Sensei Myles Ponsonby 5th Dan
Myles started Karate in October 1982, wanting to learn self-defence having been attacked by a group of older children whilst walking home from school alone. He started to train at the closest club and immediately embraced all aspects of karate and was training whenever possible. He passed his Shodan (Black Belt) in December 1985 at the age of 13.
In 1986 he co-founded Emsworth Karate club which fed into the parent club in Portsmouth where he was responsible for running the Junior training sessions and assisting with the Adult sessions.
In August 1988 he attended the Train with the Champions at Lancaster (organised by the KUGB) and was inspired by the level of instruction by 6 of the best UK karateka (all of which were multiple World and European Champions). Unfortunately his training had to be paused due to an operation to one knee and an accident damaging his other leg.
Having moved to the Vale of Belvoir, in 2001 Myles resumed training and sought out the closest KUGB club in Keyworth, under Sensei Rob Manning (5th Dan) and in 2003 he passed his Nidan under Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) and Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan).
Myles has continued to train regularly at Keyworth and has been a member of the KUGB Central Region Kata Squad, run by Sensei Frank Brennan since 2002. In 2011 Myles passed his Sandan (3rd Dan) as well as gaining his Instructor Qualification. In 2015 he passed Yondan (4th Dan) and passed Godan (5th Dan) in May 2021 in the first grading since the Covid outbreak.
Myles has had a successful competition career winning a number of local competitions for Kata and Kumite between July 1985 and 1989. Since joining the KUGB he has won 1 Gold medal for Team Kata, 1 Silver Medal for Team Kumite and a number of Bronze medals for Team Kata, Kumite and individual Kumite and the Central Regional Championships. Myles also won a Bronze medal for Team Kata in the KUGB National Championships.
Myles retired from competition in 2017 when he qualified as a Judge and then in 2018 as a Referee and has been officiating in National and Regional competitions since then.