Assistant Instructor Profile
1st Dan Seitou Ryu
1st Dan Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai
1st Dan JKF Goju Kai
Junior Shodan/1st Dan – Seitou Ryu (2013)
Shodan/1st Dan – Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai (2015)
Shodan/1st Dan – Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF) Goju Kai (2015)
Tatum began training in September 2004 at the Kenshukai Karate dojo in Tilbury when she was just 5 years old. Her mum (Sensei Kim Mandy) was already training and wanted her to try it out to see if she liked it, and like it she did. In her own words “Once I started karate I enjoyed it so much I never stopped!”
When the club moved to Seitou Ryu, Tatum didn’t stop. She trained in the junior classes regularly as well as alongside her mum in the weekend sessions for several years. Even when her mum stopped on two occasions to bring her younger siblings into the world, Tatum continued training diligently with her instructors and also had a number of successes as a part of the Seitou Ryu National Squad.
A few years on, Tatum encouraged her younger sister Kylie (and later her younger brother Cameron) to start training and would often be seen helping them with their techniques before class. This proved to be helpful as once Tatum reached 1st kyu, she began to assist the beginners of the junior classes at the South Ockendon dojo as part of her black belt training, where many students have time and time again thanked their instructors for the help she has given them.
In the last couple of years Tatum has also developed a second passion, majorettes, and has had a number of notable achievements and successes in competition already, putting the discipline and dedication that she has gained from karate as a contributing factor to her and her sister’s successes.
Since grading to Shodan (1st Dan) in December 2013, she continues to successfully balance her many activities in and out of school with her karate training and assisting role at both the South Ockendon and Grays dojos.
2014 – First Aid (Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme)
2015 – Dedication to Karate (10 Years training) – SRK 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
2013 – Sempai Of The Year – SRK Annual Awards
2012 – Award for High Level of Attainment in PE (Grays Convent High School)
2009 – Junior Student Of The Year – SRK Annual Awards
Tatum has been a successful competitor both locally and at national level as a part of the Seitou Ryu National Squad. Below are just a few highlights of her competition achievements.
2013 – 1st Place Kumite – SRK Winter Open Championships
2013 – 3rd Place Kata – SRK Winter Open Championships
2013 – 3rd Place – SRK Mini League Tournament
2012 – 3rd Place Kata – TKF National Championships
2012 – 1st Place Kumite, 1st Place Team Kata, 2nd Kata – Hayashi-Ha UK Invitational Championships
2012 – 4th Place – SRK Mini League Tournament
2011 – 1st Place Kumite, 2nd Place Kata – SRK Spring Open Championships
2011 – 1st Place – SRK Mini League Tournament
2011 – 1st Place Kumite, 2nd Place Kata, 3rd Place Team Kata – Kaizen Cup Spring Tournament
2011 – 3rd Place Kata – TKF National Championships
2010 – 2nd Place Kata, 2nd Place Kumite – Kaizen Cup Spring Tournament
2010 – 3rd Place – SRK Mini League Tournament
2009 – 2nd Place Team Kata – SRK Invitational Tournament
2009 – 2nd Place – SRK Mini League Tournament
2008 – 3rd Place Team Kumite – SRK Invitational Tournament