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Low Fell Shotokan Karate Club

Neil Ainsley 2nd Dan

Neil was born in Gateshead in 1963 and started Karate training at the age of 37, after watching his son Liam grade to 7th kyu with Sensei Brennan. Neil decided it was time to, "stop watching and start doing", and began training at Gateshead Leisure Centre under Sensei Bryan McVay in October 2001.

Neil followed Sensei McVay to Denchi Kai in 2003 and began teaching junior grades as an assistant instructor when he became a 1st kyu in 2004. He gained his Shodan in June 2005 with Sensei's Sherry and Brennan and continued to assist at Denchi Kai until Sensei McVay opened Low Fell SCK in September 2006.

Neil joined as the club instructor and has trained there ever since, gaining his Nidan in June 2008, again with Sensei's Sherry and Brennan. He also trains regularly with the most senior instructors in the KUGB, ensuring his knowledge is up to date, in order to pass this on to students in the club.

Neil has had the privilege of assisting a number of students train to regional, national and indeed junior international standard, alongside Sensei McVay, however his greatest thrill was watching Liam pass Shodan at the first attempt in 2003, when he was 12 years old.

Neil's plan for the future is to qualify as a referee and judge, work towards his Sandan grade, and continue to support the outstanding young talent that is being produced through Low Fell SKC.

  • Low Fell Shotokan Karate Club Instructor
  • K.U.G.B.Qualified Instructor.
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