St. Michael's Karate Club
Who Are We?
We are a member of Independent Martial Art Sports Association (IMASA).
The Independent Martial Art Sports Association was set up by martial artists for the benefit of all martial arts and sports club owners. The purpose of IMASA is to promote all amateur sports and martial arts in the UK community and participation in the same nationally.
To provide a safe, friendly and disciplined environment to allow karate-ka (students) to progress in their study of karate, personal fitness, self awareness and confidence. This will be achieved by following the dojo (training hall) creed, this being:
Humility – Sincerity – Respect – Purity – Endeavour – Patience – Loyalty
The aim of karate is to:
- Develop self confidence and personal fitness
- To harmonise mind and body
- To promote friendship amongst the students
- To foster the true spirit of peace and humility through the martial art of karate
Sensei Andrew Collingwood - Sandan (3rd Dan)
Andrew is fifty-three years old and has been practising karate for twenty-seven years, attaining his black belt after six years training. Before this he trained for five years in boxing. He made the transition from boxing to karate after deciding that at twenty-six years old he was getting too old to continue boxing at any level. His father Ken Collingwood Yondan (4th Dan) encouraged him to take up karate in September 1994, he has continued to train and teach ever since.
Andrew is a registered Independent Martial Art Sports Association (IMASA) instructor, has attended many courses on coaching, refereeing, self-defence, national and international training camps under the instruction of many top, world-renowned karate instructors. He is Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check passed, has attended several courses on ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’, is qualified and licensed in physical intervention and control and restraint procedures as laid down by the UK Home Office. He is an advanced first aider and qualified in the use of electronic defibrillators.
He was awarded the rank of Nidan (2nd Dan) by Kobe Osaka International President and Chief Instructor Tommy Morris in June 2012. This was ratified by Independent Martial Art Sports Association (IMASA) in July 2014. In July 2017 he was awarded the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) by IMASA.
Club Black Belt
Christopher Kyte - Shodan (1st Dan)
Christopher started training in 2001 at the age of nine years. He passed his first grading in February 2002 where he was awarded red belt. During the next few years he graded steadily, working his way through the grades, eventually gaining his junior brown belt in November 2006, he remained at this grade until June 2009.
Due to reaching his sixteenth birthday he had to move up to the senior syallbus so had to retrain and improve his karate at senior level. He trained hard for this for a year and made the transition very well, developing his skills and knowledge in all aspects of karate.
In June 2009 Christopher attempted his first senior grading and was hoping to retain his current grade of brown belt+2 tabs but as a senior this would mean, in fact, the grade of 2nd kyu. He performed excellently and not only passed but was promoted to the rank of 1st kyu.
Another year of training and in June 2010 Christopher graded again and was awarded the rank of Shodan-ho (provisional black belt) by Kobe Osaka International President and Chief Instructor Shihan Tommy Morris 8th Dan.
In July 2010 he passed his EFAW course in basic first aid and incident managment.
In June 2013 he was awarded the rank of Shodan (1st Dan).
St. Michael’s Karate Club
St. Michael’s Community Centre
St. Michael’s Road
Website updated 13 Sept 2021