SENSEI JOE ANDREWS 5TH DAN
Joe started training in Shotokan Karate in 1998 aged 9 and was awarded his 1st Dan black belt in December 2003. Joe has been a member of AKA, TSKA and WKF before joining British Combat Karate Association in 2017 and established the Street Shotokan Karate Club. In 2019 Joe started Somerset Applied Karate; an affiliation of clubs also taught by Sensei Greg Lynham, later to rejoin in 2020 and become collectively known as Somerset Applied Karate. As we as Karate, Sensei Joe also trains in Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Yang Family Tai Chi among others.
Sensei Joe worked as a nightclub doorman and various security jobs for over 10 years, gaining experience in violence prevention, violence management, de-escalation, communication and social psychology. He used this expertise to help teach his students how to watch for signs of violence and how to avoid or manage the situation. It is also during this time that Joe realised what does and does NOT work in combative martial arts!
Joe has trained with some great names in Karate and Martial Arts such as Iain Abernethy, Peter Consterdine, Christian Wedewardt, Les Bubka, Andi Kidd, Tommy Joe Moore, Mary Stevens, John Johnston, Leigh Simms, Bob Rhodes, Terry O’Neill, Shinji Akita, Gary Roberts, Elwin Hall, Gerry Bryan, Mario Spillere, Leon Jay and Paul Herbert.
SENSEI GREG LYNHAM 4TH DAN
Greg started training in Karate and Kickboxing in 1997 under Sensei Geoff Richards of the Wells and Street Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing clubs. Greg has trained consistently for over 20 years and was graded to 3rd dan in 2011.
During his time in the martial arts Greg has attended a number of seminars and courses by some of the worlds top Karateka including Sensei Iain Abernethy, Shihan Chris Rowen and Hanshi Patrick McCarthy.
In addition to Shotokan, Greg has also attended courses in various arts such as Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Wing Chun and Jiu Jitsu.