Sensei Mandie Read first started karate in 1986. The local dojo was teaching Shukokai karate and up to the present time that has always been her main style. Sensei Mandie very quickly became interested in the competition side of karate and as a junior grade was very successful before taking some time off to have her son. However it was not long before she was back training and competing. She opened her own dojo in 1992 in Dudley West Midlands and ' Dudley Shukokai ' was created. As well as herself becoming successful on the competition scene the club was also having great success. They became one of the clubs in the country everyone wanted to beat but Dudley Shukokai always seemed to take home the 'club of the day' trophy. Around the same time as Dudley Shukokai was formed sensei Mandie was also training with the Shukokai Karate Federation under chief instructor Sensei Eddie Daniel's. She was selected to compete in various competitions around the world. In 1995 she won the ladies world kumite title in the U.S.A. 1997 saw her take the European title and the National title in the same year.
Her last year of competing for the SKF in 2004 saw her lift the ladies world kumite title again. Dudley Shukokai then joined FEKO INTERNATIONAL and once again the club continued to dominate the competition circuit. There was great success in many European and World events for herself and her students competing in the WUKF (world union of karate federation)competitions for FEKO. Sensei Mandie was successful in both kumite and kata as were many of her students. She accepted the kata coach role in 2013 where she taught a range of students from all styles of karate. Her knowledge of shito ryu Shotokan Wado ryu and gojo ryu kata was greatly improved as the squad was made up of all these different styles which she now had to teach. She was appointed National coach for FEKO in 2014 and the students continued to have great success. She resigned from the role in June 2015.
The All Styles Karate Alliance was formed. Herself , long time friend of 30 years and fellow competitor Jason Smith and her son Daniel decided to form the federation as they felt there were things they wanted to do differently to other organisations. The motto of the AKA is 'created by karate for karate people' .
Sensei Mandie still competes but her focus now is to develop competitors within the AKA so they may have the success she has been privileged to achieve.
Sensei Mandie Read
Sensei Mandie Read