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Posted by Billy Frisby on March 15, 2014 - 10:30 pm
Steve I still remember the early days. You always had an interest in the martial arts and we certainly went round the area looking at the different clubs and styles. I fondly remember joining JJs Club with in Wolverhampton and still relate some of the things we did from that time. I am so pleased you are doing well so in something you have always enjoyed.
Posted by Steve Prior on October 03, 2013 - 11:41 am
Hi Richard

Thank you so much for your kind words ! much appreciated. Yes I do remember you training at Manor farm, you were a brown belt at the time ? think I was a green belt in the Ju jitsu but remember training Aikido with Tony Evans and his brother Andy ? good days ! glad you have fond memories too ! please keep in touch, Steve
Posted by Mr R Proud-3rd dan Atemi,2nd dan Aikido on September 30, 2013 - 08:41 pm
Hi Steve,I am full of admiration and envy when I read all about your history till this present day. My history started in the Bruce Lee era,the first club bieng the Walsall Martial Arts Centre,in the "Ditch" being tauhgt by Mr M Holland,his invited guests.Due to its closure (fire arson) I drifted down to George st,the dojo was above a drapers shop and thats where I found my pot of gold,over the months I was privalidged to train under George Wilson,Tony Hughs and Mr Bleakman,as there were only about five kyu grades in all it was paradise.I inturn followed George and trained in Aikido at The Glebe and at Allumwell with big Anna!My pathway took me to Manor Farm,being taught Aikido by Tony Evans,Kempo,Atemijutsu,Judo and ju jutsu by Tony Hughs.I was the treasurer of Kanokwai for about three to four years before I moved on with Tonys blessing to train at the Kyu Shin Kan in Birmingham under Mr Bleakman for approx seven years. It was an honour to tread on that famous mat and being instructed by Phillip Bradley,Ian Stedman and Gordon Lugg,who unknown to me all new Tony Huges.I cant place you at Manor Farm,I use to train on Thursdays and Sundays only due to my other commitments in scouting.Ialso have a little finger missing (some clue).Your web sit and commitment is commendable,I wish you continued success.Regards R Proud.
Posted by Steve Prior on September 18, 2013 - 09:21 am
Excellent Grading last night ! Gordon judged the students while I coached from the side, Harley, Dave, Dirk and James all passed their grades with flying colours ! very proud of them all and the spirit and effort which was shown.

Well done all !

Steve
Posted by Steve Prior on July 02, 2013 - 02:27 pm
Dear Friends

we have recently been plagued with rogue mails posted on our Guest book by robots ! our webmaster Michelle has managed to sort this out however we lost several genuine mails also for which we apologise ! if your mail has gone missing ? please send it again ! we look forward to hearing from you all,

Best Regards

Steve
Posted by peter Johnson on June 24, 2012
Hi forgot to mention the Kung fu club back of st Johns church in the church hall,also same club on a sunday at all saints church hall,it was supposed to be Lau,but the instructor Steve Chung didnt like it so he taught Monkey style and Flying Dragon(fei long)(early 1971-72)
all the best
Pete Johnson
Posted by Peter Johnson on June 24, 2012 - 09:19 am
Hi
I was wondering if you remember me i also trained at the radiator club with Johnny and Eddie, also at the Little London club, i also trained at Tatton sykes pub in wolverhampton (upstairs)with eamon irvine and Nick ? also Trevor Jones from Jones road Karate club used to come and train, hard training but verey informal.
the earliest club in wolverhampton as far as i know was a Judo/ju-jitsu club in Temple street where the social security offices are now,i remember seeing it at least 50 years ago,my dad remembers it when he was a kid and he was 96 when he died,
im still traing in kobujutsu with Julian Mead for past 20 years at moment i am 3rd dan in kobujutsu and really enjoying it
best of luck,i enjoyed reading all the info on your site,great stuff
Pete Johnson
Posted by Roy Fellows on May 30, 2012 - 07:11 pm
Hi Gary
The spirit of your father lives on.
He believed that karate was nothing without 'fighting spirit’; this is a principle very close to my own heart.
I am now training again after an absence of 33 years at a Shotokan club close to where I live. I was 67 in January so it’s hard, but I stick at it.
Your father was an inspiration to many.
Posted by gary clarkson on April 11, 2012 - 09:01 pm
My name is Gary clarkson only son of the late John...Jack Clarkson whom was martial arts expert in karate.....My father died march 25th 1985 aged 48 yrs from cancer.....a sad and cruel loss...my sister lorraine and i are his only sibbling....i do recall as a young child his business with peter cross...who passed away many years ago.....would like to hear from any one who has photos of my father at this time...thank you.
Posted by Roy Fellows on January 16, 2012 - 02:38 pm
The Spartan School of Karate was founded in Bloxwich in 1963 by a partnership of Jack Clarkson and Peter Cross. I have no information of the history of Clarkson but Peter Cross had a blue belt in Aikido and they would train together, so some Aikido techniques were migrated into Clarksons ‘Fighting Karate’
Pete Cross is now dead, but I believe Clarkson is till around.

