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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 national kata squad for 12 years, under the auspices of Karate Union of Great Britain's Chief Instructor, Sensei Andy Sherry, 9th Dan.

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 training memories from training 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. He is five times KUGB Southern Region individual kata champion and has also been KUGB Southern Region individual kumite champion, four times team kata champion and twice team kumite champion. He was a national medallist at the Karate England all-styles National Championships, the British Universities All-styles Karate Championships and three times at the Shotokan Cup National Championship as well as a national team kata gold medallist at the JKS England National Championships (2016) and twice silver medallist at the KUGB National Championships (2018, 2014). 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.

As the Chief Instructor at Backwell Karate 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 all-styles individual kata bronze medallist
3x KUGB Shotokan Cup National Championship individual kata bronze medallist
JKS England National Team Kata Champion (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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