Alan Williams Karate Centre/nothing – Penshurst, NSW

More like PensHURTS

Right now you’re feeling as excited as I was to stumble upon this sign. B-B-B-B-BAM! Damn! It’s like a FIVE HIT COMBO to your GROIN!

WHACK – Alan Williams!

SOCK – Alan Williams’ name in its original katakana!

BIFF – He has a KARATE centre!

THWACK – Tae Kwon Do too!

OOF – the official Alan Williams dojo logo featuring the official fist of ALAN WILLIAMS.

Now you’re stumbling around, numb from the waist down, and all you can think about is HOW DO I GET DOWN THOSE STAIRS AND SIGN UP?

Well sadly, there are no stairs. At all. There is no dojo, nor is there an Alan Williams. Maybe there never was. The only people who would ever see this sign are those heading to the TAB at the end of this bizarre corridor, so maybe downstairs is some kind of veiled reference to hell.

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5 responses

  1. Not sure where your facts come from but the stairs to the club are on your right just before the TAB. Alan Williams did exist I knew him well but weather he still owns the club I don’t know. Yes the dojo is there, I trained in it for many years.

  2. He certainly did exist. He must have been in his late 30s when I started training there as a kid in 1985. We only used the stairs when you first signed up and didn’t know better. Everyone used to enter via the back door downstairs near the car park. Alan Williams would be pushing 70 now so doubt he’s still on the scene.

  3. I used to train here in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    Alan Williams did indeed exist, and was my instructor.

    The centre was never accessed via the top stairs; rather, there was an entry from within the carpark.

    The last I knew, Anthony Sobb was running boxing and martial arts classes there; but I haven’t visited in quite a few years now.

  4. I did talk to Master William on the phone in 1993, before I officially studied ITF Taekwondo. I did ask him about the difference between Taekwondo and Tangsoodo. I now meet a student of Master William at work in hospital.

  5. I trained here for many, many years, so i can state it did exist in all its glory.
    Alan was and not only is a legend, he methods of teaching students was excellent, with an end result in Alan himself creating a number of legendary trainers and students too.
    Many, many, many years have past since the days I trained here and now at 50 years old myself, I reflect upon this sign with the very fondest of memories to all of those that I trained with and taught.
    Just to confirm, the main entry for Allan’s Dojo was out the back from the car park.

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