Justin Taplin, 2nd Dan

Justin Taplin started karate in early 1997 after being mugged on a train. After looking around at a few different clubs, one lesson got him hooked. Since joining the club he has tried various different styles whilst studying abroad (Shito Ryu, Muai Thai, Zen Do Kai, Jiu-Jitsu).

"I wanted to train within martial arts for the specific goal of learning to fight and defend myself on the street. I think Goju Ryu, under Sensei Mulholland, realistically aims at achieving this objective. Over the years I have found that learning a martial art has also provided very much more then simple combat training. Incorporating a martial art into my life has been an incredibly positive thing. It has taught me a lot about myself. I would recommend anyone to challenge themselves with a martial art."

Justin achieved the rank of full Shodan in the rain and mud of Daigaku Karate Kai's annual 'Summer' Training Camp in June 2002.  Now resident in California, Justin returned to the UK in June 2007 to face his 30 Man test successfully and was awarded the rank of Nidan with DKK.

Yondan 4th Dan

Sandan 3rd Dan

Nidan 2nd Dan

Shodan 1st Dan