What the club has done over the years

A scrap book

Early History by Nick Pamment

Bury Kyokushinkai was started in 1973 by Sensei Nouali. Mustapha Nouali, who fought in the 1st Kyokushinkai World Open Tournament in November 1975, opened Clubs in Mildenhall, Saffron Walden, Bishops Stortford and Bury St. Edmunds in the early 1970s. The first class in Bury was held at the Guildhall, during which damage to the door frame is rumoured to have occurred. The Club went on to use a number of venues in Bury, we went from the Guildhall to Horringer Court School, the Original Sports Centre, and West Suffolk College. Sensei Nouali had to return to his home Country of Algeria because of some family issues. This left the club in the hands of two of his highest grades (2nd Kyu Brown Belts) Katie Wolstencroft and Lesley Pleas also assisted by Peter Greenslade and Club Chairman Mr Manchip. They ran the Bury Club and also continued to train at the nearest Kyokushinkai Dojo which was Leicester under Sensei Peter Kisby. We all used to travel up to Leicester every other week, to train and continue our progress, so that we could help the remaining students. By this time we had moved to a rented Dojo in the old Maltings Building on Fornham Road (which is now a Tyre and Vehicle Repair Centre). Eventually we had to move from the Maltings and into the Bury Sports Centre. The Sports Centre burned down ( in 1980), so we relocated to St Georges Hall in Bury and then secured a lease on a permanent base and Dojo above The Steering Wheel Garage on Eastgate Street. It was on one of our regular training trips to the Leicester Dojo that we met and bonded with Sempai Mac Robertson. Mac very kindly offered to run the Bury Club as our resident Black Belt and amazingly, and to our joy in 1978, made the decision to move to Bury to build the Club and the rest, as they say is History! Osu!

Nick Pamment