Bushinkai’s membership association Shikon is now a part of Karate England which is recognised by Sport England and comes under the umbrella of the International Karate Union. Karate England is the country’s most prestigious governing bodies and includes the likes of Andy Sherry 9th Dan and Vic Charles MBE on its board of directors.
Karate England overview
Karate in England, Karate Sport England and the English Karate Alliance have been working together since 2007 with the shared aim of uniting all English Karate Associations within a democratic and Sport England recognised and supported national governing body.
Our three bodies represent the majority of Karateka in England. We have always understood the importance of dialogue with other groups and have consistently made every effort to negotiate a united approach to achieving our aims and will continue to do so.
Karate England is a National Governing Body (NGB) and as a National Governing Body we will be aiming to:-
- offer appropriate NGB facilities to our members with minimum financial burden
- achieve recognition and support as an NGB by Sport England
- achieve unification for all English Karate Associations
- achieve the best possible facilities and structure for the benefit of all English Karateka
- ensure that all our members have the freedom to enjoy national and international relationships with karate bodies of their choice, without unfair or unreasonable restrictions and in a way which reflects the Olympic Spirit of the pursuit of sporting relationships amongst citizens of all nations as embodied in the Olympic Charter.
Vice-Chairman, Abdu Shaher: Abdu is Chief Instructor of the British Karate Organisation and a former English, British, Commonwealth and World Karate Champion. In 2009 Abdu achieved a BSc Honors degree in Sports Coaching Science from Leeds Met. University. He has successfully operated a number of leisure businesses and currently runs a Dojo in Teesside, where he lives and is the Instructor to Teesside University Karate Club. He was Performance Director for Karate England 2005 and is Head Coach to the current Karate England National squad.
Technical Chairman and Board Member, Andy Sherry Andy began training in Karate in 1959 and was a founder member of the Liverpool Red Triangle Karate club and the KUGB. From 1965 to 1974 he competed successfully in both Kata and Kumite, winning his first European title in 1968. That same year, he travelled to Mexico to represent Great Britain as part of a European demonstration team at the Olympic Games. He has been a professional Karate Instructor for 45 years and is constantly in demand in this country and abroad. In 2005 he was recognised as the most senior Karateka in England when he was appointed unanimously as Chairman of the Technical Committee of the new National Governing Body, Karate England. He resides in Liverpool and still trains and teaches every day.
Secretary, Bob Poynton Bob started Karate in 1965 and after a brief period with HM Customs and Excise, became a full-time Karate Instructor. He competed Nationally and Internationally for 17 year and in 1974 he began to take an active part in the KUGB administration. In 1992, as Chairman of the EKGB Technical Committee, he co-ordinated the development of an Instructor/Coach Education programme which is still in use today. He believes legitimate English Karate bodies need to work in harmony to ensure the highest standards of instruction, safety and behaviour are available to the public and the full benefits of Karate fully appreciated.
Board Member, Victor Charles MBE Vic Charles, MBE started karate in 1973 and went on to become the first karateka to be awarded an MBE for services to karate in 1989. During a career which has spanned almost forty years he won 11 world medals, (7 gold), 13 European medals and 3 European club titles. He was a member of the British men’s team which dominated the world championships throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s with five successive world team titles. He founded the British Sport Karate Association in 1986 with clubs in London, Kent and Yorkshire. As an association coach he won numerous national and 3 European club titles. He was appointed English National Coach in 1996 and was the World Class Performance Plan’s Technical Manager. He retired from competition in 1990 and from coaching in 2000. He remains the British Sport Karate Association’s Chief Instructor.
Board Member, Ian Cuthbert, Ian has been a professional Karate Instructor since 1982 , has studied Karate since 1972 , Pilates since 1980 and Chinese Martial Arts since 2000. Passionate about creating a Karate Governing Body that is democratic and fair to all. Has been with Steve Rowe and Shikon as National Coach since 1987 and built one of the most successful competition squads on the circuit.
IKU World Championship (Report from Shikon)
Back in October the Shikon squad were well represented at the IKU world championships for Juniors and cadets in Caorle, Italy.
Shikon coaches were heavily involved with the Karate England team with Ian Cuthbert, Julia Heenan, Trisha Jordan, Paul Wood, Phil Trick, Paul Lowe and Bryan Andrews all present with various students .
Shikon members over the last 15 years have had success at International level with pretty much all the World formats WKF, WUKO, WUKF and now IKU but they feel they are now with like minded Karateka, with similar mindset and a desire to move forward and this became apparent as the weekend progressed.
The Karate England set up also allows Coaches to get involved with the squad and support their athletes properly, unlike the old days of the EKGB.
A strong, happy squad, properly prepared and properly supported is a powerful thing indeed, and the weekend saw them get their just rewards.
The IKU event sees only National representative teams face off against each other.
A truly friendly atmosphere, good organisation very fair refereeing, camaraderie amongst competitors from all countries and most importantly a cracking standard.
Shikon youngsters Mareid Ladbrooke, Lauren Newman Sebastian Weller and James Scollan all won golds in the 12-13 years kumite but it was in the cadet and junior sections that Shikon really set things alight .
In the cadet categories 14-17 years Riona jayakody, from Julias Buckhurst Hill Club took first place against a strong Russian opponent in the female cadet 14-15 light weight section whilst Rafat razzaque from Ian s Woodford club stormed home 6-0 in the final of the boys 14-15 under 60k event.
Trisha Jordan s. Hornchurch club saw Sam Hulbert take the IKU cadet B U70k title to go with his WUKF world title that he won in Serbia and Josh Roukin followed that with a win in the male cadet A lightweight division.
Jamie Carroll from Woodford won the male cadet 16-17 yrs over 75k beating a strong Brazilian fighter in a sudden death fight off after normal time saw them 5-5.
Shikon karate champion big sister Shauna Carroll also took gold in the Junior 18-20 years over 68 k beating her Serbian opponent t 6-0 with an excellent tactical approach.
Current European Champion Charlie Collins from North Weald added a World title to his list of achievements winning the male Junior over80k category 6-2 against the current Senior World champion Robert Manea from Romania.
Paul Wood from Oxford had successes in the male junior shito ryu kata with Mitchell Roberts and sister Hollie Roberts equalled that with a Gold in the junior female u55k fighting. Another Oxford fighter Dani Lester won the female cadet B. U53k. Kumite
Shikon fighters were also involved in the four team golds that the squad won along with several silvers and bronzes a tribute to the quality of not only the competitors produce by Shikon over the years.but the Instructors and coaches.
The IKU is open to all National teams and Karate Sport England welcomes all Karateka interested in representing their country at the highest level.
Anyone interested can contact Shikon IKU coach Ian Cuthbert on 07802 481187