Sensei Joe Andrews 5th Dan –
Joe started training in Shotokan Karate in 1998 aged 9 in Wells. The club was affiliated with the Amateur Martial Association (AMA), an organisation under the Japan Karate Association (JKA).
Some years after this the club became affiliated with the Traditional Shotokan Karate Association (TSKA) headed by Chief Instructor Sensei Pete Manning 7th Dan and Deputy Chief Instructor Sensei John Euden 6th Dan.
Joe was awarded his 1st Dan black belt in December 2003 under the TSKA. The following year began his training in Tai Chi in Wells and Glastonbury.
After departing from the Wells club in July 2016 Joe began his training in Wado-Ryu Karate with his good friend Sensei James Smith 5th Dan, Chief Instructor of Yeovil Karate Club.
To celebrate his 20th year of Martial Arts training, Joe joined the British Combat Karate Association and established the Street Shotokan Karate Club. Later in 2019 Joe started Somerset Applied Karate; an affiliation of local clubs taught by Joe and Sensei Greg Lynham under the BCKA.
Joe has been very fortunate over the years to train with some great names in the UK Karate and Martial Art world such as Iain Abernethy, Peter Consterdine, John Johnston, Bob Rhodes, Terry O’Neill, Andi Kidd, Pete Manning, Shinji Akita, Gary Roberts, Elwin Hall, Gerry Bryan, Mario Spillere, Leon Jay, Leigh Simms and Paul Herbert.
Joe is a level 2 Fitness instructor and a level 3 Personal Trainer, first aid qualified, has an enhanced DBS certificate, an NSPCC Safeguarding certificate, and his 5th Dan grade is recognised by the British Combat Karate Association (BCKA) and the English Karate Federation (EKF).