Senpai Jon has been with the club for many years now and has been very lucky to have been working very closely with our Sensei Aktar during this time. Senpai Jon is now one of our Senior Assistant Instructors and is qualified to take any class if Sensei is not around. Jon is particularly popular amongst our younger students for this reason. He always pushes himself under the direction of sensei Aktar having achieving a Bronze medal and final placing in the recent JKA UK National Kumite Championships through his hard effort and sincere training..
Senpai Nathan Ucher 1st Dan
Junior Assistant Instructor
Senpai Nathan Ucher started as a beginner at the Shotokan JKA Academy and worked his way up. He is one of the youngest Black Belt coaches. He is also one of our most committed students & assistants, & provides assisted teaching especially for up and coming beginners.
Senpai Prab Padisetti 1st Dan
Senpai Prab has also been with the club for many years and through his enthusiasm and motivation, provides an extremely active and motivating practise for the students.
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Training with Kanazawa Shihan 10th Dan
With Tanaka sensei 8th Dan
With Abe sensei 8th Dan
With Yahara sensei 8th Dan
Sensei Sam Aktar 6th Dan
Chief Club Instructor
Sensei Sham Aktar 6th Dan is the club's chief instructor. Originally a fan of Bruce Lee as a Child, he got his early inspiration watching his films, and wanted to do martial arts just like him. In his early High School and teenage days since he was into many sports, he tried Boxing, Judo,Jujitsu, Wing Chun, Taekwondo, Jiu jitsu and other martial arts, however because Shotokan JKA emphasised the concept of the one single finishing blow of the Samurai, and since he used to watch a lot of Samurai films at the time,he came to like this & therefore stuck to Shotokan JKA karate.Over decades of training, including several trips to both China and Japan to train with the best amongst the world's best renowned masters of JKA Shotokan karate and other martial arts, he has been able to acquire little gems of knowledge that he passionately desires to pass on to his dedicated & committed students, as his contribution towards the positive human development in Society. Sensei Aktar never forgets the traditional and most effective methods of JKA Shotokan practise as a martial art of self-defence based on the skills of the past Samurai Warriors, that he learned with all the top legendary masters, such as :
Master Kase 10th Dan, Nishiyama 10th Dan, Asai 9th Dan, Kanazawa 9th Dan,Shirai 8th Dan,Enoeda 8th Dan,Tanaka 8th Dan, Yahara 8th Dan,Kawasoe 8th Dan,and many others, some of these sadly are no longer alive. Each master was so good & unique at some special aspect of Shotokan and sensei Aktar had vowed from his early days to capture the essence of their shotokan karate technique/s, and to be able to simplify & teach it in his own way to his dedicated, enthusiatic students at various stages of their progression. Sensei Aktars unique teaching point is to be able to take a dedicated student way past his/her potential to the ultimate level of understanding his technique and skill.Thus ensuring high quality original traditional JKA karate and state of mind learning for his students. You can guarantee an improvement in your physical & mental state when training with Sensei Aktar as he always pushes you beyond your limit to find your true hidden potential.This is the essence of his teachings. It is also in this way that many of his students continue to have first placings in national karate championships.
Senpai Jon Keen 2nd Dan
Senior Assistant Instructor