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Karate Club

Introduction

The Al-Ghazali Shotokan Karate club was established in 1999 and has had numerous locations since opening. We have been lucky to have one of the best instructors in the country, Jim Brennan an ex-international competitor part of the infamous KUGB England team that beat Japan in 1990. He is also an 8th Dan a senior rank that many cannot achieve. In January 2018, Al-Ghazali Shotokan karate club joined the JKS England (Japan Karate Shotorenmei) to benefit and develop our club and provide a wider karate forum for our users to access, including the Olympic routes. This organisation is led internationally by one of the most respected karateka, Sensei Masao Kagawa (8th Dan) and follows the same Shotokan karate style as the KUGB.  The JKS is affiliated to the EKF (English Karate Federation) which is the approved karate governing body in the UK for the WKF (World Karate Federation), therefore giving our members access to a wider range of karate competitions and opportunities in the world. Currently, the Club has 7 black belt students and various members from brown to white belt. The Club is regularly involved in various national  and international competitions.

Sensei Hisham Saif, 3rd Dan, is a 3 x World Champion and 3 x European Champion individually making him one of the most decorated KUGB competitors. Sensei Hisham is the instructor and has sessions 5 times a week. 

Al-Ghazali Shotokan Karate Club Achievements
Sensei Hisham Saif has won World Championships in individual and team kata at junior level (Chicago – 2011). He also won the World Championships at individual kata at senior level (Liverpool – 2013). He became junior European Champion in 2011 (Poland), senior European Champion in 2012 (Serbia) and senior European Champion in 2014 (Zurich). 
Participated in more than 40 local and national tournaments and produced 7 black belts to date.
First female Muslim black belt in the North west region.
Muslim Female brown belts where first to achieve first place in North Wales competition 2003.
One of the youngest National Champions– Hisham Saif who reached black belt status at the age of 9 years old. Winning more than 70 trophies gold, silver & bronze.

In 2013, the World Shotokan Karate Association championships (WSKA) was held at the ECHO arena in Liverpool. Sensei Hisham was the first Senior individual kata champion to be produced from England.
 Hisham continued to win the world title consistently. In 2014, he won the European Shotokan Karate Association Championships (ESKA) and earned himself a double gold one individual and one in the team kata event. In 2015, Hisham competed in the World Shotokan Karate Association championships (WSKA) in Poland, he managed to retain his world title and in the same year at the European Shotokan Karate Association Championships also retained his European title at Crawley, London.

Sensei Hisham Saif –

Black belt 3rd DAN


European Shotokan Karate Champion 2015
World Shotokan Karate Champion 2015
European Shotokan Karate Champion 2014
World Shotokan Karate Champion 2013
European Shotokan Karate Champion 2012
Best Arab Athlete in the West Award 2012
KUGB British National Champion (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

World Champion in Individual Kata, 2011 (Senior)
World Champion in Team Kata, 2011 (Senior)
European Champion, 2014 (Senior)
European Champion, 2011/12 (Junior)
UK National Champion in Kata 2003, 2004 and 2006

Kata and Kumite Champion 2007
Member of the K.U.G.B English Kata Squad

Sensei
Abdulrahman Saif – Black belt 2nd Dan
Team Kata – British Champion. 1st place 2015
Youth European Shotokan Karate Champion 2015
Youth British National Shotokan Karate Champion

Black belt 2nd Dan

Sensei Ilyas Hamid – Black belt 2nd Dan
Team Kata – British Champion. 1st place 2015
Yusuf Pauls  – Black belt 1st Dan
Team Kata – British Champion. 1st place 2015
 
Anhar Saif – Black belt 1st Dan 
 
Abdirahman Ahmed – Black belt 1st Dan
 The Club is open to both male and female members from age 5 and above.

Fees:
Children: £3.50 per session
Adults: £4.50 per session

Session Times:
Saturday: 3:15pm – 4:15pm (Beginners: White belt to Purple belt at Archbishop Blanch School, Liverpool, 80 Earle Road, L7 6HQ

Sunday: 3:15pm – 4:15pm (Beginners: White belt to Purple belt) at Al-Ghazali Centre

Monday: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (Advanced: Purple 1 stripe and above) at Al-Ghazali Centre
Wednesday: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (Advanced: Purple 1 stripe and above) at Al-Ghazali Centre

 

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