Sensei Tom is a 3rd Dan Karate instructor and has been involved in martial arts for over 21 years. He started training with Sensei PaulWood at the age of 6 years, as a very shy and nervous child. Martial arts helped him grow in confidence and self believe. Sensei Tomquickly fell in love with karate and in particular competing, he would be competing at every opportunity and regularly taking medals. Within his time competing he has been English National champion and won numerous medals at international level including Gold in the Venice cup event, U.S.A silver medallist, junior World cup bronze medallist & undefeated junior league champion. He has also been previously involved in selection for the English National Karate team.Over recent years Sensei Tom has switched his focus to coaching, with a number of his higher graded students competing regularly. In 2015 Sensei Tom had his first National medallist, with one of his black belt students taking Bronze at the English National championships. Since this he has had numerous national medallists in team Kumite events and is looking forward to more national and international medals in the near future. Along side karate Sensei Tom successfully gained a diploma in sport & fitness. He is currently a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and has spent many years training in mixed martial arts. Within this time he has trained with many top name martial artists including Ian Cuthbert, Christophe Pinna, Luigi Busa, Jordan Thomas, Joe Kellaway, Kevin Capel, Neil McLeod, Roger Gracie and Glenn Stevens to name but a few.Away from martial arts Sensei Tom’s main focus is his family and spending time with his two young daughters. Both of whom now train with him 3 times a week and are starting to take an interest in competition themselves.Sensei Tom: “OSTMA and martial arts in general has given me the confidence to thrive to succeed in many of my goals and ambitions”Goals: “To continue to develop as a Martial Artist, both in my own training and as an instructor within OSTMA. I hope to give my own students the same confidence, guidance and opportunity’s that both martial arts and OSTMA has given me. I will continue to create classes with a fun and friendly atmosphere, while helping my students to stay safe from life's dangers”Contact Sensei Tom
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What people say about sensei Tom
My son has attended karate classes run by Sensei Tom for 9 years since the age of 4. Not only has it been a brilliant way for him to expand his boundless energy whilst learning a new skill, it has helped with his personal development. Being part of OSTMA is not just about learning a martial art, it is about being part of a team run by amazing role models. I cannot recommend it enough!
Joe and Izzy first started karate with Sensei Tom when they were 4 and 6 years old. They are now 15 and 17 and are both black belts. They have always loved their training sessions and Tom has been a fantastic instructor over the years; he is patient, encouraging and supportive. They both now also help out in classes with the younger students which they really enjoy and have benefited from hugely. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sensei Tom and OSTMA
Ruth started Karate a little over a year ago and straight away really clicked with it. This can only be attributed to Sensei Toms ability to engage with the kids. I've found Tom to be very approachable and easy to talk to when I've needed to. Ruths Karate has come on in leaps and bounds over the last 15 months and she seems to be making great progress. She really likes doing Kata and with the help from Tom and his assistant sensei/senpai she's been able to learn ahead of the schedule. When I ask Ruth about her sessions she always has lots of enthusiasm about what they've been doing and clearly loves going. I gave her the option to go more than once a week shortly after starting, and she jumped at the idea, and has been going 3 times a week ever since. As a club, gradings and events are well organised, there are opportunities for students to attend courses and compete in competition at club, national and international level, which is great opportunity and experience for any budding young athlete. In contrast to that, stranger danger and anti bullying is also taught, along with all the other aspects of karate.