Club History

The Ippon Karate & Self-Defence Club (as the club was originally named) was originally founded in Aylburton near the Forest of Dean in December 1988 by Sensei John Anderson. When work committments forced Sensei Anderson to relocate to Scotland two years later, the future of the club suddenly became uncertain due to a lack of an obvious successor. Andrew Jones, the most senior of the remaining club members, realised that someone more junior would need to assume the role of instructor if the club was to survive. So it was that in 1990, with the support of the remaining club members, Sempai Jones started teaching at the dizzy heights of 4th kyu.

Sempai Jones ran the club solely at the Aylburton venue for some time before opening two additional venues in the Forest of Dean area, one in Cinderford and another in Coleford. Since the catchment area is rather small (and the number of martial arts clubs relatively high), historically, the club sizes have always been quite small. This does mean of course that the students receive better training and more attention is given to their individual needs. That said, the club did achieve 13th place in the UKASKO awards in 1998. In November of that year, and now a black belt, Sensei Jones achieved his Level II Coaching Certificate.

In January 2000 the club in England was reborn as the Fudoshin Karate Club.

In May 2000 the club gained several additional instructors when club members Chris Verry, Roddy Goodman and Barbara Hedges obtained their Level I Coaching certificates. At the same time, a reduction in numbers at the club's' Coleford venue resulted in it being closed, leaving two branches for the new club instructors to concentrate on. Over the next few years, the club grew in strength and became a well-established karate club. This was shown when it achieved 11th place in the UKASKO awards for 2001.

In May 2002 Sensei Jones switched from UKASKO to the English Karate Organisation (EKO) as the club's affiliate organisation as it was felt that the EKO was more aligned with the core values of the club and its instructors and that the move would reduce the club's administrative burden and provide it with greater autonomy.

The club's Gloucester venue was closed for refurbishment in 2015 and the decision was made not to look for an alternative venue due to a recent drop in numbers. At the same time Sensei Jones moved away from the area and passed the running of the club to Sensei Verry. Under Sensei Verry's hand, the club continues to operate and thrive at the original venue in Aylburton and is run with emphasis being placed on small numbers and an individual approach to training and advancement.

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