Parallel to the club was a business “Spartan Security” which provided doormen for local clubs, notably the Caves Club in Walsall, they also provided security for other clubs as well as repossessing goods for finance companies.
They had some bad press on this in the form of a Sunday newspaper article “The Frighteners”.

One of the early trainees was an Arthur Wickson who together with some others left Spartan to found the Wolverhampton Shotokan, a Karate Union of Great Britain club.
This club trained at Hilton Hall, a community centre situated in Hilton Road off the Birmingham New Road

I moved to the Wolverhampton club in the late 60s and then after a few years finished with karate. However in the 1970s I rejoined, at that time the chief instructor was Mick Wragg. I also remember a Harry Halford who had done a lot of boxing; Harry was a likeable fellow with whom I got on well.
The standard of karate at this club was very high, and it had a formidable reputation as a fighting club.

Roy Fellows 2012
Posted by Bryn Jones on December 22, 2011 - 06:44 pm
I enjoyed visiting your site. You have a wonderful aassociation.
I particularly enjoyed the martial arts memories. My instructor,Ken Dicks, used to teach at the Wado Ryu club at the Hen and Chickens pub in Dudley town centre way back in the seventies. He has been teaching at our present club, Coseley Karate, for the past 30 years.
Many thanks
Bryn
Posted by Nick Gennard on December 19, 2011 - 02:17 pm
Many, many thanks Steve and everyone at Golden Serpent Martial Arts for helping me achieve my 1st DAN. Would not have achieved this without your help/Guidance.
Posted by Nick Gennard on August 07, 2011 - 06:49 pm
Learnt so much more since joining this club, Many thanks Steve. Really enjoying the Kumite Gata. Looking forward to the thursday class you mentioned if it starts, and learningf the Gojo Ryu Kata's.
Posted by Julian Burton on June 16, 2011 - 10:53 am
Hello Steve.
Just a quick note to say thanks from the Instructors at Bromyard School of Tae Kwon Do for the workshop you conducted at our Centre of Excellence. We had a great insite to the Chin Na system and will no doubt be using it within our self defence syllabus. We all look forward to working closer with you in the future and as a well established club would advise any respectable martial artist to try your system - it works!!
With Respect
Julian C. Burton
Posted by barry fox on May 23, 2011 - 11:54 pm
I am am from fox martial arts we practice applied karate . Nice tribute to my late friend and sensei gary spiers . Anyone wishing to do one of our gary spiers legacy seminars etc.. please don't hesitate to contact us or check our website www.fox-maa.co.uk
Posted by Andy Kapap worcester on April 21, 2011 - 08:48 pm
Steve,
I would like to thank you for a brilliant insight into Chin Na all the guys have ask me to pass on there sincere thanks,a great 2hr workshop i will fully recommend you to all the martial arts practioners i know.

Greatest respect,

Andy
Posted by Nick Gennard on February 01, 2011 - 02:54 pm
Great site, trained last night, first time at this club (31-01-11), really enjoyed it, looking forward to many more sessions......
Posted by Martin Bennett on November 14, 2010 - 08:33 pm
Posted by Darren Langston on October 01, 2010 - 04:37 pm
Hi Sensei.

Im loving the new look web site,well done( the photo gallery is excellent ). I hope to come and train with you soon as it has been far to long.

All the best,

Darren Langston
Posted by David Hipgrave on September 16, 2010 - 09:15 pm
Great site Steve.I am privaleged to know you and your club.Need to set a date and meet up ! Regards David and Nin

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