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Bryan started training in 1973 at the Bristol Shotokan Dojo under
Sensei Bill Winfield. Five years later he started Backwell SKC with Bob Padfield
on the invitation of two teachers at Backwell Secondary School where the club
used to train. It was in 1984 that he was awarded his shodan by the late
Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda after 11 years of hard training. As an instructor,
he has helped many of his students improve their karate considerably, having
taught many of them from beginner to black belt.
The highlights of Sensei Gideon's karate career have been various. In
the past he has enjoyed organising and taking part in karate training
weekends in Backwell School's holiday home. More recently seeing his
students entering both local and national events has been something that
he has taken great pleasure in.
When asked about the club he said, "During my long association
with Bristol Karate Academy I have met some exceptionally
talented karateka and have had the pleasure of helping them achieve
their goals, but more than this they have become life-long friends."
Bryan is the club's Safeguarding & Welfare Officer