Chief Instructor Sensei Alan Wears, 7th Dan
Sensei Alan started his career in karate in 1982 at the Shinko School of Karate receiving his 1st Dan (black belt) in 1990 and his 7th Dan in 2018. He is a both a nationally qualified coach and coach assessor as well as a qualified referee, refereeing at national competitions. During his karate career he has competed successfully at all levels including national and international competitions.
Citing Peter Jones, his first instructor, and Ray Wilson, the Chief Instructor of the NKA, as his greatest influences, it is not surprising the importance he places on teaching people and encouraging them to achieve their best. His commitment to teaching others has been rewarded many times over, but especially when a Kyokutan Karate club member won the EKO national competition at the age of 10.
Sensei Alan is CRB registered.
Senior Instructor John Smith, 6th Dan
Instructor Sensei John began studying karate in 1982 under Sensei Peter Jones, the head coach at the Shinko School of Karate. He received his 1st Dan (black belt) in 1990 and his 6th Dan in 2017. In 1999 he became the first member of the Kyokutan Karate Club to achieve his 3rd Dan at the EKO headquarters in Birmingham. In the course of his karate career he has competed successfully at all levels including national and international competitions.
As a nationally qualified coach Sensei John places great value on encouraging people to achieve their best. Students at all levels have benefited from his coaching and, over the years, he has helped many students progress through their grades, from 9th kyu all the way through their Dan grades.
Sensei John is CRB registered.
Instructor Sensei Lee Scott, 3rd Dan
Sensei Lee has been training, teaching and competing in martial arts since childhood. He trained in Tae Kwon-do as a child and later trained in Shotokan karate under Senseis Peter Jones, Alan Wears and John Smith at the Shinko School of karate. Along with Sensei Alan and Sensei John, Sensei Lee was an important part of the formation of the Kyokutan Karate Club, prior to which he had been running a club within the Shinko School.
Sensei Lee achieved his 1st Dan in 1995 with the NKA and his second Dan in 1999 at the EKO headquarters whilst training with the Kyokutan Karate Club. He achieved his current 3rd Dan with the EKO in 2005. He has represented the club in regional and national competitions, making it through to the finals in several competitions.
As well as enoying training hard and coaching others, Sensei Lee enjoys the camaraderie within the club.
Sensei Lee is CRB registered.
Assistant Instructor Sensei Jon Barley, 1st Dan
Sensei Jon joined the Kyokutan Karate club in 2008 as a way to maintain fitness and self discipline. Under the guidance and instruction of the Senseis of the Kyokutan Karate club he reached his current grade of 1st Dan in October, 2014 and is looking forward to training for his 2nd Dan.
He has represented the club in both local and national competitions.
Sensei Jon enjoys training and coaching; he sees teaching and coaching as an essential, as well as enjoyable, part of karate as it helps further ones own skills and understanding.
Sensei Jon is CRB registered.
Assistant Instructor Sensei David Pounds, 1st Dan
Sensei David first took up karate in his early teens. After a hiatus of several years he resumed his karate career with Kyokutan karate in 2010.
Sensei David achieved his 1st Dan in November, 2015.
Sensei David is CRB registered.