Club Course and Kyu Grading Success
With Sensei Roy Tomlin at the Stanway School -
Congratulations to the 32 students that passed!!!
Sensei Roy Tomlin was born in London in 1955. He is Chief Instructor of the Lewisham Shotokan Karate Centre (LSKC). Sensei Tomlin was one of the late Sensei Enoeda's senior students and served as a committee member of Sensei Enoeda's dojo. He began his karate career in 1972 when he trained in the Kyokushinkai style. In 1977 he went on to train in the Shotokan system with the Thames group, and in 1982 he joined the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB). In 2003 he joined JKA England, where he is currently a member of the Technical Committee and grading examiner. Sensei Tomlin has achieved many honours. Formerly assistant coach to the JKA England Squad 2009 to 2012, he currently holds the rank of 6th Dan with the Japan Karate Association (JKA). From 1983 to 1985 he was a member of the KUGB national squad. Between 1983 and 1993 he achieved 1st place in 8 out of 10 kumite (fighting) competitions at Sensei Enoeda's own club championships (coming 2nd & 3rd in the other two competitions). These took place at the famous Marshall Street dojo, headquaters of the JKA in the UK until it closed in 2000. Sensei Tomlin was Thailand's heavyweight champion and runner-up in the open weight in 1989, and winning both events in 1991. In the same year he became the KUGB Southern Region champion and was placed in the final 16 of the National championships. He was also a member of Sensei Enoeda’s winning teams between 1989 and 1995. Sensei Tomlin began teaching in 1983 at the Shotokan Karate Centre based in the borough of Lewisham, South-East London, where he still teaches today. The club has a membership of approximately 200 students. Sensei Tomlin also teaches in local schools in the area.