It is 100 years since the Suffragette and their movement won women the right to vote. That's something that we take for granted nowadays.
In the 1960's Sensei Dot was one of the first women in the Country to do Karate and it wasn't easy at the start. At that time many people were against it and she talks about her early experiences when she was featured in the book 'You don't have to Dress to Kill'.
Not deterred, Dot became one of the first women in the UK to get her Black Belt, now three female generations of the family are all Black Belts with her daughter Sensei Jane being a 5th Dan and grand daughter Megan, a 2nd Dan. Both Jane and Megan have been on the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) England Squad.
As the Karate world became a place for females it also saw the introduction of children into classes. With both parents doing Karate Jane was one of the first children to begin training in the UK. Jane went onto represent the KUGB British Team and the England team at numerous international competitions. She campaigned to change the rule that only males could qualify as Referees and became one of the first females to qualify as a National Referee.
Sensei Dot and Sensei Jane are both very well known Karate women nationally and internationally and have helped to inspire numerous females of all ages to get involved and learn Karate.
Sensei Dot's achievement of 50 years with the KUGB was recognised when she received a 'Point of Light Award' from the Prime Minister in 1966.
2018 sees Sensei Jane also celebrating 50 years of Karate and following in her mothers footsteps. Together these two amazing women have a 100 years of Karate!