The Team

Sensei Keith Henson

Sensei Keith has been training in judo for well over thirty years and is Godan(5th Dan)  Black belt in Judo and Sensei Keith HensonSandan (3rd Dan) in Kendo. Sensei Keith is an Area Coach and National Refferee for both Judo and Kendo, and isBushido Zazen International Society’s Development officer for Kendo. Sensei Keith is proud to be the longest serving student of Sensei Charles Fletcher (Hachidan) 8th Degree black belt. Since moving to Somerset he opened Shidokai Judo Dojo in 2004.

Sensei Gary Heaton

Sensei Gary 3rd Dan Black Belt started his Judo in Shirebrook in Nottinghamshire in 1984 and though he has stayed with Sensei Gary Heaton
one Instructor for most of the time since he has trained under many teachers the most influential being Sensei Charles Fletcher, 8th Dan Black Belt. Sensei Gary’s Favorite techniques are any shoulder throw or Hani Goshi (maybe due to his very low centre of gravity). His first Instructors appointment was at The Dukeries Recreation Centre in Nottinghamshire. He enjoys the coaching aspect of Judo as well as still enjoying being dragged around the mat.

Sensei Matthew Kellaway

Following a very impressive grading in Essex Sensei Matt was promoted to Black belt 1st Dan and now joins the team of Sensei Matt Kellaway excellent coaches at our dojo. Sensei Matt brings with him his effort and determination to succeed. Over the first year of Sensei Matt holding his 1st Dan he has increased his knowledge of competing by adding MMA to his skills and his groundwork has improved because of this.

Sensei Mark Thompson

On Friday 21 of December 2012 Marks gold medal perfomance in our contest impressed Sensei Jim Lawson Sensei Mark Thompson (7th Dan) enough to ask the question ” Just how much longer is this guy going to be a brown belt?”
It was decided by the senior Dan grades that he should be a brown belt no longer and was duly presented with his First dan Black belt. Sensei Mark has helped out with the coaching for many years now both as a general helper and of late as an assistant instructor. He will fit in nicely with our dedicated coaching team and with his strength and dedication will be yet another asset to the team.