Sensei Darren exemplifies the values of karate-do and the reasons we enjoy training karate at WSKU. His friendly and humble demeanour belies a sharp technical mind and a complete repertoire of kumite, kata and kihon.
As a senior instructor, his lessons are grounded in the fulsome and rigorous practice of kihon - the so-called 'basics'. As a fighter, he's a solid tactician and great at closing down opponents with speed and terrific footwork. As a presence in our dojo, he's calm, funny and a pleasure to train with.
Introduced to karate by school friends then aged fifteen, Darren trained alongside some of Wales' most fearsome karateka, including Dave Spettie, John Allen and Tony Bevan. It's fair to say he learned proper sparring in an environment of serious fighters.
I am living proof that it’s never too late to return to karate and you are never too old to train.
Tournament karate as a teenager and later as a senior gave Senei Darren the priceless experience of competitive kata and kumite.
In December 2004 he returned to training with his son Bradley (lovingly known as Alfie to all club mates), who followed in his dad's footsteps and practised karate-do with us and enjoyed competing.
After years of hard training, in March of 2007, Sensei Darren earned his Sho-dan (black belt, 1st dan).
Karate represents the art of fighting, humility, decency and respect for others. Sensei Darren embodies this and we're lucky to have such a dedicated instructor at the top of the line.