WADO RYU - Key Persons
Natalie holds a 2nd Dan in Shikukai and is a regular at the Chelmsford Dojo. She started training under Tim Shaw Sensei in 1994 and achieved her 1st Dan with Shikukai through the Wado Academy in 1999.
Natalie was a member of the England Kumite squad in 1997 and 1998. In 1997 she was a member of the England team which came 3rd in the Europeans and in 1998 was again placed 3rd, but this time in the ladies individual kumite 60kg+. She emigrated to Australia in 1999 and returned in 2010 and resumed her training in 2014.
Steve Thain began his training in Wado Ryu Karate-Do at the age of 11 and is currently graded 4th Dan with Shikukai Karate-Do International.
Tim Shaw began his Karate training in 1974 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, spending four years under the auspices of his first instructor Dave Allsop Sensei.
This Dojo was affiliated to the UKKF (later UKKW) the organisation headed by Tatsuo Suzuki Sensei. Throughout his formative Kyu grades Tim trained frequently with K. Sakagami Sensei who conducted all Kyu gradings in the East Midland region. He also competed regularly in regional and national competitions.
Tim gained his 1st Dan in Swansea in 1978 in front of a grading panel chaired by Suzuki Sensei.
Also in 1978 he moved from Mansfield to Leeds, where he took over the running of the Dojo at the YMCA in the city centre. While in Leeds Tim passed his 2nd Dan in 1980.
In 1982 work took him to the south of England, where he was able to attend regular classes with Suzuki Sensei and Sugasawa Sensei.