Sensei Paul James - 6th Dan

I became interested in karate after watching a programme on TV as a kid. School could get a bit rough at times and being small for my age I needed any advantage I could get! A local dojo opened up when I was 15 and I jumped at the chance to join; I was immediately hooked, and have been ever since.

I started competing quite late, mostly as a way to gain experi- ence while I was training for my Shodan. I didn’t do too well at rst but with some experience, practice and e ort I started getting better, eventually becoming KUGB Welsh Kata Champion 13 years running, twice medallist at ESKA (for both team kumite and individual kata), as well as being a regular nalist at the KUGB Nationals and Shotokan Cup, and various open tournaments.

After retiring from competition in 2010 I was appointed Kata Coach for the KUGB Wales Squad. Since then we have gone from strength to strength with 17 podium positions for kata in just 5 years. I feel very privileged to be able to positively in uence such a strong squad and extremely talented team.

If anything my passion for karate grows stronger each day. Nothing makes me happier than teaching karate, whether elite international competitors or beginners with learning diffculties at the club, and absolutely everybody else in between. The effort, determination and passion that shines through is truly inspirational. I’m immensely proud to be part of the KUGB family.