World Shotokan Karate-Do Federation England
Tomiko Mitsuoka 8th Dan
Tomiko Mitsuoka was born in Japan in 1948 and started the study of Shotokan Karate (JKA) in 1966 at the age of 18 years.
“The initial purpose was to learn self-defence as I was employed in a department store working long, late hours, I remember that it was not popular for ladies to study martial arts at that time and found it very difficult to join a dojo until my cousin who was a karate instructor introduced me to his sensei Hirano Sensei one of the original students of Master Funakoshi and one of the co-founders of the JKA.”
George Christodoulides 6th Dan
I was born in Kumasi in Ghana when my family was living in West Africa due to my father’s employment being based there. I started my martial arts training in 1973 when I was 12 years old and living in Nigeria.
I was first taught Judo at a local club in the state of Sokoto by a black belt 2nd Dan English man who also worked there. This was the Bruce Lee era! His films were a great inspiration! I am proud to say that I was very influenced by this talented and charismatic martial artist! But I wanted to do more than Judo, I was interested in learning Karate!
Andy Hunt 4th Dan
Andy took up Karate at the age of 43 at the request of his 7 year old daughter, training at the Ruislip and Hayes Dojos of the KUGB, competing locally and nationally at both Kata and Kumite. He was awarded 1st Dan by Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda at Crystal palace in 1998.
Joining WSKF England in 2002, and following breaks in training due to illness and foreign travel, he returned to training with Sensei Tomiko Mitsuoka and was awarded 2nd Dan in 2005, 3rd Dan and 4th Dan by Sensei Hitoshi Kasuya in 2014 and 2022, respectively.
Andy supports the Chief Instructor in the organisation and development of WSKF England acting as the WSKF England Chairman.
Syed Imam 3rd Dan
I Syed Imam started my martial art journey in 2009 in Shotokan karate style joined the International Shotokan karate federation.
Where I was trained by Sensei Ahcene Moussaoui 7th dan, Sensei Xavier Boulanger and Chairman / Chief Instructor Hiroyoshi Okazaki, 9th Dan.
I was part of ISKE for 1 year where I was trained by Sensei Rod Butler 6th dan. I joined WSKF in 2015 Founder of Alfa Shotokan karate club Sensei Albertas Gustis who is a great teacher leave their students with positive, inspiring words, and those words teach us for as long as we live.
Ionut Grecu 3rd Dan
I’ve started karate in Romania when I was 9 years old. I can still remember my Sensei (Vasile Popa) teaching us spinning techniques after he attended a seminar with Hitoshi Kasuya Sensei. I had the privilege to learn all aspects of karate through perseverance and hard work. I stopped when I was 18 when I started University and had a few attempts to come come back but didn’t last long.
Ionut is supporting the Chief Instructor in the organisation and development of WSKF England acting as the WSKF England Secretary.
Bob Bamgboye 7th Dan
I started Karate in 1978 in South London under Thames Karate Association with John Taylor, on receiving my 2kyu in 1980 I joined Enoeda Sensei’s Marshall Street Dojo. During the 80’s I was also assisting in Don Morrison dojo (Sydenham Hill) where we had a formidable kumite team that travelled all over England competing and collecting several medals. I was quite successful in individual kata and kumite and team kumite, My Shodan, Nidan and Sandan were all done at the Crystal Palace Summer Course under the watchful eye of the most respected JKA instructors led by Enoeda Sensei.
Don Morrison 6th Dan
Sensei Don Morrison sadly passed away on the 23rd of January 2021 after a lifetime of karate practice, competition and teaching. He will be missed by all of his friends in WSKF.
He began studying Ishin Ryu Karate in 1971 (a style formed by Ticki Donovan). After training for a couple of years, Sensei Don then switched to a similar style of Karate called Kyokushinkai.In 1976, Sensei Don joined the Thames Karate Association (TKA) where he began his Journey in Shotokan Karate.