Sensei Gemma Gibson,
Sensei Gemma Gibson has been training in Shotokan Karate since 2008 and has been a KUGB Qualified Instructor since 2017.
She has been teaching at Blyth South Beach Karate Club since 2019 and Cramlington Shotokan Karate Club since 2021.
Sensei Gemma Gibson began training in 2008 at the age of eight, finally sticking to it after attempting three times! She passed her 1st Dan black belt grading in October 2012, 2nd Dan in November 2014 and 3rd Dan in May 2021. She began to help assist with the juniors at the age of 14, achieved her KUGB Assistant Instructor qualification in 2015 and became a fully qualified Instructor in 2017 at the age of 18.
She has been competing since 2009 and has a range of bronze, silver and gold medals at local, regional and national level. She has been a member of the KUGB England Squad since 2014, regularly travelling to train alongside the top competitors in the country to develop her skills. Despite Sensei Gemma being a little frightened of kumite at a young age, she later became passionate about this competitively, and represented England in kumite at the ESKA European Shotokan Karate Championships in Zurich, Switzerland in 2014.
Sensei Gemma attends many KUGB Courses throughout the year with senior instructors to help develop her skills and knowledge to pass onto the next generation of karateka. This includes the KUGB Summer/Spring School that she has attended consistently since she was a red belt.
She believes that karate is a martial art which provides many opportunities for skills and development and enjoys passing her knowledge on to her students and seeing them progress. She is proud to teach at South Beach Karate Club and Cramlington Shotokan Karate Club and enjoyed watching the positive impact that the training and social interaction has had on the children during her time at the clubs and looks forward to the future of the clubs.