Ian first started his karate journey 18 years ago but had an enforced break due to a road traffic accident. Ian was able to take up Wado Ryu karate once again and has now been back since 2016. Previous to taking up karate Ian practiced Judo for over 28 years.
Ian is a health and safety professional trained to post graduate degree level with over 20 years’ experience in health and safety management. Ian also has experience in working in mental health and has attained NVQ’s in health and social care as well as being a mental health first aider (MHFA). Ian is passionate about safeguarding and mental health; he had attended relevant courses in those areas.
Ian was instrumental at gaining the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts multi club award for the BWKU that he is a member of; he also helped a club outside of the association to gain the award. He is the deputy DSL for the BWKU and the lead DSL for his club in Burnley.
Outside of karate Ian is a keen photographer and BTEC qualified; he likes all areas of photography and also graphic design. Ian designs all graphic posters and advertisements for the BWKU and other clubs that require his help. His photography experience has taken him from weddings to safari photography in Kenya.
Ian put himself forward for the safeguarding team as it is an area that he is extremely passionate about and helping others is part of who he is and believes that his qualifications and experience can be of benefit to the EKF.