An 9th Dan in Karate, with over 47 years continuous training, and some 8 years on the Gt. Britain and England Karate squads. Trained to 1st dan in Wado Ryu and in 1969 was a founder of the Shukokai Karate Union (SKU), training with one of his strongest influences Shigeru Kimura Sensei. Peter was one of very few British Internationals who fought Full Contact, taking a British title in the mid 70’s.
Renowned not only for his groundbreaking work on the ‘practical’ application of martial arts, but also for his skill and abilities in melding traditional Karate with kickboxing, and other combative and competitive arts. Peter’s belief is that whilst the practice of karate must be aesthetic, it must also have ‘content.‘ In other words it must have the priority of having ‘impactive effect‘ – it must work.
Geoff Thompson 7th Dan - Joint Chief Instructor
Geoff needs little introduction, neither for his long martial arts career, nor for his groundbreaking writings on the application of the art and sport of Karate in real life engagements. The author of some 40 books and 35 DVDs, there are few people with Geoff’s credentials when it comes to understanding how traditional systems, be they Japanese, or of Chinese origins can meld with modern combative sports, such as Boxing, Wrestling and Vale Tudo.
Despite Geoffs work with the ‘application‘ aspects of martial arts, he has never lost his interest and love for traditional Karate, having spent over 40years training with some of the best Shotokan instructors in the UK. There are few people who have trained to the intensity that Geoff has to reach his high level of technical competence. The ultimate inspirational instructor.
Below are the BCKA’s senior coaches, grading officers and Technical Committee. These internationally recognised Instructors represent the whole spectrum of traditional and modern Karate, all having served their time coming through the traditional ranks and provide the support for Geoff and Peter in the coaching and grading tasks.
Traditional, Bunkai and applied Karate exponent. Iain needs no introduction to the Karate community, renowned for his work on the functional application of traditional Kata. Iain is one of the senior Coaches of the BCA and has developed a world wide reputation for his unique skills.
One of Kickboxing and Sport Karate superstars. Lee is also one of the Association’s foremost ‘combat‘ instructors, having taught military units, worked as an international bodyguard and is acknowledged as the foremost ‘martial arts motivator.‘ The Association’s Sport Karate Coach.
Traditional, and applied pressure point Karate. Few people have so seamlessly combined the pressure point applications with both Traditional Karate and real world combat. Russell is now making a reputation for this within US police defensive tactics circles.
Jon has dedicated the last 30 years to the acquisition of Martial Arts knowledge and techniques. His main focus is on the disciplines; Karate, Kick Boxing Torite Jutsu, Kali, Jeet Kun Do and Jun Fan Gung Fu. One of the UK’s most knowledgable Karateka.
Jon often teaches security staff from both civilian, blue light and military organizations where he incorporates aspects of Karate Jutsu to give participants some easy to use and more “Bang for the Buck” applications for threat removal.
Apart from his involvement with the BCKA, Jon also runs the renowned Karate Jutsu Association which concentrates on the adaptation of Karate techniques to real life situations whilst maintaining vast aspects of the founding karate principles.