Chichester throw a karate party

Partick Collyer and Matthew Foster with their black belts
Partick Collyer and Matthew Foster with their black belts

Chichester GKI Karate Club have been celebrating their 40th anniversary in style.

The club recently hosted a summer gasshuku with other GKI clubs flying in from Portugal, Sweden and Belgium – though travelling from Japan this year was just a little too far for the club’s friends from the Far East.

The four-day event was organised by Sensei Alan Prior and his family, who run the Chichester Karate Club.

Training was held at Chichester University with more than 120 people attending. Karate students were able to dip in and out of the training on offer, with many students deciding to take up all sessions as they realised what a fantastic opportunity it was to train with people who have such experience in goju-ryu karate.

Sensei James Rousseau (9th Dan and chief instructor of the GKI) travelled to Chichester with Sensei Len Sim (8th Dan) and Sensei Kevin Nason (7th Dan) to deliver the sessions. Younger students benefitted from having lots of black belts on hand to support their techniques.

Chichester Karate Club had two students grading for their black belts. Partick Collyer and Matthew Foster have both been training for a significant amount of time and were thrilled when they were presented with their black belts at the sayonara ‘goodbye’ party at the Assembly Halls in Chichester.

Other students were also presented with their black belts.

Club Instructor Sensei Alan Prior said “It’s a great achievement for the club to reach our 40th anniversary. We had a great deal of help from members and supporters of the club which made the event such a success.

“We resume training on Wednesday, September 3, with new members always welcome. Contact Alan Prior on 01243 672589.”