Felixstowe Karate Club Celebrates 40 Years of Success
Felixstowe Karate Club is celebrating a landmark 40 years of training on 10th September 2014.
Throughout its 40 year history, the club has been led by 4th Dan blackbelt Paul Mortimore, who has trained literally hundreds of men, women and children over the years. Felixstowe Karate Club was founded in 1974 and was based at Orwell High School until earlier this year, when it moved to the new Felixstowe Academy.
Under Paul’s watchful eye, 22 students have obtained their coveted blackbelts, seven of whom are current instructors. The club has produced National Champions within the club’s governing association, the EKKA and Paul himself was a double EKKA National Champion in 1975, winning the Senior Individual title, captaining the winning kumite team (Ipswich A) and obtaining a silver medal in the kata category.
Joe Stabb, 2nd Dan, said: Paul has dedicated himself to this club and its students for 40 years and is a true inspiration to us all. His commitment to helping everyone who trains with Felixstowe Karate Club to achieve their best and his support in helping them to reach their goals is untiring. It takes a great deal of hard work and perseverance to become a blackbelt, but having someone who believes you can do it, will encourage you to excel and will support you every step of the way is 80% of the battle, and that’s precisely what Paul does for all of his students – blackbelt or not.
We are very grateful to him and proud that he has achieved this great milestone Paul Mortimore added: “I am proud to see the club has stood the test of time. I have seen many different martial arts clubs come and go over the years, but we are still here, producing students of blackbelt standard and winning honours at competitions.”
The club trains 4 days a week at Felixstowe Academy. Please visit www.felixstowekarateclub.co.uk for more details.