Meet The Team

Young Gloves Karate & Boxercise Team


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

Qualifications: View
* 5th Dan Wado Ryu Karate
* Level 1&2 Coach
* NAKMAS National Instructor & Assessor
* Boxercise Instructor
* Registered Boxercise For Kids Instructor
* Sports Psychology Diploma Level 3
* Sports Psychology Award
* Fitness Management Diploma
* 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)
* 1st Aid Qualified
* Leadership and Management
* CRB Checked

* Kidderminster Sports Personality 2014
* Signal 107 Worcestershire Local Hero Award 2014
* Worcestershire Education Awards – Unsung Hero 2018

Details:
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 £63,000 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

Qualifications:
* 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

Details:
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
Qualifications: Karate Instructor,
* 1st Aider
* CRB Checked

Details:
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.