"The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants" - Funakoshi Gichin


  • Sensei Ronnie Christopher
    Ronnie Christopher began his Karate training at the age of 14 and it soon became obvious to his instructors that he had something special. He lived up to their expectations by being selected to represent England and Great Britain at junior and senior level competing in numerous international competitions.

    This meant that he would spend the next 16 years training under the personal guidance of the world famous Sensei Enoeda and KUGB senior coach, Andy Sherry of whom Ronnie says: "That squad session pushed me to my absolute limit physically and mentally; it came within a hairs breath of breaking me. It was one of those defining moments in ones life when you have to make a decision... give up totally or put in 110% effort; for me there was no half way house. I trained diligently and I would allow myself 2 days a week off from karate training, which meant I was training 5 times a week. Psychologically saying I can rest for 2 days sounds great, as opposed to I must train 5 times a week."

    Ronnie devotes his time to passing on his vast amount of knowledge to his karate students. One of the key components to his very effective and enjoyable teaching style is his unending passion and enthusiasm. Some of his students have followed in his footsteps and have also represented England at junior and International senior level winning the karate Union Of Great Britain British Championships. Ronnie believes that the mental side of karate is just as important as the physical side and this is the reason why his karate clubs bare the name Ruach.
    • World Team Champion x2
    • Silver Medalist in World Championships x2
    • Senior European Team Champion x2
    • Senior European Individual Champion
    • Under 21 European Team Champion
    • Under 21 European Individual Champion
    • Senior European Individual Champion
    • English Karate Board British All Styles Team Champion x4
    • English Karate Board British All Styles Individual Champion x3
    • Karate Union Of Great Britain British Champion x4
    • Karate Union Of Great Britain Shotokan Cup Champion (National Individual Championships) x4
  • Sensei Gary Beggan
    Gary started training in martial arts at the age of 15 beginning with Olympic wrestling and wado ryu karate. As part of the Olympic wrestling training he was fortunate enough to spend a training session with the British Judo Olympic squad learning floor techniques. After taking a break from Martial arts for school study purposes he returned in 1985 to study shotokan karate under the guiding hand of Sensei Bob Hudson to further his ability he also trained with Sensei Ronnie Christopher. The majority of his Kyu gradings were under Andy Sherry or Bob Pointen taking his Black Belt under Sensei Enoeda at Bath in 1988. During his training life he has been fortunate enough to receive instruction from some of the finest exponent of Karate namely: Sensei Enoeda, Sensei Otha, Sensei Tabata, Sensei Tanaka, Sensei Yahara, Sensei Kase, Sensei Kanasowe, Sensei Shiri, Sensei Andy Sherry, Sensei Bob Rhodes, Sensei Billy Higgins, Sensei Terry O Neil, Sensei Bob Pointen, Sensei Frank Brennan, Sensei Steve Cattle. More recently Gary considers himself very lucky to have had the opportunity to train with Shihan Minakarmi on his recent British Tour.

    Gary's Motivation for Karate
    Whenever Gary trains, he says that he feels like he is training with friends, a family of friends. There are no egos just an honest encouragement to achieve the best that you can be. He is left with a warm feeling of satisfaction from the knowledge gained and the improvement made. For Gary, karate goes far beyond the physical element, because he believes that the confidence has has gained from training in Karate has given him the determination to achieve a degree. It was with the same vigour and enthusiasm he had developed from his Karate training that he used in his approach to his studies with the university of Portsmouth.

    Your Karate Training with Sensei Gary Beggan
    Gary has followed Sensei Christopher's lead and always encouraged family participation in training.Here are just a few comments from his students:-

    "I like it because it teaches you self defence and gives you confidence, it also keeps you fit and healthy"

    "Karate helps me keep fit and make new friends"
    • BSc(Hons) University of Portsmouth
    • Chairperson: Ruach Shotokan Karate Association
    • Founder Member of the English Karate Federation
    • Registered Black Belt with Japan Karate Association (JKA)
  • Sensei Dave Hughes
    I began training in Shotokan karate at Sensei Ronnie Christopher's dojo at Cocksmoors Woods in 1987. In 1990 I was selected to join the senior squad and had the pleasure to represent the club at many competitions. I achieved my black belt 1st dan under Sensei Enoeda in 1992.Since when, under Sensei Christopher's watchful eye, my training to be an instructor began. In 2000 I helped to set up the Stratford upon Avon clubs, and have been teaching there on a twice weekly basis ever since.

