Sensei Megan Williams
Assistant Club Coach
Megan Williams has been training in Wado Karate for 9 years and holds the grade of 1st Dan.
Megan has trained and competed all over Europe.
Megan began Karate aged 9 years old training at one of Sakura Karate Academy's early locations - Springvale Sports & Social Club with her 2 sisters Georgina and Chelsea. Less than 12 months later she entered her first competition, the Aiwakai Nationals, where she competed in Kumite and won a bronze medal.
Megan continued her training at Sakura and her competition success at local and National competitions. She began training at Way to Excellence courses with Sakagami Sensei 8th Dan and Wadokai England Squad training sessions in 2014. Megan competed in her first Wadokai European Championships in Hungary and performed brilliant kata to win a Gold and Silver medal marking the beginning of her international career.
Megan was awarded her JKF (Japanese Karate Federation) 1st Dan in June 2017 after completing an amazing 25 Way to Excellence courses showing her commitment to Karate. During the past 9 years she has trained with many different instructors in many dojo around the world and gained a great knowledge of Wado karate which she now uses to coach students at Sakura.
Her competition success continued with numerous local and national wins and further European success at Belgium and Sardinia where she won another 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal at the Wadokai European championships.
Megan has won over 50 medals and trophies competing in Kata, kumite, pairs Kata and team kata/kumite disciplines showing her amazing versatility. She won a bronze medal at the British 4 Nations Championships in Team Kumite, a Silver and Bronze in the Sakagami cup in Dublin for Kata & Kumite, 5th place in Kata in the Gothenburg Open and finished the year winning Gold and Silver over the weekend in Sardinia.
Along with training towards her 2nd Dan, this year Megan has continued to compete in local and national competitions winning the UK Open in Kata and numerous other medals. She has volunteered in Primary schools to gain knowledge and experience of teaching children.
Megan has been an amazing ambassador for the Association since she began competing in 2011 and continues to be a hard working student and coach. Her respect and discipline in training is an inspiration to all Sakura students.
Education & Hobbies
Megan is currently studying level 3 Public Services course at Walsall college and her first choice career would be the Police or Fire service. She likes socialising with friends and her hobbies include Karate, Karate and Karate.
Charity and Challenges
Megan has taken part in many Charity events for Sakura including a half marathon and sponsored walk. She completed a 30 mile bike ride challenge for Cancer research UK in memory of Sensei Mark's mom. Together Sakura collected over £1200.
Away from Sakura Megan has also completed a memory walk to raise funds and awareness for Compton Hospice.