Sensei Thomson - Chief Instructor

May 28, 2015

Sensei Thomson began his training in Market Drayton, Shropshire in October, 1989 at the age of 12. He started as a number of his friends were getting involved so, 'it seemed like a good idea at the time'. His primary instructors were Otto Blank (Sandan - 3rd degree), Mick Cartwright (Shodan - 1st degree) of Ataru, Market Drayton (Karate Union of Great Britain) and Steve Hulson of Newcastle-Under-Lyme SKC (Godan - 5th degree).

Having gained a large amount of instructing experience at Market Drayton and training numerous students to gain their Shodans, Sensei Thomson attained his Nidan (2nd degree black belt) on 25 May 2002, once again at Deeside under the late Sensei Enoeda.

In June 2002, Sensei Thomson moved to Bedfordshire trained with numerous clubs around the area from various Shotokan Organisations.

Sensei Thomson wanted to run his own club since moving from Shropshire, in order to teach the Shotokan art to others to the high stanards he has enjoyed from his own experience. In September 2003, he & his wife, Tracii opened a new club and named it after his home town dojo ... Ataru SKC.

Sensei was awarded his Sandan (3rd degree black belt) by Tanaka Sensei & Sawada Sensei (JKA Belgium) assisted by Ohta Sensei, Larrson Sensei (JKA Norway) and Kurihara Sensei (JKA World Kata Champion) at the 2007 JKA International Spring Course held in the Guildford Spectrum.

Sensei has also trained in Aikido, Jui-Jitsu, Tae-Kwon-Do and Kickboxing. He integrates these teachings into aspects of Shotokan instruction but always keeping the Spirit and Style of Shotokan in mind.

Sensei Thomson - Ura-mawashi Geri Sensei Thomson with Sensei Tanaka Sensei Thomson in competition


Jamie Gainsford - Dojo Captain

October 30, 2009 by Webmaster

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Tracii Thomson - Club Manager

October 30, 2009 by Webmaster

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Anneka Chana - Junior Instructor

October 30, 2009 by Webmaster

Anneka started training in Shillington in 2004, aged 11, and has been training under the instruction of Sensei Thomson since then.

In October 2005, she attended the Kyu Grade Nationals and came 2nd in Kumite (sparring). The following year she came 1st in Kumite.

In March 2009, after 5 years of hard training, Anneka attained her Shodan under Sensei Ohta at Sevenoaks.

Since then she has started helping in lower grade classes, and training hard to improve her skills, focus and flexibility.

Anneka Chana - Passes Shodan


Mark Gainsford

December 5th, 2009 by Webmaster

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