Sensei Gary Blundell - 6th Dan

I started Karate in 1974 joining Aaisatsu Karate club under Sensei Jim Smith.

I still remember walking into the dojo for the first time, anxious and nervous.

I always wanted to do something different and Karate gave me just that.

Jim Smith was more than my Sensei; he also guided me through my youth and beyond. He was a big influence on my life.

Karate has given me so many opportunities.

In 1995 I became a KUGB referee, which is a role I am still very active in.

I have fond memories of attending many of Sensei Enoeda's special courses at Crystal Palace.

I have been fortunate enough to travel to Japan on two occasions to train with some very renowned Sensei's.

Being part of the KUGB is special. I have had the opportunity to train with many exceptional talented Karateka, and I have formed many long standing friendships. Sensei Sherry is a huge inspiration teaching traditional Shotokan Karate at the very highest level.

In April 2014 I achieved my 6th Dan. I have to thank Sensei Sherry and Sensei Brennan as well as all the senior Instructors of the KUGB for all their guidance and encouragement, ensuring that I was fully prepared both physically and mentally.

2014 was also the year that I was awarded my 40 years membership with the KUGB.

I take great pride in the achievement's I have attained and to be part of the Aaisatsu Karate club and the KUGB.