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Posted by Dean Yates on May 01, 2015 - 10:30 am
Hi,
Just to let you know there is a Hapkido club In Tamworth Staffordshire on Wednesday nights 7-9pm, Based at the rugby club wiggington park Tamworth Staffs
contact them at tam1hapkido@talktalk.net
on Facebook as 'Tamworth Hapkido' or 'International Hapkido Tamworth'.
many thanks
Posted by Steve on March 25, 2015 - 10:51 am
Hi all,

it is with much regret I must advise that my lovely smiley partner Penny died in Russells Hall Hospital on Saturday 21st. February at 7.05 pm, she was only 42 years old.

Pen was the reason I have continued to train and teach, she gave me confidence and pushed me to train harder and share my knowledge, she wanted me to learn more and follow my dreams.

Pen achieved 2nd Dan in Wado Ryu and 3rd. Dan in Kempo jutsu, she was a nifty puncher and could spar with the best ! her locking techniques were awesome but she never had any ego, she loved to train and coach the beginners especially, the juniors all loved her friendly cheeky attitude, she put everyone at ease.

Without Penny in the back ground our group may have finished years ago ! she was a driving force, she could not train too much in recent years due to ill health but was always involved with as much passion for what we did as day one ! she was a very special lady,

If you met and trained with Pen I am sure you will remember her kindness and smiley face perhaps take a moment to reflect, we shall all remember her ! God Bless Pen, All our Love - you were a great person and a cracking martial artist - you made us all very proud !
Posted by Ste on March 05, 2015 - 11:55 pm
Hi Steve,

We met at the Mantis seminar my Sifu did a while back. Your site is interesting and I was quite surprised at the number of martial arts clubs that were around locally, it's a good resource.

All the best

Ste
Posted by Steve Prior on February 13, 2015 - 04:14 pm
HI all,

please note ; as from Monday 23.2.2015 our new venue will be The Electric Club, St. Marks Road, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, WV3 0QH

We shall be starting off with Chin na and Applied karate from 8.00 until 10.00 pm, if this goes well we shall add a Wado Ryu session also at 7.00 pm

Please support us ! pay as you train, no membership, no direct debits, nice training hall upstairs with club bar facilities down stairs for a pop after training !!
Posted by Steve Prior on January 01, 2015 - 10:02 am
Theo

I believe there is a Cannock Chase Hapkido club based at Hednesford - this is the only one I know to - google them for a contact - Good luck.
Posted by Theo on November 13, 2014 - 10:14 am
I just wanted to know if there is any hapkido club in West Midlands near walsll.
Posted by David Pugh on October 24, 2014 - 09:15 pm
I trained at Heath Town Baths withs Sakagammi and Peter May, also european Kata champion Clive Wright.

I started with Judo club there with Macka Abbotts UK coasch that was.
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.

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