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Chief Instructor Greg Hegarty 5th Dan

IMG_0610Greg started Karate in 1984 at the age of 6 after pestering his uncle Ronnie Christopher (a British, European and World Champion himself) into letting him train. His KYU gradings were under the watchful eyes of Sensei Andy Sherry and Sensei Frank Brennan.

Greg took his Shodan (1st Dan) grading in 1988 at the age of 10 under Sensei Sherry and his Nidan (2nd Dan) 2 years later with the late Sensei Enoeda. Due to grading rules he would then have to wait until he was 21 before he could grade again.


When he turned 21 he passed his Sandan (3rd Dan) in 2000, Yondan (4th Dan) in 2006 and more recently his Godan (5th Dan) in 2013.

With such a long wait to grade again he focused his attentions on training and entering  competitions, with great success. Over a period of 20 years below are just some of the titles he won (man and boy).
  • 5 Time Central Region Grand Champion ( KATA & KUMITE)
  • 3 Time National Champion
  • 3 Time Shotokan Cup Champion (National Individual Championships)
  • 2 Time UK Grand Slam Champion
After winning a Silver medal at the National Championships the previous year in 1992 Greg was invited by Sensei  Andy Sherry to train with the KUGB England Junior (16-21 years) squad. At the age of 14 Greg was one of only three Squad members under the age of 16.

Greg went on to become an integral part of both the KUGB English and British Teams.

After representing England as a Junior he went straight into the British Senior Team for the JKA World Championships that were held in Tokyo, Japan, competing at the world famous Nippon Budokan and helping the team win a Bronze medal. Later that same year he went on to win an Individual Bronze medal in the ESKA European Championships scoring an Ippon for an excellently timed ushirogeri (back kick) against multiple World and European Champion Andreas Horn in the 1st round.

Greg held his place on the team winning a number of medals until he called time on his competitive career in 2004.

Greg now runs Solihull Karate Academy in a fun, family like environment as he feels it is important for the members to enjoy themselves while learning the fundamentals of Karate.

 

Assistant Instructor Tom Reilly 1st Dan


IMG_0611Tom first took up Karate at the age of 13. He trained under Sensei Ronnie Christopher and graded under Sensei Frank Brennan up to 1st KYU. After a brief break from training due to work commitments he came back to Karate and in 2006 achieved his 1st Dan under Sensei Ronnie Christopher.

Tom now assists Sensei Hegarty at Solihull Karate Academy and is really enjoying the opportunity to pass on the knowledge he has obtained through many years of hard training.