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Tim Griffiths

Sensei Tim Griffiths holds the rank of 6th Dan JKS, having graded in Japan under a panel including the JKS World Chief Instructor, Kagawa Shihan. He qualified as an instructor in 2001 and is the 2023 JKS England National Kata Champion.

Tim began training in 1992, gaining his black belt four years later. Since then, he has trained with some of the most renowned names in Karate, including Senseis Enoeda, Asai, Kanazawa, Abe, Kagawa, O'Neill, Yamaguchi and Brennan. Tim recounts some of his most special karate memories from trips outside of the UK, having trained for short periods at both the Japan Karate Shoto Federation (JKS) and the Japan Karate Association (JKA) headquarters in Tokyo, at the dojo of WTKO Chief Instructor Richard Amos Sensei in New York and also in Los Angeles under the tutelage of the late Master Nishiyama, one of the JKA's founders. Tim particularly appreciates the opportunity to train regularly with some of today's inspirational new breed of instructors, such as former European champion and current JKS England national coach, Sensei Matthew Price.

In competition, Tim has had a number of successes, including being the 2022 BKF British Champion and the 2023 JKS England Champion in Male Senior Kata, Male Masters Kata and Senior Team Kata. He was a medallist at the Commonwealth Karate Championships, a bronze medallist at the Karate England (EKF) all-styles National Championships and a silver medallist at the British Universities All-styles Karate Championships. He is a six-time KUGB national medallist and was 12-times KUGB Southern Region Champion, having won all four senior events at least once each. For more tournament highlights, click here.

As the Chief Instructor at Bristol Karate Academy, Tim continues to train hard to develop personally and also to keep bringing fresh ideas to students of the club.

National & international honours

JKS England National Senior Kata Champion (2023), 2x Masters Kata Champion (2022, 2023) and 3x Team Kata Champion (2016, 2018, 2023)
BKF all-styles British Champion in +35 Male Kata (2022)
Basel International Open +35 Male Kata silver medallist (2023)
CKF Commonwealth Club Championship bronze medallist in +35 Male Kata (2022)
Karate England (EKF) all-styles individual kata bronze medallist (2006)
3x KUGB Shotokan Cup National Championship individual kata bronze medallist (2006, 2012, 2013)
2x KUGB National Team Kata silver medallist (2014, 2018)
KUGB Grand Slam Senior Kata bronze medallist (2006)
BUCS (BUSA) all-styles student national Senior Kata silver medallist (2002)
KUGB England national kata squad member for 12 years
JKS England national kata squad member (2022-2023)

Key regional and open honours

2x Central England Open (all-styles) +35 Male Kata Champion (2022, 2023)
Cumbrian Open Senior Pairs Kata Champion & +35 Male Kata Champion (2023)
Southern England Karate Open +35 Male Kata Champion (2023)
KSE Open Championships +35 Male Kata Champion (2023)
5x KUGB Southern Region Kata Champion (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
4x KUGB Southern Region Team Kata Champion (2012, 2016, 2017, 2018)
2x KUGB Southern Region Team Kumite Champion (2013, 2014)
KUGB Southern Region Kumite Champion (2013)
2x KUGB South West Grand Champion (2015, 2017) - winner of Kata, Kumite and Team Kata at same tournament
Legend Open Individual Kata & Team Kata Champion (2015)
WTKO Ireland Team Kata Champion (2016)
HDKI Open Team Kata Champion (2017)

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