Tony Spinks (3rdDan)
following interview was conducted
during July 2009...
How did you first get into Karate? At What
age did you start training?
When I was 10
years old my Mum and Dad bought a sweet shop in Rushgreen and the local
Karate Instructor (John Walton) was a customer. He and my Dad
did a deal - Karate lessons for me in exchange for
newspapers. I passed my first (red belt) grading when I was
10 years old.
Who do you look up to in Karate today? Who do
you think sets a good
example of what a true
Karateka should be?
Everybody who trains hard in karate gets my respect. However my utmost
respect goes to my club Sensei Lee Smith and to Sensei Ticky Donovan
and to Sensei Dave Hazard.
What do you consider your main achievements in
your Karate career so
My main achievement is that I am still training
What about the future? What karate
ambitions do you have moving forward?
The future is
bright at the moment - I am training hard as well as teaching
loads. Working my way to becoming a senior Ishinryu
What is your
attitude to teaching? What teaching techniques do you think work best?
How do you aim to get the best out of your students?
Make the students feel good about themselves - keep up good spirit and
what works for them.
You have done a
lot of security work. Do you find your karate has helped you
Well - I am still alive aren't I? (only joking).
I found that
working security, whether it be personal security or club security, is
all about massive awareness - this is what keeps you (and your client)
healthy. This awareness combined with good karate skills
provides an excellent recipe for security work.
Who is the most
famous person you have looked after?
This would have to be Usher - that was a pretty hectic
What made you stop working security?
I started a company and was lucky in that this business took off. I had
to make a choice, and like you know, you go where the money is.
Would you ever go back to security work?
Only for the right money and for the right opportunity - it would have
to be very
good to bring me back.
What has been your best time in Karate?
using Jodan Mawashi geri to knock opponents down and score Ippon -
these were the good old days. The Old School will
know exactly what I'm talking about.