Club Instructor | Sensei Chris

Chris Clayton

Sensei Chris 

Yondan (4th Dan)

Sensei Chris has trained for 20+ years. He began training under the instruction of Sensei Keith Bishop and Sensei Mick Fitzsimmons at the Trent Road Karate Club at the age of 6.

My karate training has taken me to many places in the UK, Europe and South Africa and given me the opportunity to train under many senior instructors, including Shihan James Rousseau, Sensei Len Sim and Sensei Arnold De Beer

Sensei Chris took his Shodan (1st Dan) in 2007 followed by his Nidan in 2013. Sensei Chris continued to train under his Instructor Keith Bishop for a further 6 years. In 2016 he took his Sandan (3rd Dan) and more recently his 4th Dan in 2020.

After attaining my shodan and under supervision of Sensei Keith I began teaching in the class until eventually I was able to run the club unsupervised. I covered the club on many occasions where Sensei Keith could not attend. 

Throughout the years Karate has continued to grow and become part of my life. It has helped me with confidence, co-ordination, stability and balance, most importantly through Karate I have met many people and made many new friends.

In June 2020 we sadly lost our friend and mentor, Sensei Keith Bishop. Sensei Keith ran the Trent Road/North Avenue Karate club for 22 years before his passing in late June 2020. He was a true friend and mentored many students, many of which attained their shodan and beyond.

Sensei Chris took over the running of Sensei Keith's club in early 2020.

Expierience and Qualifications:

  • 20+ Years Karate Training
  • 4th Dan in Goju-Ryu
  • BMABA Level 1 Instructors Qualification
  • BMABA Level 2 Instructors Qualification
  • BMABA Safeguarding In Martial Arts
  • QNUK Level 2 Self Defence qualification
  • BMABA Level 3 Personal Security Defence Trainer

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We practise traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu, which focuses on effective close quarters fighting. We enjoy tournaments but believe that the true heart of karate is self-defence.





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