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Sensei Justin Thomas SAC Dip 5th Dan
Traditional Wado Ryu Karate
Founder of Young Gloves Karate, Chief Instructor, English National Coach WKU

* 5th Dan Wado Ryu Karate
* Management & Leadership Level 5
* Sports Psychology Diploma Level 3
* Fitness Management Award Level 3
* NCFE Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (QCF)
* Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF)
* Level 1&2 Coach
* Sports Psychology Award
* Fitness Management Diploma
* Understanding Mental Health Level 2
* Conflict Management Level 2
* Principles of Team Leading Level 2
* Understanding Autism level 2
* NAKMAS National Instructor & Assessor
* Boxercise Instructor
* Registered Boxercise For Kids Instructor
* 1st Aid Qualified

* CRB Checked
* Kidderminster Sports Personality 2014
* Signal 107 Worcestershire Local Hero Award 2014
* Worcestershire Education Awards - Unsung Hero 2018
* Kidderminster Majors Achiever's Award 2021

Establishing Young Gloves Karate in 1999 and over 30 years experience in martial arts.
With a background in various styles including Judo, kickboxing, traditional karate and Bojutsu.
Justin started off at the famous Karate Temple in Birmingham under Toru Takimizawa and went to train under Eugene Codrington 7th Dan .
Sensei Sid Gordan 6th Dan now instructs Justin on a one to one basis correct technique and Wado of the highest standard.
Many National Competition Competition Awards in both Kata & Kumite.

* 2003 2nd English All Styles National Karate Championships
* 2007 1st BKA Karate Championships
* 2013 Bronze In English National Championships
* 2014 Awarded 4th Dan
* 2014 Awarded National Coaching Accreditation
* 2015 Silver Medal English KWON Championships.
* 2018 Awarded 5th Dan

Justin also is a keen cyclist and runner and has entered many charity events raising money for various causes and has up to date helped to raise over £80,000 for local children charities.

Justin is married to Jane Thomas, and has one child, Samantha Thomas who is currently a black belt 3rd Dan and Instructor for the club.

Other Interests include playing the Guitar.

Sensei Samantha Thomas Grade: 3rd Dan Black Belt

* Karate Instructor
* NAKMAS National Instructor
* Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
* Degree English Language & Physical Education
* Grade A GCSE PE * Grade A A2 PE
* A Level Grade A PE
* 1st Aider * DBS Checked
* Boxercise Instructor
* Registered Boxercise For Kids Instructor
* SCUK Safeguarding Qualification
* RFU Tag Rugby Qualified
* Dancefest Dance In The Primary Curriculum Workshop
* Understanding Mental Health Level 2
* Conflict Management Level 2
* Principles of Team Leading Level 2

Samantha Thomas is the daughter of Sensei Justin Thomas, head of Young Gloves Karate.

* 2015 Bronze Medal English KWON Championships. WKU English Squad Member & Women's Captain Competing Internationally in Europe.
* 2016 Bronze Medal Kata KWON WKU 2016 Silver WKU European Karate Championships In Germany

She has trained at Traditional Karate since the age of 4 years old. Samantha achieved her 1st Dan Black belt in November 2007 in front of the BKA in Manchester.
She has also recently gained her 3rd Dan Black belt in November 2018. She has entered a number of competitions both locally and nationally and internationally, taking 1st place in both sparring and kata in many of them.

As well as training, Samantha also assists sensei Justin Thomas in coaching and now has her own karate class on Mondays and Saturdays Joint honors in English and Physical Education at University of Worcestershire, Samantha is now a fully qualified teacher specialising Sports/Education and English.

As well as her passion for karate Sam also has other hobbies and interests. She has been playing the piano since the age of 8 and is currently grade 8 in music.
Sam is also very keen in all sport and is a regular member of the gym and boxercise sessions.

Favourite Kata:- Wansu & Jion Favourite Technique;- Hooks & Back Fist

Sensei Gerard Thomas 3rd Dan Black Belt

* Karate Instructor
* 1st Aider
* CRB Checked

Gerard Thomas 3rd Dan Black belt, starting Wado Ryu along side his brother Sensei Justin Thomas in the early 90's.
He has entered tournaments on both local and national levels. Took both 1st Dan Black Belt and 2nd Dan at the same time as Justin.

Teaching in Stourbridge classes since 2006, training many students beyond black belt level, as well as having students enjoy success in competitions locally and nationally.

Favourite Technique is Spinning Back Kick, favourite kata, Passai.

In the day Gerard works for himself as a TV engineer and aerial installer in Stourbridge.

Other interests include Golf, cycling, and playing guitar.

Matthew Jarrett 3rd Dan Black Belt

Karate Instructor
National certificate in sports Coaching, Fitness and Development

Matthew Jarrett is a shining example of what can be achieved within Young Gloves Karate. Diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Epilepsy and learning difficulties, through hard work and determination Matthew has achieved so much since starting in 2003. Matthew achieved his 1st Dan black belt in 2009 and gain his 3rd Dan black belt in 2013

Now a valuable member of the team, specialising in Kata, Bo, and Boxercise, training 4 times a week and always the 1st to offer help and guidance to others within the club.
Matthew also runs Young Gloves Disabilities Karate club at Leapgate and is training towards his 4th Dan.

As well as his passion for karate Mathew also has other hobbies and interests. Matt plays football for Kidderminster Athletic Warriors

Favourite Kata:- Kushanku, Jion & Niseishi and Favourite Technique;- Ridge Hand Strike , Jumping Kick & Foot Sweeps

Luke Stanley Junior 1st Dan Blackbelt

Junior Sempai
Young Gloves Karate Squad Captain

A member of Young Gloves Karate since 2011, achieving his junior black belt in 2017 at the age of 12.
A member of Bo Jutsu group achieving Chevron Level 1 in 2019.
Luke has competed in local, interclub, national and international competitions in Kata and Kumite since a young age and achieved some excellent results.
Also taking the role as Captain of the competition squad.
* 2016 KWON WKU Midlands Open Bronze in under 8 Kumite
* 2017-2018 Welsh Karate League 1 Silver and 2 Bronze
* 2017-2018 Welsh League Champion of Champions Bronze in Kata
* 2018 Unity World Games Gold in Kumite 2019 GB Open Karate Bronze in Kumite

Luke trains at least 3 times a week, alongside instructing in classes.

Outside of Karate, Luke is studying for his GCSE and enjoys playing the guitar.

Favourite Kata:- Wansu Favourite Technique:- Shotei

Hollie Aston 2nd Dan Blackbelt

Assistant Instructor Member of young gloves karate since 2009.
She is apart of the Bojitsu group and passed the first level grade in 2019.
She has helped with instructing the younger students and lower grades for many years and enjoys helping people improve and develop new skills.

Hollie has just completed and achieved her Level 3 Diploma for Early Years and Education, this has allowed Hollie to develop skills to support teaching children who may need additional support in learning karate and she is DBS checked.

Hollie has taken part in many of the clubs annual charity competitions taking part in kata and kumite and placing 3rd and 4th throughout the years.

Hollie has also taken part and enjoyed the many charity events that take place throughout the years to support local charities.

Favourite Kata:- Passai and Jion Favourite Technique:- Surikomi Mawashigeri

Elizabeth Perry

Safe Guarding Officer
Tel 07932 336474
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