Karen was drawn into Karate at the age of 6 years when her brother and father Sensei Tom Peebles were training. Karen started her training under Sensei Scott Saunders at North Hertfordshire Shotokan Karate Club.
After a few years training under Sensei Scott the club declined due to lack of students and Karen and her family found Stevenage Karate Club, the local KUGB club run by an outstanding instructor Sensei Derek Oakley. Karen reached her 1st Kyu (Brown Belt) at the age of 11 years but at the time she also had a huge background in Dance and this overtook her karate for some time.
After a very long break and having her two children, Karen rejoined Stevenage Karate club, now run by her father Sensei Tom Peebles in 2010 and trained exceedingly hard to gain her 1st Dan in 2011. Since then Karen has had a lot more involvement in the club including entering the National Competition, and gaining 1st place gold medals in both Kata and Kumite in our club competition. Karen often helps teaching within the club, which not only improved her technical ability it also helped her gain the experience she needed to progress further.
Karen passed her level 3 Instructors and level 3 referee exams in February 2012 and has continued to train hard at Stevenage Karate Club, gaining 2nd Dan in February 2014, then in February 2016 passed her level 2 Instructors and level 2 referee exams.
Assistant Instructor, SKC
All instructors and coaches teaching at the Stevenage clubs have to obtain an Enhanced Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), are fully Insured & Qualified to teach