Reading Karate Club
Spencer’s Wood Village Hall, Basingstoke Road, Spencer’s Wood, Reading RG7 1AJ
Class Times & Cost
Monday, 7:30 – 9:00pm
A Chartered Civil Engineer by profession, Garry is married with a family. He took up Kyushindo in 1983 at age 9, studying both karate and judo, under Mike James. After trying several different martial arts and styles, Garry returned to Kyushindo where the ethos appealed to him more. Garry now acts in the role of Vice President, overseeing the overall running of Kyushindo, the instructors and its policies and clubs.
“I focus on teaching the karate and the self protection aspects of the style, running the Reading Area clubs. I want to pass on the skills and knowledge I have learnt and demonstrate the benefits and enjoyment that a Martial art can bring. There are a lot of misconceptions about Martial Arts and Self Defence around. My approach is one of avoiding confrontation but, if it is necessary to use force, by keeping things simple and effective. Through the natural movement of the Kyushindo style, our style appeals to a wider audience.”
Chris Bothwell, Instructor, 3rd Dan
Chris started his martial arts training in 1993 at the tender age of 13, and has never looked back! After training for 8 years in Wado Ryu Karate, Chris took up Kyushindo in 2001 under Garry Strange’s tutelage, obtaining his black belt in 2003. Chris has also spent time training in Shotokan Karate, Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan.
When he’s not training in Martial Arts, Chris works for Waitrose, plays the bassoon or indulges in amateur dramatics.
“I love the philosophy behind Kyushindo – it teaches us to use speed, skill and sensitivity, all built up through good honest training and discipline, to overcome aggression and violence. It’s good fun, too!”
Andy Cork, Instructor, 3rd Dan
Despite originally training as a computer programmer, Andy has worked as a primary school teacher since 2007. He brings this knowledge and experience into his instruction of Kyushindo. He started training in the style in 2002 with Mike James, and now trains with Garry Strange in Reading. Through his training, Andy grew to love the ethos of Kyushindo – one of training in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Andy now runs two junior clubs in the Reading area: one at Loddon Primary School and one at Woodley C of E Primary School.
Garry: 07710 714716