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By Admin
06 September 2018 11:14 pm
Our 40th anniversary course, featuring Senseis Trimble, Price and Saif is now fully sold out!
Our 40th anniversary course, featuring Senseis Trimble, Price and Saif is now fully sold out!
Following a fantastic response to our Super Saturday seminar, we're now sold out! We will not be taking any further bookings, nor accepting visitors on the door.  

The event, taking place this Saturday 8th September, was organised in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Bristol Karate Academy's oldest dojo, and will feature three incredible Shotokan Karate instructors whose successes span our full 40 year history.

Those signed up will be treated to a fantastic day of Karate with instructors Aidan Trimble Sensei, Matt Price Sensei and Hisham Saif Sensei.  


Sensei Aidan Trimble
  • SKI World Kumite Champion
  • 3x SKI British Individual Kumite Champion
  • 2x SKI British Kata Champion
  • 2x English all-styles Kata Champion
  • Member of British Karate team from 1978 to 1994
Sensei Aidan Trimble made waves from the moment he came onto the scene in the late 70s.  Perhaps most famous for winning the first ever SKI World Shotokan Karate Championships in Japan in 1983, he was also a British Kata and Kumite Champion. 
Aidan Sensei is an instructor under great demand, teaching across UK and Europe, the US, South Africa and more.  So we’re delighted to bring him to the South West and to get an opportunity to train with someone with such an impressive pedigree and a slightly different perspective from our usual visitors. 


Sensei Matt Price
  • ESKA European Individual Kumite Champion
  • 2x voted ESKA European competitor of the year
  • KUGB Grand Champion (3 times kumite, 3 times kata)
  • English all-styles squad member
  • JKS England national squad coach
  • EKF all-styles northern region coach
Sensei Matt Price brings with him a tremendous amount of experience as both a competitor and a coach. He’s a former ESKA European Champion, KUGB Grand Champion (having won the KUGB Nationals as an individual six times in total) and is the current JKS England national squad coach. Sensei leads by example and despite retiring from competition in 2007, continues to push himself to the maximum in training, with regular trips to Japan, following the maxim of ‘Karate for life’.
Matt Sensei always brings something a bit different to his seminars and we’re looking forward to seeing what he’s got in store for us in September.


Sensei Hisham Saif
  • 2x WSKA World Champion
  • 3x ESKA European Kata Champion
  • 5x KUGB National Kata Champion
  • EKC National Kata Champion
Sensei Hisham Saif is a fantastic addition to the seminar, as someone who’s young, dynamic and undoubtedly an exceptionally talented and successful competitor. In recent years Hisham’s competitive record in Shotokan events is second to none. As well as being 5x KUGB National Kata Champion he’s also won the ESKA European title three times and the WSKA world title twice.
Hisham Sensei executes his Karate in a powerful, precise way and we’re looking forward to him sharing some of his training methods and tips on the seminar.


As a reminder for those that managed to secure a space on this special seminar, the day starts at 12 noon and you’ll be treated to four hours of instruction of the highest quality. We’ve also included breaks between classes and an opportunity as a group to ask our instructors some questions in a Q&A session, so come prepared!  Classes will be divided by grade, with each of the instructors taking a separate group.
  • Class 1: 12.00pm-1.30pm
  • Break: 1.30pm-1.45pm
  • Q&A and photos: 1.45pm-2.00pm
  • Class 2: 2.00pm-3.15pm
  • Break: 3.15-3.30pm
  • Class 3: 3.30pm-4.45pm
Take a look at our Seminar Guide for the full schedule


All three of our events this year have sold out, so we always recommend booking as early as possible. Academy members will always be the first to find out about our events, at lessons and by email. However if you'd like to also be amongst the first to know then drop us an email at and we'd be delighted to add you to our Events Mailing List.