Clacton karate instructor to receive international award

THE hard work of a martial arts trainer is about to be officially recognized at a national awards ceremony.

Alistair Thomson is head instructor at Essex Wado Ryu Karate Club in St Osyth Road, Clacton.

He is ranked fifth dan and has been training martial arts for over 40 years, this has not gone unnoticed by grand masters around the world.

Alistair said: “I got into martial arts because it was something interesting that I found doing in the community, the main thing was getting out of my mum’s hair to be honest.

“I was very restless when I was younger and martial arts helped me center and focus my attention.”

Grandmaster Gary Wasnieski, ranked tenth dan, has nominated sensei Alistair for an international master award.

Gary has been training as a martial artist for over 60 years and has worked with Alistair for 15 years.

Grandmaster Gary added: “I, for one, am extremely proud, but I believe I speak for most people in saying that we are very lucky and proud to have such a dedicated sensei at the heart of the game. ‘Essex Wado Ryu Karate in Clacton.’

As part of this award, Alistair will teach at a seminar to showcase his skills, Gary is an international martial arts star with Hollywood connections.

He is working with Alistair on film choreography with the hope of going to the United States this winter to work on a film.

A spokesperson for Essex Wado Ryu Karate Club: “Sensei Alistair is always very humble about what he teaches and the consistency, contribution and influence he has on people’s lives. ”

Allistair added: “We don’t work with the students as a group, we focus on them as individuals to try and get the best out of them.

“The core values ​​of confidence, self-confidence and achievement are very important to me, you don’t have to win a competition, even performing a simple move in front of a small crowd can do wonders for someone’s confidence.” a.”

Alistair will receive this award in London on Saturday June 25.

For more information and to get involved with Essex Wado Ryu Karate in Clacton, visit

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