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Chris Castle
Doshi

Still struggling to find time to attend the dojo , he needs to re find his Mojo  , hopefull again soon . 

*** Currently away from the club due to Ill Health *** Speedy recovery pal  

Chris is a family man. He and partner Mandy (Karate 1st Dan) have a daughter Bethany (Karate 1st Kyu). Chris has a dog called Dojo - a Staffy that keeps him busy. Chris is qualified in the enviromental sector and loves the outdoors. 

Below is a brief look at my Martial arts history 

SENSEI CHRIS CASTLE 3rd Dan

HISTORY

1984 / 1985: Glenview School

Johannesburg S A

Style Goju-Ryu 

(Instructor Was Student Of) Sensei Bakkies Laubscher

Graded 9th Kyu

1985 / 1987: Rising Sun Karate

Bury

Style Shukokai

Sensei Tommy Kwan

Graded 8th to 5th Kyu

1987 / 1992: Red Sun Karate

Bury

Style Shukokai

Sensei Mick Revell

Graded 4th Kyu to Shodan (Junior)

During 1993 / 1994 my Karate training became less consistent, I wanted to experience other styles, and ultimately I left to pursue this goal. However, Martial Arts soon became a part-time pursuit as I concentrated on my studies / exams over the coming years, after graduating Salford University I decided it was time to return full-time.

2002 / 2004: Prestwich Thai Boxing Club / Phoenix Muay Thai

Prestwich

Style Muay Thai Boxing

Kru Rick Lewis

Graded N/A

I sadly left the club when I moved to Northern Ireland. I tried another Muay Thai Boxing club but wasn’t keen on the atmosphere, (with no other clubs local in my vicinity) I decide to continue my Martial Arts training in my own time, based around a Muay Thai Boxing syllabus. Additional training included skipping for cardio and mixed free weight training and medicine ball core strength conditioning.

Martial Arts training during my youth had instilled within me a discipline which had made me very dedicated to my home training. However, (no one pushes you as hard as a good training partner) and having been a member of the Home Gym Club for so long it was time to get back in the dojo, especially now I was back home in sunny Manchester… 

2011 / Present: Ken Shu Dojo  Karate Club

Whitefield

Style Shito-Ryu / Shukokai

Sensei Darren Barber

Graded Shodan to Sandan

ACHIEVEMENTS

1989:

1st Dan - Shodan (Junior) / Graded

2012:

1st Dan - Shodan (Senior)

12 Month Graded Assessment for Shodan Ratification

KSDKA - Assistant Club Instructor

KSDKA - Junior Grade Officer

2013:  

2nd Dan - Nidan / Graded

2014:

KSDKA - Sensei (Official Title Awarded)

CMAA - First Aid for Sport Cert.

2015:

KSDKA – Club Instructor (Promoted)

KSDKA – Grade Officer (Promoted)

KSDKA – Senior of the Year 2015

2016:

3rd Dan - Sandan / Graded – (Outstanding Performance Grade Cert. Awarded)

KSDKA – Doshi (Offical Title Awarded)

KSDKA - Senior Club Instructor (Promoted)

KSDKA – Trophy / Award – Outstanding Dedication & Loyalty to KSD Karate

2017:

CMAA - First Aid for Sport Cert. (Updated)

CMAA – MAIUK Instructor Cert.

Personal Trainer / Fitness Instructor – Level 3 Diploma

The greatest joy I get from Karate is watching both my daughter Bethany (Junior Shodan) and partner Mandy (Senior Shodan) progress through the ranks, excelling both in grading’s and competition, they have made me very proud. I would just like to thank Sensei Daz and Sensei Will for reigniting my passion for Karate, and I hope to be training with them for many years to come, and not to forget all the great students who make up KSD Karate Club.   

Chris Castle
Doshi

2nd Dan

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Madalin Stanculescu
Sensei

Nidan 2018

Shodan 2016

Shidoin club title award December 2017

Recently Married , :) 

Sensei Award dec 18

Moved away to Bradford  , he is soley missed   

Madalin Stanculescu
Sensei
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Simon McHardy

Work Commitments took Simon away from the Dojo 

Simon McHardy

1st Dan

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Andy Muir
Member

 

Andy is currently away from the dojo with a knee injury  , we await his return 

Andy is a dedicated member training 2 times a week without fail , another 10th kyu to 1st Dan ksd member 

Shodan 2016

Ksd Karate Student of the year 2016 

Andy Muir
Member
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Andy Waldman

Andy is away at Uni living in halls at Huddesfield 

Andy Waldman
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Carl Bagshaw
Founder Member of Ksd Karate

Carl was the first member to go to Black belt 1st Dan with Ksd yes from 10th kyu to 1st Dan , Carl is a founding father / founder member of the club , he is one of the founding fathers as he trained with 4 of us while we tested the space for the old dojo prior to us offering a beginners class ... he is still with us as and when work allows . 

