||Mark Hawkins 3rd Dan
I commenced my study of Karate Do in December 1973 at Linden Hall Karate Club, Bournemouth. The club taught the WadoRyu style and I graded to 8th Kyu under Sensei Wignall in June 1974. Shortly afterwards I started training in Shotokan Karate at Linden Hall under Sensei Peter Larder. I progressed through the grading syllabus, grading under both Sensei Tomita and Enoeda reaching 1st Kyu in April 1977.
I moved to the Kanku Karate club at Stokewood Road, Bournemouth due to Sensei Larder having to cease karate training due to an injury. Kanku Karate club was then, and still is, run by Chief Instructor Sensei Gerry Breeze, and he has been a significant influence on my training and attitude towards training. On 14th December 1980 I was awarded Shodan (1st Dan Black Belt) on my first attempt by Sensei Enoeda 9th Dan. Between 1983 and 2001 I had a break in my training due to professional and family commitments. In 2001 I resumed my training under Sensei Breeze and after a further six years training I graded to Nidan (2nd Dan) on 22nd April 2007 the grade being awarded by Senseis Breeze, Putt and Carroll.
Following a further seven years of training and studying Shotokan Karate I was awarded Sandan (3rd Dan) on 23rd March 2014 by Senseis Breeze and Putt.
I have in my Karate career trained under and been on courses run some of the finest instructors in the world, these include Sensei Nakayama; Sensei Enoeda; Sensei H Kanazawa; Sensei Kato; Sensei Abe; Sensei Amos; Sensei Hooper; Sensei Hall; Sensei Tomita as well as Senior Sensei in the FBSKUI, Sensei Breeze; Sensei Putt; Sensei Carroll.
I have competed in numerous competitions including the KUGB National Championships at Crystal Palace, the KUGB South West Area Championships, The Legend Shotokan Open and the Shobu Ippon Open.
As a qualified International Judge & Referee I have officiated at many karate competitions and five world championships.
I am a retired Police Officer and have experience in dealing with confrontation from minor street disorder through to major public disorder.
I enjoy a very active family life and flying full size gliders.
|Graham Adcock 1st Dan
I began my pursuit of Karate Do in 1982 with the Karate Union of
Scotland in Arbroath before moving south and training in Trowbridge
under Sensei Pete Bull. I graded to 7th Kyu under Sensei
Enoeda before moving back to Scotland and training under Sensei
Billy Wales, grading to 4th Kyu under Sensei Paul
Dempsey. I settled in Poole in 1996 and began training at Kanku
Karate Club under Sensei Gerry Breeze. In 2004 I was awarded Shodan
by Senseis Gerry Breeze, Colin Putt and Mark Carroll.
My career has meant that I have travelled extensively around
the UK and have had the privilege to train under a number of
senseis.I have attended numerous courses training under Sensei
Enoeda, Sensei Tanaka, Sense Kanazawa, Sensei Kawasoe, Sensei
Yahara, Sensei Tabata, Sensei Abe, Sensei Ohta, Sensei Dave Hazard,
Sensei Terry O’Neill, Sensei John Mullin, Sensei Richard Amos,
Sensei Dave Hooper, Sensei Elwyn Hall, Sensei Wayne Otto, Sensei
Trevor Roberts as well as Senior Sensei in the FBSKUI, Sensei Gerry
Breeze; Sensei Colin Putt; Sensei Mark Carroll.
As well as Shotokan Karate I have also studied Aikido,
Jujitsu and Iaido and taught Self Defence Classes.
I have competed in national competitions across England,
Scotland and Wales and competed internationally in Spain, Hungary
and New Zealand.I am the Chairman of both the Combined Services
Martial Arts Association and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Martial
I qualified as a Judge/Referee in 2009 and have officiated in
numerous local and national competitions and two World
I am currently serving in the Royal Marines; I am married
with one daughter. I enjoy travelling and motorcycling as well as
my pursuit of the Martial Arts.
|Richard Benett 1st Dan
I began training in Shotokan Karate in 1979-81 in Libreville,
Gabon, W.Africa, under Sensei Andre Groisillier, 2nd Dan
JKA. ( France).On returning to the UK I became a member of the
Budokwai, a KUGB/JKA Club, in London, training there from 1981-90,
under Chief instructor Caesar Andrews, 3rd Dan JKA.
Sensei Andrews was a close associate of the late, great, Sensei
Keinosuke Enoeda, 9th Dan, JKA Representative, Chief
Instructor of the KUGB who was a regular visitor to the Budokwai
for gradings and training.Other notable visiting instructors were
Senseis Kawasoe, Kato, Ohta, Hazard and Hall.
I graded Shodan under Sensei Enoeda at Crystal Palace in May 1984
and during the 1980s attended several annual KUGB courses.I was a
keen member of the Budokwai Kumite Team from 1983-86 taking part in
numerous local and regional competitions.
I joined Bournemouth Kanku Karate Club in 2010 with my son
Thomas and have since taken part in the Legend Competition 2011 in
Bracknell, the 2011 European Karate Championships in Hungary,
winning trophies in the Veterans category and the SKDUN World
Championships in Germany.