Meet the team
Sensei Tony comes and goes as and when his schedule allows ! , Sensei Tony has been in Sensei Daz's life for over 20 years .
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
1984 / 1985: Glenview School
Johannesburg S A
(Instructor Was Student Of) Sensei Bakkies Laubscher
Graded 9th Kyu
1985 / 1987: Rising Sun Karate
Sensei Tommy Kwan
Graded 8th to 5th Kyu
1987 / 1992: Red Sun Karate
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
Style Muay Thai Boxing
Kru Rick Lewis
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
Style Shito-Ryu / Shukokai
Sensei Darren Barber
Graded Shodan to Sandan
1st Dan - Shodan (Junior) / Graded
1st Dan - Shodan (Senior)
12 Month Graded Assessment for Shodan Ratification
KSDKA - Assistant Club Instructor
KSDKA - Junior Grade Officer
2nd Dan - Nidan / Graded
KSDKA - Sensei (Official Title Awarded)
CMAA - First Aid for Sport Cert.
KSDKA – Club Instructor (Promoted)
KSDKA – Grade Officer (Promoted)
KSDKA – Senior of the Year 2015
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
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.
Shidoin club title award December 2017
Recently Married , :)
Sensei Award dec 18
Moved away to Bradford , he is soley missed
Work Commitments took Simon away from the Dojo
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
Ksd Karate Student of the year 2016
Andy is away at Uni living in halls at Huddesfield
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 .
Studen of the year 2010
David is recovering from various foot and leg injuries ( not karate related )
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
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 .
Lyndon is recovering from a recent hip replacement and is due back to training very soon !
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 ;)
Michelle moved away , making it dificult to train with us also as a nurse work is another thing that gets in the way
Ralph is awaiting a hip replacement and will be back when able
We welcome Ralph back as he takes ot steady recovering
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
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 .
Ksd Student of the year 2012
Elisha loves Karate
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 :)
Jo tested 2nd Kyu 16/10/2016 , 1st Kyu 30/4/2017
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 ;)
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
Currently away injured after a operation non dojo related
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
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 .
Akar studies at Manchester Uni
Ellen is a keen footballer and thats what takes her away from Ksd , she does pop in to train now and then though
Jess is concentrating on her studies and is away at Manchester Uni currently
A family man and a real grafter work work work with this mate of mine .
3rd Kyu 10/9/2017
3rd Kyu 2/12/18
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
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