I commenced training with the Reading SKC Jan 1984 under Sensei Roy Sims at our present Dojo. During the last 25 years I have also trained at many clubs in the Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxford areas and with many other Sensei’s.
I have regularly attended National courses run by Sensei’s Enoeda, Ohta and other top Japanese Sensei’s. Other activities included Kata & Kumite entry for local and national competitions on more than one occasion.
I have also trained and participated in many events run by the former EKGB and MAC organisations. This included events run by World class competitors Ticky Donavan, Vic Charles and Geoff Thompson.
I have been one of our club instructors for the last twelve years and have considered it a privilege to help our student’s progress in their mental and body karate techniques.
I do not find the practise of karate easy, however it is rewarding and I firmly believe that the morals and lessons that one learns in the DOJO are tools for life!
I currently hold the rank of SAN Dan (3rd DAN.) and Chief Instructor to the club.
I look forward to continuing my teaching and personal training with Reading Shotokan Karate club during the years to come.
My first experience of martial arts began in the Kung Fu era of 1973. This lasted for about 6 months as I became very disillusioned because it was such a rip off. After a matter of a few weeks I heard of a Shotokan style karate club being run at Westwood school in Honey End Lane and duly went along to try my hand at.
Well I was most impressed to find that not only karate was being practiced but also Judo, Tai Chi and Kendo hence the name of the club being Reading Japanese Martial Arts Society.
I myself did not try any of these other martial arts but remained with shotokan style karate.
During 1980 the club moved premises to the Meadway Sports Centre located at the Meadway, Tilehurst for which we are still there.
From this time 1980 to the present day I ran the club together with Sensei Roy Sims until 2004 when Sensei Brian Gwyther was requested to become Chief Instructor. Roy Harverson is now our chief instructor.
During all this time from approx. 1974-1996 I went up through the grades achieving 1st Dan in 1996 under Senseis Enoeda and Ohta further progressing to 2nd Dan in 2001.
My karate knowledge and training has now spanned some 33/34 years.
I passed my JKAE instructors “G” license 2006, am an EKGB qualified instructor, CRB accredited instructor and fully insured.
For a while now this section has simply read "Sensei King - under construction" that I have
felt has been quite an accurate description.
Martyn holds international qualifications for Instructor 'C' Level, Referee 'C' Level and Examiner 'C' Level