Profile: Glenn Riley 6th Dan
Glenn Riley is a full time Instructor who runs three dojos in Leeds. He started training in the art of Shotokan Karate in 1985 aged 15. Glenn now has 33 Years experience and has trained and graded under some of the most senior and successful karate instructors in the world.
In his quest for more knowledge, Glenn has trained with:
Andy Sherry 9th Dan KUGB, Norman Robinson 8th Dan JKS, Antonio Seba 8th Dan, Keith Gullen 7th Dan JKS, Bob Rhodes 8th Dan KUGB, Dave Hazard 7th Dan ASK, Frank Brennan 7th Dan KUGB, Gary Harford 7th Dan KUGB, Aiden Trimble 7th Dan FSK, Jeff Westgarth 7th Dan ASK, Richard Amos 7th Dan WTKO, Randy Williams 6th Dan KUGB, Alan Campbell 6th Dan JKS, Paul Giannandrea 6th Dan JKS, Scott Langley 6th Dan WTKO, and Matt Price 6th Dan JKS.
Japanese Instructors trained with: Enoeda 9th Dan JKA, Kato 9th Dan IJKA, Kagawa 8th Dan JKS, Yamaguchi 7th Dan JKS, Kanayama 7th Dan JKS, Kitagawa 6th Dan JKS, and Nagaki Sensei 5th Dan JKS.
Glenn is a former Student of Bob Rhodes 7th Dan and the late Randy Williams 6th Dan. He has competed in both Kata and Kumite and is a former British Champion, winning the Karate England National Championships in 2009.
In August 2011, he took the big step to open his own dojo, starting with just 5 students. Akashi Shotokan Karate Club has become one of the largest clubs in West Yorkshire, with over 200 members. He continues to work hard on a daily basis to ensure the highest standard of karate is maintained for both his students and himself.
Most memorable achievements: Graded to Sandan under Enoeda Sensei, graded to Godan under Kagawa Sensei.
Most Inspiring Instructors: Senseis Kato, Kagawa, Yamaguchi, Langley, and Nagaki.
SENSEI GLENN RILEY 6TH DAN
1985 Started karate
1990 Bury Open Senior Kumite 3rd
1991 Bury Open Senior Kumite 2nd
1991 AKA North Open Men’s Team Kumite 1st
1993 Graded to Shodan under Jeff Westgarth
1995 Graded to Nidan under Jeff Westgarth
1995 Sheffield Open Senior Male Kata 1st
1997 KUGB Nationals Men’s Team Kumite 3rd
1998 KUGB Northern Regions Men’s Team Kumite 2nd
1999 Graded to Sandan under Enoeda Sensei
1999 Competed for Leeds in Hamburg
2005 Istructor Qualification (KUGB)
2006 Graded to Yondan under Frank Brennan an Andy Sherry
2008 Yorkshire Open Senior Male Kata 1st
2008 Yorkshire Open Men’s Team Kata 1st
2008 KUGB Northern Regional Championships Team Kata 1st
2009 Yorkshire Open Senior Male Kata 1st
2009 Yorkshire Open Senior Male 35+ Kata 1st
2009 KUGB Northern Regions Men’s Team Kumite 3rd
2009 Karate England National Chamionships: Senior Male All Styles Kata 1st
2011 WKC British Open Senior Male Kata 1st
2011 WKC British Open Senior Male 35+ Kata 1st
2011 WKC National Chamionships Senior Male Kata 1st
2011 Founded Akashi Shotokan Karate Club
2011 MAI Open Chamionships, All Styles Kata 1st
2012 Became a full time karate instructor
2012 Joined the JKS
2012 Appointed KYU Grade Examiner by the JKS
2013 Graded to Godan under Kagawa Sensei
2015 Joined the WTKO
2015 Appointed WTKO GB Kata Coach
2016 Graduated from WTKO Kenshusei Course:
under Richard Amos Sensei (26/03/16):
(awarded C Class Examiner (Dan Examiner),
C Class Instructor, C Class Judge)
2017 Appointed FEKO National Coach (29/01/17)
2019 NEIO Championships Individual Veterans Kata: Bronze, Individual Veterans Kumite: Silver, Team Kumite: Silver
2019 Awarded 6th Dan by KKO Kenshin Karate Organisation
2019 STO Championship: Kata Gold (02/06/19).