Charles Gidley Profile
Born 15th September 1938 in Manchester, Charles Gidley began his training in karate in 1963 in Wado-ryu although he had been boxing since the age of 7.
He became an active member of the Karate Union of Great Britain and stayed with them for 22 years, having joined as a founding member in 1966. He left to form his own association in 1988, the British Shotokan Kyogi International which is affiliated through the Japan Shotokan Karate Association to Keigo Abe Sensei in Tokyo, Japan.
During his period with the KUGB although he fought at association level, he has produced members of the KUGB National Squads both junior and senior, a tradition which he has continued within his own association since leaving.
He has currently many national and international champions within his association and his students took 7 Gold Medals, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze the 2006 JSKA World Championships in New York.
A former student of Sensei Sherry and Sensei Enoeda, he was graded to 6th Dan by Sensei Yoshikazu Sumi, and his 7th Dan from Sensei Keigo Abe. He is a fellow of the International Shotokan-ryu Karate-do Shihankai who awarded him the shogo (title) kyoshi for his efforts and input in the style of Shotokan karate.
Charles is the Technical Director of the JSKA (Great Britain) and is Sensei Keigo Abe ’s senior instructor in the UK and one of the most senior in the JSKA. He is a qualified international referee and instructor and holds ‘A’ Class Examiner status with the Japan Shotokan Karate Association.