Sir Brian Hayes CBE QPM,
President EWKR karate biography

Our President started martial arts in 1962 as a judoka, practising at the London Judo Society (LJS) under George Chew and Eric Dominy.

By 1970, he had achieved Shodan and fought for the Metropolitan Police and Sheffield University. Following a serious shoulder dislocation, he changed to karate in 1972, first studying kyokushinkai at the LJS with Steve Arneil and Bill Wright, then moving to Wado Ryu with the late Master Tatsuo Suzuki.  He later trained up to Shodan with Jon Alexander in Za Zen, an offshoot of Wado.

Sir Brian started to train under Sensei Barry Wilkinson in 1978 and regraded to Shodan Wado at the Summer Course in 1980. He has
been involved with UKKW , SKW and EWKR ever since, helping to establish the original Guildford Club and also karate in public schools in Surrey. He graded by examination to Nidan in 1987, Sandan in 1991 and Yondan in 1995.  He was awarded Godan in 2001 and Rokudan in 2008. He attended the 1999 Wado World Cup in Japan with Sensei Wilkinson, when they both acted as judges and referees and trained under various Japanese masters. He has also attended courses run by Master Arakawa. He led National Police and Metropolitan Police Teams to tournaments in Spain and France and trained with the Mexican Police in Taekwondo.

The President was awarded the CBE in 1992 and a Knighthood in 1998 by HM the Queen for services to Britain and to Policing. He was also awarded the Queen's Police Medal (QPM). He is an individual member of the Sport and Recreation Alliance (formerly Central Council for Physical Recreation). Although no longer running a club, he trains regularly with Sensei Wilkinson and teaches at Camps and Seminars.

Sir Brian is curently a 7th Dan.


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