Three champions mark milestone for Backwell club

PUBLISHED: 17:48 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:48 18 September 2018

Backwell Karate.

Backwell Karate.


Backwell Karate celebrated their 40th anniversary with three former European and world champions attending.

Three European and world champions descended on Bristol last weekend to celebrate 40 years of Bristol Karate Academy’s oldest dojo - Backwell Karate.

More than 60 students and visitors took part in a celebration of karate at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre with instructors whose achievements include winning the World Shotokan Karate Championships in Japan and multiple other British, world and European titles.

The seminar was split into three groups, based on the experience of those attending, meaning everyone was able to get the best out of their time with each of the champions whose successes span the whole of Backwell Karate’s 40-year history.

Former SKI world champion, Sensei Aidan Trimble (8th Dan) kicked off proceedings with strike and kick drills.

Former ESKA European Champion and current Northern Region all-styles squad coach Sensei Matt Price (6th Dan) followed this up with a packed session including kumite (fighting) drills to improve footwork, reaction, response and smooth movement.

Finally, Sensei Hisham Saif (3rd Dan) demonstrated some of the precision, style and dynamism that saw him crowned both WSKA World Shotokan champion and ESKA European Shotokan champion.

Celebrating history

In all, the day was a noteworthy event to acknowledge the founding of karate in the village of Backwell by brothers-in-law, Bryan Gideon and Bob Padfield, in 1978.

The club started at Backwell School on the invitation of one of the teachers there and since then has grown to become a thriving club in the community, with its members achieving both regional and national medals - and even becoming KUGB England squad members.

Sensei Bryan Gideon continues to teach at the club 40 years on and was presented with a small gift in acknowledgement of such a major milestone for the Backwell dojo.

If you’d like to give karate a go in Backwell, Nailsea, Long Ashton or Westbury-on-Trym, then Bristol Karate Academy currently have a small number of new starter spaces. To find out more visit

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