St. Martins Junior Karate Club
St. Martins Junior Karate Club is Lancaster and Morecambe's leading karate and martial arts club dedicated to children. The club have a fully matted dojo and has the latest equipment to aid with training. The club currently raises money for St. John's Hospice through the sale of refreshments at training sessions amongst other things.
The History of St. Martins Junior Karate Club
The history of St. Martins Junior Karate Club goes back to 1985
when it was founded by Sensei Jack Parker(3rd Dan).
Jack Parker , ran the club for many years by himself and has devoted
much of his own time and effort into developing the club, and was
strongly involved until the day he passed away (6th December 2015), the success and experience he
has gained is invaluable to the club. Not only is Jack a big part of
the clubs history but will always remain a strong part of the clubs
future with his legacy. Two of his students now run the club and Jack and his wife Pat donated the Jack Parker Memorial Trophy.
More recently, Paul Turner(6th Dan) and Chris Haggan(5th Dan), have
largely been involved with the running of the club. Paul is the
areas highest graded black belt in Wado Ryu Karate in the area. Both
Paul and Chris trained for years under Jack, and feel they owe a
great deal to his teaching and friendship.
Over the years the club has enjoyed much success in many ways. The
club has had many people gain the black belt and also has a good
history in competitions; local, nationals, opens and also the
International Youth Games.
As mentioned Paul and Chris now play major parts in running the
club. Two other club former club members are still heavily involved
in martial arts. David Hedges helps run a professional martial arts
clubs in Dublin (Wild Geese).
Dave visits our club a few times a year and his own unique teaching
style is popular with higher grades. Lee Bartholomew fights with the
English national squad. Lee occasionally visits the club and helps