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Sensei Trish Bruce - 6th Dan

Trish began her karate training at Ashington SKC in 1992 with instructors Sensei Ian Willis (6th Dan), Sensei Keith Burns (6th Dan) and Sensei Jill Kelly (6th Dan).

She was encouraged to join Ashington Karate club by Sensei Jill Kelly after watching her children train from the sidelines. Sensei Jill has always given Trish continuous support throughout her karate training and continues to be a positive role model and inspiration to her.

Trish believes that karate is a continuous personal challenge offering many rewards. Her main personal highlight and reward was when she passed her 6th Dan in October 2018. That special feeling of personal achievement will be something that she will never forget. It is without a doubt a great honour to be a 6th Dan in the KUGB.

Trish is currently Co Instructor at Ashington Karate Club with Sensei Jill Kelly where they are proud that they are the only KUGB club to have two female 6th Dan instructors.

Some of her proudest moments in karate are the successes of her children, including the day her daughter Tracy won the Children’s Kata event in the National Championships in 1995, and when her son John won the Under 21 Kumite World Championship in 2003; John continued his success with many regional, national, and international titles in kata and kumite and went on to teach and develop his own karate club where Trish trains with him on a regular basis.

Her ultimate aim as an instructor is to bring out the best in every student, regardless of their ability. Trish said “I believe in continuously improving all aspects of my personal training to further develop my role as a Sensei; helping me to achieve a higher standard of instruction. I am very passionate about supporting students to believe in their individual abilities, helping them to develop their skills, and encouraging them to realise their full potential by creating a positive environment in which to train”.