|Charles Gidley in action
|Charles Gidley and John Mullin
It is a pleasure to recognize Sensei Charles Gidley, Chief Instructor of the British Shotokan Kyogi International and Affiliated member of the WTKO, as Instructor of The Month. Charles Gidley is a complex, and fascinating individual. He has a sharp whit, and he trains constantly demanding of himself as much as
he does of his students.
I had the great privilege of meeting Charles Gidley in 2002 on a visit to the UK and on subsequent visits and I found him to be
a delightful and gregarious man. On one of my visits to the UK I was invited to give a class at his dojo. The group trained with enthusiasm and vigor. He is a no nonsense instructor and likes to mix it up as often as is possible. The class wormed up with ten minutes sparring, and Sensei Gidley was in the thick of it. Sensei
Gidley an old vet, and like myself are past our prime, although I doubt that he will ever admit to it, as was said of me and it applies to us both, our 50th birthday is but a distant memory. Non
the less he is a formidable karate man and has more than
a few tricks up his sleeve. I don't think there
are many men half his age that train with his attitude
and enthusiasm. He definitely sets and example for
He is a delightful gentleman, and he has a lifetime of karate experience. A former member of the KUGB from its golden era, the 70's and 80's, he approaches karate with a no-nonsense take no prisoners attitude.
His depth and breadth of knowledge and insight
is born of many years of intense training at the highest
level in the UK. His teams have won numerous international championships and continue to travel and compete around the world.
He brought his 7 person squad to the U.S. for the 2003
WTKO North American Championship, and they returned to
the UK loaded down with 17 individual and team
medals. I am pleased to be associated with
such a fine individual and karate man and to call him my
John J. Mullin
Exec. Chairman WTKO