Wantage Shotokan Karate Club has recently said good bye to one of it’s most regular and keenest students, Tom Richards. Tom started training at the club as a 15-year-old in 1993 and has trained under two previous club Sensei’s. In 1998 during a six-month break from university Tom worked in Australia and met a local lass. He has now emigrated and will be marrying one ‘Katrina Parker’ on 22nd September in Ballarat, central Victoria. A number of you may recognise Tom from the photographs, he previously attended the Vince Morris course in Swindon and unfortunately was unsuccessful at a Nidan grading attempt in Tisbury last December.

The club presented Tom with a framed poster with a number of printed photographs from various TSKA and club events. This was personalised with club members signing or writing a few words of encouragement, best wishes and nice worded ‘abuse’! His last training session was going to culminate into a lesson he would never forget by being bundled by forty karate-Ka. Fortunately for him common sense got the better of me and ‘Yame’ was shouted just in time.

Tom has continued his karate training in Melbourne with the Australian School of Shotokan Karate (ASKF) under Sensei Edji Zennel 4th Dan who is the Victorian state kata Coach.

Paul Edwards