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Steven Connell

Sensei Steven Connell holds a 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate. He qualified as an instructor in 2015 and has been a member of the KUGB’s National and Central Region Kata squads, under Senseis Andy Sherry and Frank Brennan.

Steven began training as a child at Bristol Karate Academy’s Backwell dojo, achieving his black belt in 2007 at just 10 years of age. He’s trained with many inspiring instructors during his Karate career so far, including senior KUGB instructors, Senseis Sherry, O’Neill, Poynton, Rhodes, Higgins and F Brennan. He’s also expanded his knowledge by training with instructors such as Senseis John & Holly Bruce, Matt Price and Saori Okamoto. Training with such a variety of people has helped him as both an instructor and a karateka to appreciate the art’s intricacies as well as to refine his understanding and approach.

Steven has achieved numerous successes at both regional and national competitions. In Kata he’s won the South West Championships, HDKI Irish Open and has placed in the JKS England Nationals, WTKO Irish Open and KUGB Southern Region Championships. He’s been a member of the Academy’s winning kata team on eight different occasions, including winning the JKS England Nationals, WTKO Irish Open and the KUGB Southern Region championships for the last three years running. He’s also placed in Team Kata at the KUGB Nationals three times in the last five years. While more well-known for his Kata, Steven has also had many successes in Kumite (sparring) events. He’s a former KUGB Southern Region Team Kumite Champion and was Individual Champion in Junior Kumite at both the KUGB Southern and South West Championships.

Steven believes Karate has benefits for adults, children and families, having trained alongside his parents and sister from age 7. As he's grown up with Karate around him he's found that its culture and ethics have helped mould him into the person he is today.

Steven's future aims are to continue to develop himself and to provide progressive training to help others shape themselves and their Karate.

Qualified as a 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate (2018)
4x KUGB Southern Region Individual Kata finalist (2018, 2017, 2013, 2012)
3x KUGB Southern Region Team Kata Champion (2018, 2017, 2016)
2x KUGB Southern Region Individual Junior Kumite Champion (2013, 2012)
KUGB Southern Region Team Kumite Champion (2013)
3x KUGB South West Champion: Individual Kata (2016), Team Kata (2015), Junior Kumite (2015)
KUGB National Championships Team Kata finalist (2018, 2017, 2014)
JKS England National Championships Team Kata Champion (2016)
JKS England National Championships Individual Kata finalist (2016)
WTKO Irish Open Team Kata Champion (2016)
HDKI Open Individual and Team Kata Champion (2017)
Legend Open Team Kata Champion (2015)


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