Sensei devotes 30 years to local karate clubs

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Sudbury’s Trevor White has enjoyed a stellar martial arts career, teaching concepts to the Sudbury area over a 30-year period.

White, who is a 7th Dan in karate and has obtained a 1st Degree in Kung Fu, embarked on his martial arts journey back in 1975.

At the time, karate was still in its infancy and he began his training with the style of Wado Ryu Karate.

White soon started to learn Korean karate, placing himself under the tutelage of Sensei Billy Brennan, training for a total of seven years.

During his 30-year career, White has also obtained a black belt in Ming Chuan Kung Fu.

He is also a student of laido — the art of sword drawing and cutting — and was awarded his 7th Dan black belt by the Federation of English Karate Organisations (FEKO) in 2009.

White has also spent his time into establishing the South East Freestyle Karate Association (SEFKA).

It was first opened for training at Sudbury Sports Centre and, 30 years on, it has expanded into 14 clubs across the region.

Developing students and producing an English karate champion are among his career highlights.