Waltham Abbey Karate Club is on the move. Our home at The Pool disappeared when the pool recently closed for re-development. We will be situated at the new Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre from the 22nd November on Thursdays at 6.00pm and Saturdays at 11.15am
There are free trial classes available for anyone who would like to come along and have ago. Adults and children are all welcome, however children must be at least 6 years old.
The Address is;
Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre
Congratulations to our new successful Black Belt candidates. Our new Shodan members are Vinay Sajeer, Kiren Bhatt, Grant Taylor, Sam Embleton, and Kymani Armstrong, Lucy Barrie, Karin Jokhoo, Hariesh Jegatheepan, Sharan Ranjikumar, Kendiran Sivanesakumar, Sadaf Jahwid. Our new successful Nidan candidates are Gavin Kendall, Kieran Howse and Ricci Feiner. Well done everyone for a terrific effort this year.
This year we have lost a shining star. Philip Loates 26, and one of our long time Karate members, lost his life in a road traffic accident whilst working as an English teacher in Thailand.
Philip started as a young child with us and became keen and dedicated to the art of Karate. He trained regularly at our clubs in Wanstead, Enfield and Chingford and gained his Black Belt in November 2005. He was a regular on the competition circuit and usually came home with a medal or trophy whenever he competed and took part.
Philip also enjoyed our Karate trips abroad and had some great times training in Europe on courses with different clubs and associations. A few of the pictures are below.
Although Philip’s life took a different turning when he decided to move to Thailand he returned and visited us in 2017. He once again joined in the training at our Wanstead Club and trained as if he had never been away. We did realise though that Philip’s life and work would now be in Thailand and he seemed very happy and at peace with himself, his work and the country he settled in.
Philip’s loss has left a tremendous gap in his family and in the school where he worked in Thailand. He is remembered fondly by all of his Karate friends and instructors and we hope that his memory will serve as a positive inspiration to all of those who were lucky enough to know him and train with him.