Instructors


 Left to RightSensei Joe Ryan (3rd Dan) / Senpai Matthew Roberts (2nd Dan) / Senpai Vivien Case (2nd Dan)Sensei Mark Lawrence (3rd Dan Principal Instructor) 
Senpai James Latimer (2nd Dan)


Our Yudansha

       
 
Sensei Mark - Started training in 1978 at the age of 16 with a Wado-Ryu instructor sensei Gwizdać in Cirencester. My passion for karate grew. I had a brief 2-year spell at a Shotokan club and reached a purple belt before leaving for another Wado club in Cirencester. Over the next 14 or so years, I trained in Wado then had to stop in 1997 because of a back problem. I was given a second chance in my karate journey when sensei Adams and I made contact on the grey wolf Facebook page. I was introduced to sensei Swift, and with GWK’s support, I passed my 3rd dan in March 2018. I am proud to be a member of Grey Wolf Karate and to train with so many like-minded people. I am honoured that I am the Principal instructor at Grey Wolf. I have been awarded examiner level 2, have travelled to Norway with GWK to represent British Wado-Kai and will be doing so again. I have attended all the technical advancement courses at least once and attend as many additional courses, of which there are many, as I am able. My son Jacob also trained at Grey Wolf Karate club and passed his shodan examination last September.  
       
 
Sensei Joe - Start date: April 16th, 1998, Time training: coming up 18 years, Grade achieved: 3rd dan I’ve had always had a passing interest in martial arts, but never really thought about training. It was through my brother in law and his son that I eventually walked into their Dojo, This is where a met Jim Rendell who was one of the junior instructors at the time having gained his 1st, Dan. When I started, I was 35, what I thought was too old for karate and didn’t know I’d get past the beginner's course, but the more time went on it all just fell into place, I loved the training so much I worked towards the much-coveted ‘black belt’. On achieving my black belt I realised that this was only the beginning, from then on I trained regularly and eventually was told by one of the Senpai's that I would be taking my 3rd Dan, and in March 2018 I was awarded my 3rd dan. My ‘Karate life’ was given a 2nd chance in Sept 2014, when Jim got in contact so this is where I am today, at GWK, we are looking to advance ourselves and others, training in traditional martial art in a friendly environment. Certificates or awards: 1st Dan August 2003, 2nd Dan July 2008, Instructor cert level 2 awarded 27 Sept 2015.  
       
 
Sensei James - I started training the year 1999 aged 6, and 18 years later I haven't stopped. In that time, I have achieved 3rd Dan in authentic traditional Wado-Ryu karate. It has been worth the effort and commitment. Not only is it about trying to be perfect in your practices, but it has made me a better person having instilled discipline, control, and respect in my life. No amount of money, with a guaranteed title, can give you that martial arts experience within a short space of time. Grey Wolf Karate has been there for me since training with them. With the abundance of legitimate Wadokai knowledge, guidance and advice, this club is fantastic for developing your skills into becoming an outstanding practitioner of traditional Wado karate. (undoubtedly, a straight descendant is, from the creator, spread throughout the British Wadokai association which Grey Wolf has built a reputable name for itself throughout the UK).
       
 
Senpai Viv - I began Karate 12 years ago with my two daughters. Training as a family is excellent, and I'm glad our club encourages it. I met Sensei Mick Adams and Sempai Caroline early on, grading from 9th kyu to 2nd kyu with Caroline and also becoming great friends. Three years ago, due to arthritis in my left hip, I stopped training. I was frustrated over the restricted flexibility I had and the discomfort I felt. However, the club encouraged me to return and train within my ability, which I did with some trepidation. I couldn't believe how much I'd missed Karate. I realised that it didn't matter that I couldn't kick high or that my endurance was less; it was that I tried that counted. You never stop learning in Karate, and the encouragement and friendship you receive are incredible. My highlight has to be the award of an honorary grade of 2nd Dan from our Chief Instructor, Sensei Gary Swift from whom I learned that "a black belt is simply a white belt who never gives up".


All the Grey Wolf instructors are committed to handing down their acquired knowledge to the students training under them. They have all attended the British Wadokai Technical advancement courses run by Sensei Gary E. Swift (8th Dan Hanshi) to ensure standards are maintained.


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