Club Profile - (page 2 of 2)

In the mid 1980s Sensei Wheatcroft moved to Chesterfield; the town was about to open its new prestigious Queens Park Sport Centre, Sensei Wheatcroft, who by then had gained his Shodan in 1985 with the KUGB, established a club there, on the very first day it opened in 1987.

Satori Shotokan Karate Club was born, (Satori, the Japanese word meaning Enlightenment or Ultimate Knowledge) from that time to the present day, all the Senior KUGB Instructors have been regular yearly visitors to the club, along with Sensei Enoeda, (up to his untimely death), Sensei Frank Brennan (now a much respected Senior Instructor and Examiner to the KUGB) and Sensei's Charles Naylor and John Holdsworth.

Various Japanese Instructors also visit the club on their visits to the UK.

Sensei Wheatcroft, who instructs on four sessions per week at Satori Shotokan, is still as committed to the club and the KUGB and continues to arrange various courses through out a year for the members.

Gradings are held every three or four months with the KUGB Grading Examination Board, and Special Kata and Bunkai courses with various Shotokan Senior Instructors are held in between.

Sensei Wheatcroft is the Chief Instructor at Satori Shotokan and is a KUGB LSM (Long Standing Member) having been presented with his Twenty Year continuous membership certificate by Sensei Enoeda in April 1994 and his Thirty Year continuous membership certificate by Sensei Andy Sherry in May 2006. Both certificates were presented at the KUGB's yearly National Championships held at the NIA in Birmingham.

The club has Three KUGB Qualified Instructors, ranging from 1st to 3rd Dan, (see Instructor Profile) all have been CRB vetted (Criminal Record Bureau) to work with children and vulnerable adults and they hold First Aid Certificates in Sports Injuries.

The past 24 years has seen the KUGB hold all its National Yearly Championships, bar one, at Queens Park: ie: Shotokan Cup, Students, Children's, Grand Slam, Central Regions along with Instructor courses, Special Dan and Black Belt Gradings.

The club has a very active social side, along with the presenting, each year of a Student of the Year Trophy which is presented to the member who in the eyes of the Chief Instructor, has accomplished the most, overall, in that year

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