Sensei Tim Griffiths holds a 5th Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate. He qualified as an instructor in 2001 and is the 2022 British Karate Federation Male +35 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, Sherry, Kagawa, O'Neill,
Poynton 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 at both regional and national level, including being the 2022 BKF British Champion in Male +35 Kata. In other individual events he was a national medallist at the Karate England (EKF) all-styles National Championships, the British Universities All-styles Karate Championships and three times at the KUGB Shotokan Cup National Championship. In team events, he is a two-time JKS England team kata gold medallist and twice silver medallist at the KUGB National Championships. In Open competitions he is the 2015 Legend Open Individual & Team Kata Champion, 2016 WTKO Team Kata Champion and 2017 HDKI Ireland Team Kata Champion. He is also 12-times KUGB Southern Region Champion, having won all four senior events at least once each.
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.