Sensei Joe Andrews 5th Dan –
Joe started training in Shotokan Karate in 1998 aged 9 at the Wells Shotokan Karate Club. The Wells 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.
During his time in the TSKA, Joe met Kerry, a fellow student training under Sensei Paul Edwards 4th Dan of Wantage Shotokan Karate Club in Oxfordshire. This was a great opportunity for Joe to travel to Oxfordshire to train with Sensei Edwards and his good friend Sensei Andi Kidd 4th Dan of Genjitsu Karate Kai in Swindon.
In February 2012 Kerry moved to Somerset and in June 2014 Joe and Kerry got married.
After Joe departed from the Wells club in July 2016 he 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 decided to begin his plans to establish the Street Shotokan Karate Club with the help of his Karate friends.
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 and Paul Herbert.
Joe even had a golden opportunity to attend an inspirational speech session hosted by Sensei Geoff Thompson, talking about the books written during his time as a nightclub doorman in the 1980s and his time training in Shotokan Karate.
Joe is first Aid qualified, a level 2 Fitness instructor, 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).