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KEVIN STARK BEM
Many congratulation to Kevin STARK BEM – for services to Young People, to Martial Arts and to the community in Bedfordshire
Having started karate in 1982, Kevin Stark who is the Chief Instructor of the Association of Traditional Shotokan Karate (ATSK), opened his first karate club in Shefford in 1988.
Following a shift in career from engineering to education, Kevin has devoted himself to helping others reach their full potential for over twenty years. He has broken down barriers across ages and for people with disabilities. He has made a significant impact to increase the life chances and opportunities for disengaged young people. He has used his significant skills and background in Karate to set-up clubs for all levels and has taken this into many schools encouraging young people to become involved in the running of the clubs to help develop their leadership skills. In many cases he has offered taster sessions with any income being given to charity.
Kevin has directly helped hundreds of children to increase self-confidence, self-esteem understand respect, and develop discipline around British values plus embedded literacy and numeracy. Kevin also had the vision to set up ladies’ self-defence classes for ethnic minority groups and trained and mentored a female karate instructor to deliver the sessions. He ensured that the needs of the participants were met within their cultural requirements. Local Imams were involved to help bring the women of Muslim faith into mainstream activity.
More recently, Kevin has extended his innovative teaching skills to deliver establish a none fighting art, in order to inspire children of all ages to gain and enhance new and existing skills over a range of fun engaging activities, in a safe environment. This has brought confidence and opened up potential for the youngest members of the community.
Kevin has been an inspiring role model and has undoubtedly improved the lives of hundreds of people in the communities in which he has been involved.
FEKO was very sad to hear of the passing of George Norvil in June 2023. George was a FEKO National Coach in the 1990’s and maintained a very high standard.
He encouraged everyone on the squad who changed the way many thought and fought. He will be a sad loss to the karate community.
Many congratulations indeed to our Referee, Farouk Younes, who was recently promoted to the rank of Chief Referee by the WUKF.
This well deserved promotion clearly recognises the skills that Farouk has demonstrated in refereeing through his countless experiences of supporting competitions on behalf of FEKO over the many years.