Shodan 2013 

Studen of the year 2010 

Carl Bagshaw
Founder Member of Ksd Karate
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David Heatley

David is recovering from various foot and leg injuries ( not karate related ) 

David Heatley
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Eric Hayes
Member

Currently away recovering from Pnewmonia  , Eric is another old school Karateka and a direct link to Kimura Sensei having trained with Sensei on a few occasions 

Eric Hayes
Member
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Lizzy Dillon

Lizzy is another who is at Uni , Lizzy choose Bangor and is in her second year as i type this , she is doing really well . 

Lizzy trains with her Karate family on her return as and when time alows .

Lizzy Dillon
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Lyndon Heeley

Lyndon is recovering from a recent hip replacement and is due back to training very soon ! 

Lyndon Heeley
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Mateusz Klaslo
Sempai

Relocated to Merseyside , we wish Matt all the best on this Family Move we know we will see him again for sure , and we hope he continues his Karate training as he is a natural .

Shodan 12/13 -May 2018

natural karateka without doubt , even if a tad lazy at times , a bright future in karate i kid you not but work is needed on that Lazy part ;) 

Mateusz Klaslo
Sempai
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Michelle Smith

Michelle moved away , making it dificult to train with us also as a nurse work is another thing that gets in the way  

Michelle Smith
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Ralph Maguire
Sensei

Ralph is awaiting a hip replacement and will be back when able  

We welcome Ralph back as he takes ot steady recovering 

Ralph Maguire
Sensei
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Teagan Dawson
Sempai / Junior Shodan

Teagan is one of Ksd karate longest remaining members and was our first ever Shodan Cadet Black Belt .

Cadet Shodan 2016

Sempai award December 2016 

Away after a foot injury prior to school holidays as our forst ever Cadet Dan Grade we hope for a speedy return 

Teagan Dawson
Sempai / Junior Shodan
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Veronica Stockman

Veronica has recently gone to Uni , she went to Bristol as a straight A student  , this young lady has the world at her feet ! , good luck Vee .

Shodan 2015

Ksd Student of the year 2012

Veronica Stockman
Yasmin Golnar

1st Kyu

Abbie Payne
Member
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Elisha Wright

Elisha loves Karate  

Elisha Wright
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Eve Wheelan

Eve's studdies took her away from us , i am sure she will be back to Karate though as its been part of her life for a long time :)  

Eve Wheelan
James Atter
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Jo Parkes
Member

Jo tested 2nd Kyu 16/10/2016 , 1st Kyu 30/4/2017 

Jo Parkes
Member
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Luan Burns

Lu is struggling with a Knee injury at the time of writing , i know without doubt Lu will return as there is that Black Belt to get ... so close Lu been 20 years in the making ;) 

Luan Burns
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Malyssa Payne
Member

Studies and a weekend job has taken malyssa away for us for a short period  , we wish her good luck and hopfully she will return in due course 

Malyssa Payne
Member
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Rick Hellings
Member

Currently away injured after a operation non dojo related 

Rick Hellings
Member

2nd Kyu

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Maciej Klaslo

Maciej has relocated with Family to Merseyside , we will miss him we know we will see him again , we also hope his Karate training continues in Liverpool .

3rd kyu 10/9/2017 

2nd Kyu 18/3/2018

Maciej Klaslo
Ethan Dawson
Member
Jamie Wade
Matthew Hellings
Member
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Nicole Kulis
Member

Nicole Tested 2nd Kyu 16/10/2016 , March 2017 Nicole has decided to take  a break from training , We hope one day she will return . 

Nicole Kulis
Member
Tara Waldman

3rd Kyu

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Akar Askari

Akar studies at Manchester Uni 

Akar Askari
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Ellen Thornton

Ellen is a keen footballer and thats what takes her away from Ksd , she does pop in to train now and then though 

Ellen Thornton
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Jessica Wade

Jess is concentrating on her studies and is away at Manchester Uni currently 

Jessica Wade
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John Cassasola

A family man and a real grafter work work work with this mate of mine .

John Cassasola
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Jolanta Lejina

3rd Kyu 10/9/2017 

Jolanta Lejina
Jordan Payne
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Rhianna Greene

3rd Kyu 2/12/18

Rhianna Greene
Sophie Strong
Tom McHardy
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Yvonne Stockman

Yvonne Stockman 3rd Kyu 1/4/17 

Yvonne has a Back problem and has taken some time away to recover  , we wish Yvonne a speedy recovery and await her return 

Yvonne Stockman
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