Horbury karate club to fight for its future

Chief instructor Glen Williams gives a demonstration to children
Chief instructor Glen Williams gives a demonstration to children

A martial arts club that has been at the heart of Horbury’s community for more than 25 years could be forced to close.

GKC Martial Arts based at Horbury Methodist Church Hall runs classes twice a week.

But dwindling numbers means the group is at risk of closing.

Chief instructor Glynn Williams, of Ossett, said: “Last year has been really terrible but other sports clubs are struggling at the same time.

“People’s kids are just playing on the computer. Our club is not just about martial arts but it gets people together.”

The club teaches various styles of martial arts to participants, aged between four and 60.

Mr Williams, a sixth dan, said he has always tried to steer away from turning the club into a money-making exercise as it is the children, not the money, he cares about.

He said: “It could close if it carried on like this or we could go down to one night a week.

“We usually get between 10 and 20 people each night but we need 20 two nights a week for it to continue.”

Jenny Crisell’s five-year-old son Charlie Clegg visits the club every week.

She said: “There are quite a few from Horbury Primary School who go and they absolutely love it. It is a highlight of their week.

“The club is 100 per cent funded by Glynn who personally pays for the hall and other costs to encourage children and older people to join.”

Classes run on Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm to 8.30pm. Sessions cost £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for under 16s. Call 07513863484.