Sensei Chris Clayton - 4th Dan

I began my karate venture in 1997. This was at Trent Road under the instruction of Sensei Keith Bishop and Sensei Mick Fitzsimmons. 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.

In 2007 under Shihan James Rousseau I passed my Shodan grading and later in 2013 I took my second Dan and more recently in 2016 took my third dan grading in Belgium.

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.

I have since taken over the running of Sensei Keith's club to ensure his legacy and teachings live on.

I have since attained my 4th Dan under Shihan James Rousseau (9th Dan) who is the GKI's chief Instructor.

About Us

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.

Our instructors include Police Officers who have used their skills on the streets many times.

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  • Training Update - Tier 4

    Unfortunately due Chelmsford now placed into Tier 4 both North Avenue and Keene Hall Dojo's have again had to close its doors until further notice. In its place we will be running training sessions online through Zoom. If you are interested in joining get in contact with us or reach out to the clubs Welfare Officer.

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