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Tim Griffiths

Sensei Tim Griffiths holds a 5th Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate. He qualified as an instructor in 2001 and was a member of the KUGB national kata squad for 12 years.

Tim began training in 1992, gaining his black belt four years later. Since then, he has trained with some of the most renowned names in Karate, including Senseis Enoeda, Asai, Kanazawa, Abe, Sherry, Kagawa, O'Neill, Poynton and Brennan. Tim recounts some of his most special karate memories from trips outside of the UK, having trained for short periods at both the Japan Karate Shoto Federation (JKS) and the Japan Karate Association (JKA) headquarters in Tokyo, at the dojo of WTKO Chief Instructor Richard Amos Sensei in New York and also in Los Angeles under the tutelage of the late Master Nishiyama, one of the JKA's founders. Tim particularly appreciates the opportunity to train regularly with some of today's inspirational new breed of instructors, such as former European champion and current JKS England national coach, Sensei Matthew Price.

In competition, Tim has had a number of successes at both regional and national level. In individual events he was a national medallist at the Karate England (EKF) all-styles National Championships, the British Universities All-styles Karate Championships and three times at the KUGB Shotokan Cup National Championship. In team events, he is a two-time JKS England team kata gold medallist and twice silver medallist at the KUGB National Championships. In Open competitions he is the 2015 Legend Open Individual & Team Kata Champion, 2016 WTKO Team Kata Champion and 2017 HDKI Ireland Team Kata Champion. He is also 13-times KUGB Southern Region Champion, having won all four senior events at least once each.

As the Chief Instructor at Bristol Karate Academy, Tim continues to train hard to develop personally and also to keep bringing fresh ideas to students of the club.

National honours

KUGB England national kata squad member for 12 years
Karate England (EKF) all-styles individual kata bronze medallist
3x KUGB Shotokan Cup National Championship individual kata bronze medallist
2x JKS England National Team Kata Champion (2018, 2016)
2x KUGB National Team Kata silver medallist (2018, 2014)
KUGB Grand Slam bronze medallist (2006)
BUCS (BUSA) all-styles student national silver medallist (2002)

Key regional and open honours

5x KUGB Southern Region Kata Champion (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2007)
4x KUGB Southern Region Team Kata Champion (2018, 2017, 2016, 2012)
2x KUGB Southern Region Team Kumite Champion (2014, 2013)
KUGB Southern Region Kumite Champion (2013)
2x KUGB South West Grand Champion (2017, 2015) - winner of Kata, Kumite and Team Kata at same tournament

Legend Open Kata & Team Kata Champion (2015)
WTKO Ireland Team Kata Champion (2016)
HDKI Open Team Kata Champion (2017)


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