Club Details: South Glamorgan
Jonathan de' Claire, 4th Dan
Gail de'Claire, 1st Dan
Ross J Lingard, 1st Dan
About the Club
The club at Penarth was orginally formed in the early 1970's and is one of the oldest of the KDS in the UK. John Thonga was the original instructor. Succeeding him was Alan Jones who reached 3rd. Later, Ian MacKenzie took up the reins before moving to the Cardiff University club. Jonathan de' Claire - 4th Dan, is now the senior club coach at the club has been a member since the late 70's.
Jonathan de' Claire the club coach is also a Welsh Karate Governing Body coach assessor. He regularly teaches or assists on overseas courses with the technical executive and Master Harada. Jonathan instructs on a national basis at UK courses also.
Jonathan has interviewed Master Harada and also written several articles all of which have been published in the Shotokan Karate Magazine (SKM). Jonathan has also supplied his own photographic material to accompany these. All of these can also be veiwed on the main KDS website.
South Glamorgan has a thriving and very sucessful flagship Junior club which is over 10 years old. At present the long term development planning has resulted in 5 Cadet blackbelts between the ages of 12 and 16 year. The junior element acts as a feeder club for the seniors. Some of the students who have gone through the junior programme have gone onto continue their progress at some of the University clubs around the country.
The senior club is well established with a strong social aspect also. The clubs attends national courses on a regular basis. Indeed the instructor teaches at many of them.
Summer school is high on the senior clubs list of events, each year the club has a strong attendance at this week long event.
Headlands School Gym,
2 St. Augustines Road,
Vale of Glamorgan,
Monday 7-9pm Seniors
Wednesday 5-6pm Juniors
Wednesday 7-9pm Seniors
Please note the alternate location of the juniors club:
Lower Penarth Community Hall,
Vale of Glamorgan