Ady Gray is a familiar face around Ripon, having taught here for over 23 years, but did you realise how well known and respected our Chief Karate Instructor is in the UK?
Ady Gray started training in karate in 1978 when he was just 7 years old. He was graded to black belt, 1st Dan in 1985, by Sensei Asano, 9th Dan. He has trained in Europe and Japan and on 20th May 2017, Ady was awarded his 6th Dan (Rokudan), from his Mentor and our very own BSKA Technical Adviser, Sensei Dave Hazard, 7th Dan.
In 2004 Ady was awarded Sports Coach of the Year for North Yorkshire. In 2010 he was invited to be the Assistant National Kata Coach by Sensei Wayne Otto, and in 2014 Ady went to the World Championships as the England National Kata Coach. In June 2016, Ady was named as the National Coach for WUKO-GB. In December 2017, Ady has been named as the President of the WSF (World Shotokan Federation) - England.
In recognition of the high standards of Shotokan Karate taught throughout his Byakko Shotokan Karate Association clubs, Ady writes a monthly column , ‘Back to Basics’ for Ippon Karate Magazine. He has also been interviewed by prestigious international karate magazine, 'Traditional Karate'. An in depth insight into his life and achievements was then published, a true honour for Ady.
In November 2017, Ady was selected as a Children’s Coach of the Year Finalist @ The #UKCoachingAwards. A prestigious coaching award that acknowledges the achievements of the very finest coaches in the UK.