Born in Gloucester on the 13th January 1959 Chris Rudge discovered karate aged 14 in 1973 under Mike Hopkins at Tuffley Community Centre & Beaufort School. He also trained under Bob Greenslade 2nd Dan at Whaddon Boys Club Cheltenham known as S.S.K.K. Sannin Samurai Karate Kaiken & later known as Cheltenham Higashi. Representing Cheltenham in 1974 at the BKA Championships at Wembley in the mens open section aged 15. By the age of 19 Chris Rudge (1st Kyu) had started his first karate club at Longlevens.
After 5 years of hard training he graded in London aged 20 to 1st Dan (Shodan) by a strict B.K.A. grading panel of Clayton Murrain, Dickie Wu, Mick Dinsdale & Greg Wallace. Later that year representing Tera Karate – Kai at U21 team event BKA vs Welsh Karate Federation & then training under Sensei Clayton Murrain 4th Dan at Evesham Karate Club & also Sensei Tekamizawa 6th Dan.
After only 18 months he graded to 2nd Dan (Nidan) in 1980 by Clayton Murrain & Josh Johnson under the newly formed A.M.A.A. Karate Association. Representing the A.M.A.A.England team in Hamburg Germany for the European WAKO event 1981 & becoming the A.M.A.A. All England Senior Kata Champion in 1982.