Team: Branch Instructors

Louise Hopkinson

Louise Hopkinson

 

Name: Louise Hopkinson
Nickname: Lou / Muuuuuum! (Always from a different room!)
Grade:1st Dan Black Belt. I achieved my black belt in September 2019 and I am very proud of that achievement.
Dojo/s: I instruct at Tottington Primary Dojo on Monday evenings (then shoot myself straight over to senior class to train myself!). I also train at Darwen with Sensei Mike Beckwith and train at other classes whenever I can. I also love attending training seminars with guest instructors from other clubs, especially when we get the opportunity to train with visiting Japanese instructors.
Full time or Volunteer: I am a volunteer Sensei. I only started instructing in July 2019 and Tottington dojo is my first proper class of my own! I always felt very anxious about standing at the front instructing and lacked confidence in myself and in my own karate, so I intended to say an absolute NO when Mike Sensei asked me to be a Sempai, but for reasons unknown to this day I said Yes! & I’m so glad now that I did. I was a Sempai for Sensei’s Mike & Leesa for ages before I plucked up the courage to finally take the plunge and become a Sensei with my own class. I now absolutely love being an instructor and seeing my students flourish. Karate has done wonders for my own self confidence.
Why did you start: I started training in Karate because my son Luke joined the club and I didn’t want to sit on a bench bored for hours watching him. My first ever class was with Sensei Teresa at Chesham dojo in January 2014. She wasn’t too tough on me, so I went back again with my son the next week! I got hooked and have never looked back! My son has since stopped training but I wanted to carry on. I have made some lovely lifelong friends at karate and Red Tiger is a very friendly and supportive family club. I always encourage other parents to kick off their shoes and jump in line and have a go, and I love it when other mums join in!
What keeps you training: I love the fact that there is always something to work on in karate, you can never know it all, and that is what keeps me training. There is always a new kata to learn, new kumite drills to practise, always a way to perfect move, so karate never gets boring. Karate is ongoing, there is always something new to learn. I love it and looking forwards to a time when we can train in a dojo again!
Job in the real world: I work full time and I am a special educational needs teaching assistant. I work in an SEN high school. I love my job and am lucky to work with some truly wonderful students and staff.
Favourite part of karate: My favourite part of karate is kata. I’ve always felt that I could do better at kumite and it’s something that I have to work on. But, I believe, to be good at karate you have to have the balance of both. I enjoy training, even if I feel tired before a class, I always walk out buzzing and glad that I trained.
Hobbies other than karate: Other than karate I love hiking in the countryside (there’s nothing comfier than a pair of hiking boots!) and I enjoy going for long walks with my dog. I also love visiting my little caravan that I keep in Cumbria at the weekends, and can’t wait to visit again after lockdown is over – I’ve missed it!
Daryl Brady

Daryl Brady

Name: Daryl Michael Brady Nickname: none – feel free to come up with one! Grade: Nidan Dojo/s: I’m a fairly new instructor and have been teaching just over a year. My partner Emma Sensei and I had a baby last year so whilst she was pregnant and on maternity leave I covered her classes. IContinue Reading

Jon Curtis

Jon Curtis

Name: Jon Curtis Nickname: Jonboy Grade: 1stKyu, Brown with 2 white stripes Dojo: Stockton Heath (Warrington) Tuesday class and Stockton Heath Thursday class Why did you start: Like many other instructors I started because of my children. A very good friend of mine, Andy Perris, had trained with Red Tiger with his son for aContinue Reading

Lee Edwards

Lee Edwards

Name: Lee Edwards Nickname: Eddy; Jackie Khan (from my wife); Barnacle (a friend who I did not get on with called me this from school); Shaggy (from scooby doo because of the beard) Grade: 2ndDan Black Belt achieved in November 2017 Dojo/s: I teach the beginners class at Thornleigh on Monday night. I also useContinue Reading

Jaime Padron

Jaime Padron

Name: Jaime Padron (It’s Spanish and my first name is pronounced “Hi-Me”) Nickname: Jaime, Jamie, James, Jimmy, Jammy, Himmy, Hammy Why Did You Start and What Keeps You Training? My Karate Journey started in 1991 when I attended a local Dojo in Tenerife, Spain. I remember neither the name of the club nor that ofContinue Reading

Helen Dolan

Helen Dolan

Name: Helen Dolan Nickname: H, Henry (childhood nickname from being a tomboy!). Most things John Sensei calls me can’t be repeated here! Grade: Shodan, 1st Dan Black Belt Dojo/s: I am lead instructor for the Whitefield Dojo and help John Sensei out at the Radcliffe Dojo. I train at Thornleigh for Senior class, Darwen DojoContinue Reading

Helen Finney

Helen Finney

Name: Helen Finney Nickname: H, Ella (my dad’s the only who calls me that though) Grade: Shodan – 1st Dan Black belt (to be honest that’s something I never thought I’d be able to say and two and a half years on I think it’s still sinking in!) Dojo/s: I teach at Haslingden and trainContinue Reading

Aurelie Girault

Aurelie Girault

Name: Aurélie Girault and if you wondering how to say my first name it’s oh ray lee. If you thought I was French then yes you’re right (maybe my “slight” accent gave it away) Nickname: Lily /Lil Grade: Nidan (2nd Dan Black Belt) Dojo/s: I teach at St Thomas Primary school in Leigh on Tuesdays.Continue Reading