Sensei Karen Smith, 1st Dan
Karen started karate in her late thirties and very quickly fell in love with the physical and mental challenges the dojo presented.
Training regularly under Scott Sensei, she started competing under the guidance of Palma Sensei, and is currently GB WTKO champion, second in the European Championships, has several national titles and was runner up ONAKAI veteran in 2013. She particularly enjoys training and competing alongside her youngest son.
She recently started teaching in after-school clubs, where her experience as a pre-school teacher has helped greatly.
She gained her shodan in 2014, after 5 years of regular training - "if I can do it, anybody can!"