Canons Karate Club

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Instructor: Annette Turpin
Club: Canons Karate Club
Phone: 07772 387948
Address: Madeira Hall
Address 2: Canons Leisure Centre
Town: Mitcham
County: Surrey
Postcode: CR4 4HD
Training Days: Tuesday, Thursday
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Area: London & Surrey
Annette Turpin

I started training in 1986, joining the Washinkai Dojo based at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south west London.  I had recently moved to London to train as a Psychiatric Nurse at St George’s, some friends were going to a beginners class at the Dojo and I tagged along… from the first session I was ‘hooked’.

Shortly afterwards I began training with Shihan Thompson at the principal Washinkai Dojo, Canons in Mitcham, and later, also at the Judokan in Hammersmith.

When I joined the Canons Dojo there were 60 - 70 Karateka training in the adult sessions twice weekly, children trained separately an hour beforehand.  While I had always participated in sports this was my first encounter with Martial Arts and training alongside many senior Dan grades was daunting but inspiring.

I achieved Shodan in 1993.

I was a member of the Washinkai National squad for several years competing in individual and team events at Washinkai, EKGB, BKF, VSO and regional championships.

I have been fortunate to travel and train abroad with the Washinkai organisation to Japan, Okinawa, Hong Kong and Spain.

I am a member of the Washinkai team of Referees & Judges and officiate at Washinkai competitions and the Armed Services championships.

I currently teach at the Canons Dojo and at the Norwood Dojo.


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