Instructors & Black Belts

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Club Instructors

Any club instructor supervising a class holds valid coaching qualifications approved by the English Karate Federation, the UK national governing body for karate; are fully insured, DBS checked and hold up-to-date first aid and child protection certification.

Principal club instructor and administrator: 

Sensei Matt Graves, 2nd Dan JKA

Assisting junior instructors:

Helena Chan, 2nd Dan JKA

Sophie Bickmore, 1st Dan JKA

Visiting Instructors to Colchester

We host classes and gradings with visiting instructors which have in the past included the following:

  • Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta – 7th Dan JKA – JKA England's Chief Instructor

  • Sensei Adel Ismail – 6th Dan JKA - Head of JKA England

  • Sensei Roy Tomlin – 6th Dan JKA

  • Sensei Gary Stewart – 6th Dan JKA

  • Sensei Giuseppe D’Onofrio - 5th Dan JKA

  • Sensei Dave Paulus – 5th Dan JKA

  • Sensei Lester Wellington - 4th Dan JKA