    In 2005 I passed my 2nd dan under Sensei Christopher and Sensei Cummings, and am currently training for my 3rd dan.
    • Resident Instructor at Stratford Upon Avon clubs
  • Sensei John Cutler
    "I started Karate because I wanted to learn how to defend myself.

    I started training in Shotokan Karate in the mid 1990s in Great Barr with a club affiliated to the Amateur Shotokan Karate Association. I took a break from training from 1998 when I moved to London to work and study at university. After moving to Stourbridge, I started training at Kidderminster and Hagley in 2003. It took me until 2009 to work my way through the Kyu grades, when in December of the same year I got my Shodan.

    In 2010, with the guidance of Sensei Ronnie I began teaching at Kidderminster. I really enjoy teaching and find it rewarding to see a student get a technique or a kata right that they have been trying to learn for weeks.

    I teach at Kidderminster nearly every Sunday and I teach Business Studies and Economics at a school in Dudley to pay the bills."
    • B. A. (Hons) in Economics 2:1 - University of Central England
    • MsSoc Economic History - University of Birmingham
    • P.G.C.E in Secondary Education - Worcester University
  • Sensei Lee Baker
    I enjoy karate and all it's merits, especially teaching as it gives me the opportunity to pass on the knowledge I have learnt. I have attended various course with Sensei Ronnie Christopher, Sensei Sean Roberts, Sensei Cyril Cummins and Shihan Akio Minakami and also Ticky Donovan; which I have benefited from greatly. I achieved my second dan in May 2009.

    "karate at it's best, good qualified teaching from Sensei Lee, structured but also enjoyable. An excellent way to keep fit and learn the martial art too." Quote from Jez Smith, 1st Kyu, Tamworth.
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  • Sensei Mark Powell
    Mark began training in karate in 1984 at the age of 16 ,with Sensei Ronnie Christopher and gained his 1st Dan black belt in 1988 under the late master Enoeda.

    During the period of 1987 to the year 2000, Mark was a member of Ruach Karate Clubs and trained at Cocks Moors Woods and competing in several national and regional championships. He began competing as a 1st Kyu brown belt going on to win a number of competitions with the team, which included member's Sensei Ronnie Christopher, Lloyd Price, Gregory Hegarty and David Hughes to name but a few.

    Mark was also a member of the Central Region Squad trained by Sensei Frank Brennan and during this period he was awarded his 2nd Dan (Dec 1993) and 3rd Dan(Apr 1999) under the late Sensei Enoeda.

    In June 2005 under the watchful eyes of Sensei Cyril Cummings and Sensei Ronnie Christopher he has now gained his 4th Dan.

    Mark says "I have always been inspired by Sensei Ronnie Christopher in his teaching and training, the way he has time for the students from white belts to black belts; no one is afraid to approach him with their queries. I hope that I can be as half as good at teaching students as Sensei."

    MOTVATION- "I had failed my 1st Dan grading the first and second time too. I was feeling quite down and Sensei Ronnie Christopher took me to one side and said "You will get there". With this thought in my head, I trained even harder and stronger with Sensei always watching and pushing me very hard, I was very determined and motivated to pass the third and final time around. My thought is "Never give up!" Train hard and regularly if you can get to the dojo little early do some training and practice and at home. As Sensei always said to me..."You will get there!"

    • The year 2005 has been a wonderful year for me. Getting married to Miss Sarah Willock (now Mrs Powell) was my greatest achievement but she also gained her Black Belt 1st Dan this year just before I gained my 4th Dan under our Sensei Ronnie Christopher.
  • Sensei Lloyd Price
    Resident Instructor at Cocksmoor Wood leisure Centre and Senior Instructor with Ruach clubs.

    Sensei Lloyd is an integral part of the Black Belt grading panel which is Chaired by Sensei Ronnie Christopher and completed by Sensei Mark Powell 4th dan.
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