KARATE'S GYPSY CLUB
|Dunmow Kyokushinkai Karate Club was founded in September 1985 by Shihan Andrew and eight students that he trained with at Bishop's Stortford Kyokushinkai Karate Club. At that time he was a Senpai (1st Dan) and he had decided to open his own Dojo (training Hall) after five years at Bishop Stortford. On the first night he had over 60 beginners and over the 25 years the numbers at the club have never gone under that amount. Today we have approximately 80 members ranging from 7 years old up to 50 year olds.|
As a club we have always competed in many tournaments, In Gt Britain and abroad, over the 25 years and have had great results. We have had British Champions, European champions, Russian, French, American, Belgium, Dutch and Swiss Champions. Like Shihan Andrew many students have also represented England and Gt Britain. Dunmow Kyokushinkai Karate club has become one of the top Dojo's in the country and to this day is still very successful.
We are proud of the achievements of the student from the Dunmow Dojo - you can see more details on the Achievements Page of our site. There is a lot of dedication from all students that compete. As they train 5-6 times a week to reach the very high standards you need to fight in Gt Britain and across the World. All of them have jobs or go to school, University or College so they fit in their training around their busy lives. To win a tournament is a great achievement under these conditions as it shows great commitment and spirit from the students.
The club has trained in various halls around Dunmow and at one time we were known as the Gypsy Club. We have never been able to get a training hall (Dojo) to train in permanently. If we had we might have achieved so much more. We do have three places we train at now.
We are still looking for a permanent place, we will never stop looking.
Over the past 25 years we have supported the community with performing demonstrations at local school fetes, taking part in the Dunmow Carnival, the Flitch Trails and holding self defense classes for ladies. After so many years we feel that we are part of the community and offer top quality tuition in Karate and some great opportunities to both children and adults to meet new friends, get fit and learn a very traditional martial art.
In 1992 Shihan Andrew was awarded Community Award for his commitment to teaching Karate to Children and Adults. Sean Dillon who has been with the club since it opened in 1985 was also awarded the top sportsman 1994 as he won the British and Russian Championships in 1993. And Joanne Bonnar won Essex young sports personality for her success infighting abroad winning the Belgium and Dutch championships as a cadet. In 2014 Shihan Andrew was ho was nominated for the BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero Award.
We have also raised thousands of pounds for numerous charities, Brittle Bone, Cancer Research, Huntington Decease, Alzheimer's Society, Burns children Club are to mentions a few. We have run from Clacton to Dunmow, Trained for 24 hours none stop and done 5000 techniques in two hours to raise the cash. The fund raising events also help's buy equipment for the dojo. As a non profit making club money is always a big issue. When students compete in a British Championship the club pays their entrance fee. This can be quite costly as normally we have over 20 competitors fighting for the club.
Students pay the bare minimum fee to train which covers the cost of hall hiring, advertising etc. All the instructors teach for free and some travel for 45 miles to teach. This has been the same for the past 25 years. In that time the fee has gone from £1.00 to £2.50 for juniors.
In 2015 we celebrated our 30th Anniversary and held a day of Karate at the Foakes Hall in Gt Dunmow. Students past and present came along to help us celebrate 30 years of success.We are trying to raise funds so we can achieve this but we are always looking for help and support.