Reading Karate Club Instructors
The instructors at the Reading Karate
club are insured through Insure4Sport and registered with England
Wado Kai. Amongst our instructors are qualified First Aiders,
as is the Club Secretary who also holds
a child protection certificate in sport. All adult instructors and
the club secretary have had CRB checks.
Currently the club instructor is Rob Barrett (2nd Dan, Black Belt). The Club secretary is Lorraine
The senior instructor for the association is
Sensei Barry Wilkinson (7th Dan, Black
In April 2000 Rob agreed to start karate
training during a night out with old university friend, Richard
Moore. Sensei Moore had recently taken on the Wokingham Karate
Club and was keen to increase the number of members. After being
reminded of his promise the next day, Rob had his very first karate
lesson the following Friday and after a few weeks was hooked,
grading for his 8th Kyu (Yellow) later that year.
At the start of 2001 Rob started additional training at Bracknell
under Sensei Jannet Bowden achieving 7th Kyu in March that year.
Following a move to West Reading, Rob started
training at the Reading Wado Dojo under Sensei Marcus Bowden,
achieving 6th Kyu (Green) in December 2001, 5th Kyu (Blue) in
March 2002 and 4th Kyu in December 2002.
In the summer of 2003 Rob started regular training at
Karate Club under Sensei Paul Knight and continued training there until 2012.
Sensei Marcus left the Reading Club, Rob continued to train, being
taught by Senseis Barry Wilkinson
and Russel Kenyon; achieving 3rd Kyu (junior brown) in December
2004, 2nd Kyu (middle brown) in December 2005 and 1st Kyu (senior
brown) in March 2007.
In October 2006 Rob took on the role of instructing at Reading Wado Karate Club along with Carl Spiller and Rebecca Moreland.
In 2008 Rob started training at Aldershot Karate Club, under Sensei Barry Wilkinson.
In May 2009 Rob was awarded the black belt grade of Shodan, following an assessment at the 2009
England Wado-Kai Karate Summer Course, the biggest event of the
England Wado-Kai Calendar.
In May 2014 Rob was awarded the
black belt grade of Nidan (Second Dan), following an assessment by Sensei Barry Wilkinson, Sensei Sir Brian Hayes CBE QPM and Sensei Andy Dare at the 2014
England Wado-Kai Karate Summer Course.
Currently Rob is instructing at Reading Karate
Club and is continuing his training to develop his karate with regular training under the associations Chief Instructor.
he isn't karate training, Rob runs his own business as a graphic/ web designer
and spends his spare time participating in, and coaching, white-water
kayaking with the Adventure
Dolphin Centre in Pangbourne as a Coach Level 3 (kayak).
Rob is a qualified first aider (Royal
Berkshire Ambulance Service Trained) and has been CRB checked.
He has also completed a Safeguarding Children, Child Protection
Course accredited by Wokingham Borough Council, West Berkshire
District Council, NHS Berkshire West and Reading Borough Council.
Rob is insured through Insure4Sport and registered with England
After watching her son Carl progressing
through the Kyu grades, Lorraine decided that 'if you can't beat
them, join them' and took on the role of Club Secretary in 2002.
Since then she has seen us through several Senseis and organised
our relocation to the South Reading Youth and Community Centre
in May 2006.
duties include bookkeeping, banking, the purchase of club equipment
and clothing, putting up posters, delivering flyers, taking karate
fees and much much more. As Club Secretary, Lorraine is the hub
of the Reading Karate Club and even manages to keep the instructors
After constant nagging by her son Carl about
starting karate. Lorraine finally gave in and started training
in February 2007.
In May 2007 Lorraine passed her 8th Kyu (yellow) grading.
Lorraine holds a child protection certificate
in sport and a paediatric first aid certificate.