Mark Holding Mitsuru Karate
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About

The founder of the Club is Mark Holding 5th Dan a former British Champion and numerous national and International medallist.  
Mark is responsible for the day to day running of all the Clubs both in instruction an  administrative aspect.

His background in the martial arts started as a child with Judo and Tae Kwon Do however his true love Karate in the late eighties
training at the Chojinkai Karate Club at Penrith under Sensei Richard Bird and Chief Instructor Doug James who is currently
8th Dan.  In 1995 he took over the running of the club as the Head Instructor on the retirement of Richard Bird and has ran it since
then.

In late 2014 he made one of the hardest decisions he has had to make and he left his then association British Karate Chojinkai
to pursue and develop his students to his own ethics and beliefs.

Whilst the current clubs are new by name the structure behind them and the experience of the instructors goes back several
decades.  It is a modern progressive association training with traditional values.