The Scorpion Karate Academy was formed in 1992 by Chief Instructor, Winston Williams. His best friend Dean Simms, who started Karate at the same time as Winston under the instruction of Rana Singh, also helped set-up the club and taught in the early classes.The original name chosen, was Easton Karate Club which gave reference to the club situation in the Bristol area.
Winston was still competing internationally and was a member of the Higashi Karate Association, under the instruction of Peter Spanton. Winston started training at the age of 12 years, at the St. Werburghs Community Centre under the instruction of Rana Singh. The centre is where he developed his love for Karate and passion for teaching.
The desire to teach at his own club, was always an intention for Winston from the start and it was to be a joint venture with his training partner Dean Simms. Unfortunately Dean Simms moved to London soon after the club was launched and Winston taught alone.
The Easton Karate Club started with no members but Winston produced flyers & posters advising, a new martial arts club and handed them out in local shops and put flyers through letter boxes. As a result students turned up for the opening night and the club grew in members.
He believes Martial Arts offers the same opportunity, as main stream schools, in that it teaches life skills and if fully embraced could assist in developing good citizens, as well as accomplished athletes.
The vision would involve owning a dojo and expanding the work of the instructors to include personal development sessions, for its students. This is how the Scorpion Centre was established, Winston was fortunate to be in the position to be able to purchase the Scorpion Centre, which is located in Felix Road, Easton, Bristol and used it as a dojo and the head quarters to expand and promote and development of Karate Academy.
Winston and the Scorpion Karate Academy, where members of the Higashi Karate Kai and remained members until, November 1999. Higashi Karate is based on Wado Ryu Karate and there is a marked similarity in the two styles, in essence Higashi Karate is an off-shoot of Higashi. After November 1999, Winston and the now named Scorpion Karate Academy returned to its foundations, practing Wado Ryu Karate.
He is not only a 5th Dan but has gone on to achieve national and international recognition in the competitions, additionally he is a former England International and English and British Karate Champion. The Scorpion Karate Academy has a rich history of wining and is respected within the martial arts world, beyond Karate. This is something they are proud of and will continue to build upon.