Karate cop getting a kick out of sport

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CRIME-fighting cop Nev Hamilton is getting his kicks out of karate after setting up his own martial arts school.

Chief Inspector Nev, of South Yorkshire Police, is a member of Rotherham’s senior command team and helps oversee the way crime and disorder is tackled in the town.

But in his spare time he is a fully qualified karate instructor and has just set up his own school.

The 50-year-old, who started karate training 27 years ago, has set up South Yorkshire Shotokan Karate - and runs classes at the Niagara Sports and Social Club in Wadsley, Sheffield, as well as new lessons at the Revolution Gym on Bridgegate, Rotherham.

He trains students every Tuesday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm, and every Thursday from 6.15pm to 7.45pm.

Nev, who becomes a Sensei when he takes off his police uniform and dons his karate kit, said: “I’m really excited about this new venture.

“I have been practising Shotokan Karate for 27 years and I already have an established class in Sheffield. However, thanks to support from Revolution Gym, it has now become possible to provide lessons in my local community.

“Anyone can come along to a class and see if this is something for them.

“Karate is great for all ages and I tailor lessons to fit people’s abilities.

“There are tremendous health benefits to be gained from training in karate, and for children and young people the club provides a safe and supervised place for them to learn a disciplined sport.”

One of Nev’s pupils is nine-year-old Sam Collinson, from Walkley, Sheffield, who was beat off more than 20 other competitors to be crowned Amateur Martial Association National Kata Champion in his age group.

He is the North West Regional Kata Champion for his category.

“Sam trains really hard for his competitions and is definitely a name to look out for in the future.

“He trains regularly with me at South Yorkshire Shotokan Karate and also with Sensei Martin Wilson at Walkley Shotokan Karate club, where he started out,” said Nev.

“Sam hopes to compete for the England national squad in the future and I have no doubt he will achieve that ambition.

“He has already achieved so much at such a young age that it is difficult to envisage anything but a glittering career ahead for him.”