Senior Instructor Sensei V H Keens : 6th Dan

Sensei V H Keens

I started learning karate back in the early 1970's when I was in my mid twenties.  I joined a local club.  There I studied the system of Shoto-Kan for around two years,  then moved on to learn the Wado-Ryu system, with another group and I haven't looked back.
I am now 71 years old and still going strong!
I have been involved with Karate for over 40 years.  In that time, I have met many interesting people, not all involved with the martial arts, so, I have some interesting and amusing stories to tell.
I have gained much experience from Top Instructors, all, with something different to offer.
Karate is a life time study, we are learning all the time.
You are never too old to learn! This is why the Wado-Ryu system is so favourable to all, Young and the more Mature. Its training methods and knowledge of body movements is quite unique.
I suppose I could say that I am a walking example of this!
Studying the Martial Arts is an enlightening vocation, there is no other lifetime equal.  It will test your character to its limits!

Yours in the interest of Karate,

Sensei Vernon Keens

Sensei T Goldsmith Ryan : 2nd Dan

Sensei Goldsmith Ryan

Tom joined the group many years ago at the age of 19. After a short period of training, he joined the army, entered into married life and produced a family.

He returned to training as a beginner in May 2007. In 9 years has qualified to 2nd Dan. At the age of 52, Tom should be an inspiration to all older persons who may be interested. This level of qualification is achievable at any age.  

Tom is interested in encouraging any new students in any age group to come along and take an interest in the art of Karate. Its rewards in fitness and knowledge are inexhaustive. He is able to convey his experiences and knowledge to all students.

There are classes being Instructed by Tom at Orchard Vale Community School, Westacott Road, Barnstaple, EX32 8QY on Tuesday evenings, 7:00pm to 9:00pm & The Pollyfield Centre, East of the Water, Bideford, Devon EX39 4BL on Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Yours in the interest of Karate,

Sensei Thomas Goldsmith-Ryan


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