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Bob Rhodes Profile

The KUGB - Karate Union of Great Britain - generated many superb fighters. Bob Rhodes was won of them.

Rhodes, born 3rd March 1946 in Leeds, was always actively very interested in the sports, practicing several sports such as cricket, football and swimming. In a strange turn of events, despite plans to join the Navy, due to a misplacement of paperwork he did not end up joining.

Instead, he joined a local karate club. The classes and teaching was not all that technical or in-depth, but in 1967 however, at the age of twenty, he found another karate club, with a far higher standard, so decided to join.

Rhodes climbed through the grades very quickly and soon took an interest in competition, staring fighting for the club team, and eventually became a member of the famous all styles team that defeated Japan in the 1975-77 World Championships in Los Angeles. What an impression Rhodes must have made.

In 1971 he was selected to become a grading examiner, and in 1974 decided to make karate his profession. For eight years, he was a member of both the K.U.G.B. National Squad and the Great Britain All-Karate Styles Squad, being very successful in the individual events, and gaining an impressive reputation not only as an excellent fighter, but also an instructor.

Rhodes is a qualified international referee and is on the KUGB technical committee, and is a loyal supporter of the KUGB. He still teaches and promotes Shotokan from his dojo in Torquay, and has produced many successful competitors such as Sean Roberts who in his own right has reached impressive heights of competitive and instructional success.

Rhodes loves karate, and continues to teache at all of the KUGB summer courses. Those who train with him comment on his technical ability, and despite not being quite as young as he once was, he is as nimble as ever, with his kata applications still keeping his students jaws on the ground.