Sensei Bob Poynton, 8th Dan 1949-2020

Bob Poynton

Bath Shotokan Karate Club is devastated to hear that Sensei Bob Poynton passed away on 10th March 2020. This is such sad news, our loss is almost impossible to put into words.

Sensei Bob Poynton was a great supporter of the Bath club, during a relationship that lasted over 50 years. As the National Administrator he frequently pointed old and new karateka in the region towards the Bath club to continue their training. Bob Poynton was our club’s examiner from the moment he became a KUGB instructor: Bath was the first club at which he held a grading. Most of us in the club took our Kyu, and Dan, gradings with him, and his support and encouragement have helped us all to progress. Sometimes Bob’s words of wisdom were literally in your face, whispered into our ears whilst we were trying to balance on one leg and concentrate on Sensei Sherry during a Special Dan Course!

Outside of the dojo Bob was a friendly and sociable instructor and would readily spend time with us, whether a 10th Kyu, a 5th Dan or a member of the wider Bath family. He had an incredible ability to lift peoples’ mood and spirits and his dry sense of humour will remain with us. We all have our own memories of Bob’s support and kindness, but one that stands out to me is as follows. I had the honour to train with Bob at his home club, the Red Triangle in Liverpool. Bob knew I was visiting and after training suggested that a few of us went out for a meal. When the bill came and I went to pay my share, Bob stopped me and said firmly, “you are my guest, you are not paying!”

Bob was very proud of his relationship with the Bath club and below are two photos that illustrate this: Bob attending our club Christmas meal  in 2012 and awarding Mark his Student of the Year award, and more recently, his delight at awarding Ron his 6th Dan.

Bob’s passing is a great loss to our club and the wider KUGB family – karate has lost one of its strongest ambassadors. Our condolences go out to Bob’s family and the KUGB.

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