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Keith Burns started Karate in 1979 at the age of 13 and has been teaching Karate for over 35 years. Because of his determination he trained as much as possible, and at the age of 16 took his 1st Dan in 1982 with the late Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda 9th Dan and at the age of 16 he became the youngest Karate instructor in Northumberland often teaching much older adults.

 

Encouraged by his senior instructor Sensei Ian Willis to enter competitions he was to have a competitive career that spanned almost 20 years and won numerous Kata and Kumite titles both local and nationally. Keith was a regular member of the Northern Region Kumite squad for 10 years and was proud to represent the squad in international competition in Sardinia and Brussels as well as numerous events in this Country. His most memorable was competing twice Sardinia in the IKA European Championships where he was placed 1st in team Kumite & 3rd in individual Kumite 

 

In 2012 he opened Kaizen Karate Club. The club has over 100 members training at 4 venues 6 days week. 

 

After competing for almost 20 years Keith decided it was time to give something back and in 2015 qualifying as a KUGB Judge he said,

 

“It’s always a great privilege to judge Kumite and Kata events and seeing competitors develop and grow their Karate skills” 

 

Keith has had many highlights during his Karate life, two that top his list are

-Watching his daughter Maya Burns follow in his footstep and compete nationally and internationally for the England KUGB team at World and European Championships.

-After 38 years of Karate training passing his 6th Dan in October 2017 under the ever-watchful eyes of Sensei Andy Sherry, Sensei Bob Poynton and Sensei Frank Brennan.

 

 

Keith has been privileged to train with some of the best Karate instructors in the world but said 

 

“The greatest influence has been the dedication and time all the senior KUGB instructors give, this is the strength of the KUGB and something I endeavor to pass on to my students”. 

 

 

Sensei Keith's  achievements:-  

 

1980 KUGB Northern Region Championships 

2nd Boys over 5 foot Kumite

 
1981 Became a member of the Northern  region Squad

1981 Carlisle Open Competition 

2nd Boys over 5 foot Kumite 


1982 Passed  Shodan grading with Sensei  Enoeda

 
1983 Gateshead Open 

2nd Men's Senior team Kumite 


1984 North east Open 3rd youth Kumite

1984  Passed  Nidan grading with Sensei Enoeda

 
1985 Carlisle Open Competition 

2nd Men's senior Individual Kumite                   

2nd Men's Senior team Kumite 

 

1986 Middlesbrough Open

1stMen's Senior Individual Kata 


1987 Middlesbrough Open

1st Men's senior Individual Kumite      

3rd Men's senior Individual Kata 


1988 Northern Open 

1st Men's senior Individual Kata

 

1988 Middlesbrough Open 

2nd Men's senior Individual Kata

 

1988 Carlisle Open Competition 

1st Men's senior Individual Kata

 

1988 Newcastle Open 

3rd Men's senior Individual Kata

 

1988 B.I.K.A Invitational 

1st  Men's Senior team Kumite                            

2nd Men's senior Individual Kata

 

1988 Northern Region Team member  

Friendly International Match against Holland 

 

1989 Newcastle Open 

2nd Men's senior Individual Kata

 

1989 B.A.S.K.A Northern Open

1st Men's senior Individual Kumite                         

2nd Men's senior Individual Kata                       

3rd  Men's Senior team Kumite

 

1989  Northern Region  Team member  

 Friendly International Match- Sardinia 

3rd Men's senior Individual Kumite

 

1991  Passed Sandan grading with Sensei Enoeda

 

1991 Darlington open 

1st Men's senior Individual Kumite                       

3rd Men's Senior team Kata                        

3rd  Men's Senior team Kumite

1992  Northern squad  inter-regional  Friendly 

1st  Men's Senior team Kumite

 

1994  Northern Region  Team member  

 Friendly International Match  in Sardinia 

3rd Men's senior Individual Kumite  

1st  Men's Senior team Kumite

 

1998 Passed  Yondan grading with Sensei Enoeda


1999 Gateshead Open 

1st  Men's Senior team Kumite           

3rd Men's senior Individual Kumite

 

1999 Retired from competitive Karate

 
2003 Karate Demonstration E.S.K.A Championships 
Sunderland 

 

1981-1994 Member of the Northern Region Squad

 

1981-To present   Karate Instructor

 

2009 Passed Godan grading with Sensei Sherry

2015 Qualified as a KUGB Judge

2017 Passed Rokudan grading with Sensei Sherry

 2018 Qualified as a KUGB Referee