The Association of Shotokan Karate Clubs
Sensei Alan Bethell
5th dan black belt
Senior Instructor Northampton
I have been training in Shotokan Karate since 1993 when I joined in with a lesson that my eldest son attended, two more of my children followed in our footsteps and now my Grandson has just started on that journey. I became an Instructor fourteen years ago and passing knowledge on to both children and adults I find is the most fulfilling aspect of running my clubs. I enjoy all areas of Karate but personally enjoy Kata and the application of that discipline the most. I continue to strive to increase my knowledge along the way.
Sensei Chris Bethell
4th dan black belt
Senior Instructor Derby
I have been training in shotokan karate for around twenty years, and coaching karate for about eight. I enjoy all aspects of karate, but my favourites are the freestyle (sparring) and karate weapons (especially nunchucks!).
I have a degree in sport and exercise with business management, and have various sport coaching qulifications. I currently work as a sports coach in a Primary School.
Sensei Kayleigh Branston
2nd dan black belt
Senior Instructor Somerset
I have been training in Traditional Shotokan Karate since the age of 7. I started my training with CFTS under Sensei Pete Calver.
I started teaching (as an assistant to start with) while I was training for my first black belt. In the beginning it was only in one after school club and soon after in a second.
In 2008 I decided to take a break from my training to travel to China to study Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu for just over 2 months.
In 2009 I became a first Dan black belt. In 2010 I moved from my house in Northamptonshire to Somerset where I decided to set up my own branch of ASKC.
All of our Instructors teach to a high standard. All Instructors are all enhanced DBS checked and fully Insured to teach karate and martial arts.