Our Chief Instructor is Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th Dan. Ohta Sensei is a graduate of Takushoku University and has also attended the famous Instructors Classes at JKA Headquarters in Japan. Takushoku University in Japan has a tremendous reputation as one of Japan’s strongest Karate clubs and the club coach Ishikawa Sensei encouraged Sensei Ohta to continue studying karate. Many of the JKA’s top sensei’s including Masters Nakayama and Enoeda had previously graduated from Takushoku.
After leaving university he decided to continue with Karate at the JKA. Sensei Tsuyama chief instructor of the Takushoku University Karate Club encouraged Sensei Ohta to train at the highly prestigious JKA instructors classes where Sensei Ohta soon found himself training alongside such respected names as Sensei’s Shoji, Asai, Abe, Tanaka, Osaka, Kagawa and Yahara. It was also common practice at this time for Sensei Nakayama to teach and assist during classes.
In 1982, Sensei Ohta was selected by Sensei Enoeda to come to England and become his assistant. From 1982-2003 Ohta Sensei was the assistant to Keinosuke Enoeda, 9th Dan. In the following twenty years Sensei Ohta had build up a reputation as a very popular and technically brilliant senior instructor in his own right. It was during this time he gained an international reputation for being one of the most technically skilled JKA instructors. In 2003, following the death of his mentor Sensei Enoeda, Sensei Ohta was appointed as the chief instructor of JKA England and has built up the association from strength to strength.
In April 2010 Sensei Ohta passed the examination for 7th Dan in front of the JKA’s most senior technical committee at the JKA HQ Honbu Dojo in Tokyo.
Sensei Ohta teaches at all national courses and teaches abroad, as well as at his own clubs in Covent Garden and Chelsea.
Was born in Kensington London in 1957. He started training at the age of twelve at the local boxing club in Pimlico. In 1973 Gary had his first karate lesson at a Dojo in Swiss Cottage. This came about after seeing a girl perform Kihon Kata at a youth club.
Swiss cottage was a little too far to travel so Gary went back to boxing and football.
In 1977 a Karate club opened up practically on his doorstep and so he joined. But it wasn’t that good. Finally 1n 1982 Gary found Marshall St SKC, quite by accident. He joined that day and remained until its closure over twenty years later. In that time, under the watchful eyes of Sensei Enoeda and Sensei Ohta, Gary went on to be an important part in the success of the famous Marshall St squad. He was captain of the Marshall St Kumite team on the first two occasions they won the Nationals, this whilst still with the KUGB. Gary also won, at the age of 40 the KUGB individual Southern Area Kumite title. Gary was the last person to win the Individual Kumite title at Sensei Enoeda’s Marshall Street yearly club competition. He was selected by Sensei Enoeda to compete for the JKA- England National team in the European championships.
Gary’s own Club, Westminster, has produced many National Champions. Some have gone onto become European medallist and Champions.
Former coach of the jka-england National squad, he continues to teach and train as enthusiastically as his first day.
Roy was born in London in 1955. He was one of Sensei Enoeda’s senior students and was a committee member of Sensei Enoeda’s dojo. From 1983 to 1985 he was a member of the KUGB national squad. Between 1983 and 1993 he achieved first place in eight out of ten kumite (fighting) competitions at Sensei Enoeda’s own club championships (coming second and third in the other two competitions). These took place at the famous Marshall Street dojo, the former headquarters of the JKA in the UK.
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 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.
Sensei Ismail started learning Karate in Montreal, Canada in 1975, with Sensei Francois Gelinas. From 1980 to 1986Sensei Ismail continued training with Sakurai Sensei at the Shidokan Academy, and later managed the club with Melarie Taylor until 1990. Moving to New York, Sensei Ismail continued his training with Mori Sensei and then came to England in 1999. Since that time, Sensei Ismail trained regularly with (the late) Enoeda Sensei and now trains with Ohta Sensei.
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