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Name: Claire Kemp

D.O.B: 30/12/80

Grade: Black belt June 2014

I began karate after a major car accident in my early twenties. I needed an activity that would help with my recovery, be a challenge & also allow me to regain a good level of mobility. I knew i had not picked an easy path but slowly I became stronger & I never looked back

I am currently a 1st Dan and have competed for the Wado Kai England team at European & world level. I have been lucky enough to compete & train in many countries including Japan-training under Okumachi Sensei. I am also an EKF tatami qualified coach

Tournament success

Silver Budapest European Wado Kai indivudual  +68kg 2015

Silver team Budapest Wado Kai European team  senior ladies

Gold mixed team Budapest Wado Kai

Bronze worlds Wado Kai  individual +68kg Japan

Bronze team Wado Kai Japan ladies senior

Gold central England 2015, bronze 2016. Meopham, PC karate, London international

Arawaza cup +68kg Germany gold

Domestic comp medals in home competition

Goals & aspirations

To continue to train students successfully whether they are working through the wado Ryu Curriculum or competing at sport karate. To develop athletes from grassroots karate to successful squad athletes & in turn to those who can ultimately perform on the international circuit


Sociology & Social policy. 2:1 Warwick University
Completing modules in the Sociology of sport, with particular attention to gender & the mass media, the sociology of health & fitness. The structure of modern day sport & the development of sports policy & the sociology of sports law

Published article in sociology review journal

Also interviewed for a piece of work on 'how women's role has changed & developed within the field of combat sports'

L4 Qualified sports therapist

Including Qualifications in Nutrition for performance & recovery & Anatomy and physiology
Advanced mobilisation, neuromuscular treatment of soft tissue injuries &
Corrective exercise to improve dysfunction & support performance
Able to undertake objective physical assessments for dysfunction & optimal performance
Pre & post event recovery

Claire Kemp