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Simon Oliver 7th Dan, JKR- UK Chief Instructor

Simon Oliver Sensei is a well known international instructor who also runs the JKR-UK Hombu Dojo in Nottingham. He holds qualification in many martial arts, including several different styles of karate, Jujitsu, Kenjitsu, Iaijitsu, Judo and Aikido. This wide range of skills makes him a very interesting instructor in close quarter techniques and applications of the meaning of kata techniques. He comes from a background of Martial Artists. His father and uncle studied various styles including Judo and Ju-Jitsu. Simon originally started training under the guidance of his grandfather, who had studied Ju-Jitsu with Tani Sensei. But when the front lounge became too small his father enrolled him in the local boys Judo Club.

However, on seeing a dynamic display of Karate at a local fair Simon decided he wanted to train in this instead. So after pleading with his father he joined Wado-Ryu Karate (in 1968). He achieved the rank of Shodan in 1972 and won Junior Kumite and Kata in a local competition. This was to be the beginning of Simon’s career and study of Karate.


Sensei Oliver

Villayat 'Wolf' Sunkmanitu 2nd Dan, Club Instructor

I started training in Shotokan Karate at the age of 13 in Leicester in 1977. In those days there was real poverty in the area and I couldn't even afford a 'gi', just the bus fare and the cost of the training session. I earned that money by working after school in a chip shop!

I joined the Royal Air Force Police in 1981. It was a goal that I had been working towards since giving serious thought to what I wanted to do for a career. Unfortunately, I wasn't near a dojo during my service.

While living in London in 1986, I trained at the Marshall Street dojo for a while. I didn't start to train regularly until being settled in Newquay in 1990. While there, I trained hard and never missed a grading. I also attended the Crystal Palace courses twice a year.

In 1995 I was getting ready for my shodan grading with Sensei Ed Stark when I was involved in a serious road accident that made it impossible for me to continue training because of the physical injuries. I never gave up on the intention to come back to karate and after moving back to Cornwall I served as an assistant instructor under a different affiliation to help a friend at his club. During this time I was also diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from my military service. What I didn't know was that my Karate training was one of my key coping mechanisms for PTSD.

In 2010 I met Sensei Frank Brenan and we had a brief conversation about how training in Karate benefits people suffering with PTSD and he encouraged me to start training again.

It hurts to train as my physical injuries are still there and I have to learn new kata in a modular fashion because of a short term memory problem ... but I achieved 'Shodan' in 2012 and my instructor qualification later in that year.

I would recommend Karate to you as a discipline that is beneficial mentally, physically and spiritually. It helps you by providing basic physical fitness, an ability to defend yourself, develops confidence and provides the ability to focus, not just just in Karate but also in other areas of your life (eg education and working lives).

My reasons for starting up a dojo are simple: I need to be able to break down the various moves that I have learned to date, in order to understand them better so that I can further develop my study of Karate. I also need to actively remember everything that I have learned on the way to Shodan (which can be difficult when you have a disability that affects your short term memory). When you teach, you have to facilitate these aims.

I aim to do my best for the people that train at my dojo.

On 11 October 2015, I was passed as Nidan by Yamazaki Sensei of the JKR (our parent organisation).


Sensei Wolf

 

 

Re Villayat Sunkmanitu Instructor of Meiyo Karate Club

I have known Villayat since 1994.  At the time he was a 1st Kyu and was preparing for
his Shodan grading.

He always trained hard giving his all to his karate.  Unfortunately he was involved in a
serious car accident and couldn't continue to train with me owing to his physical injuries.
He later moved back to Cornwall for a job transfer.

I was delighted to hear that he had started back to Shotokan Karate again and passed his
Shodan grading in September 2012. I am very pleased to hear that he will be instructing at
his own club.

I have always found him to be an upfront and honest man who cares deeply about his Karate,
physically and spiritually.  He is someone that lives by the 'Dojo Code'.

Sensei Ed Starks, Sandan.
Chief Instructor
Bristol Shotokan Karate Club

1950-2013 RIP