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  • Chloe

    Congratulations to Chloe James on passing her Shodan

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    Congratulations to Keira Straker on passing her Shodan

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    Congratulations to Louis Steward on passing his Shodan

  • Graham

    Congratulations to Graham Carr on passing his Shodan

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    Sensei Osaka

    Stevenage hosts special all grades course with Osaka Sensei 8th dan

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    Sensei Tom

    Congratulations to our own Sensei Tom on passing Godan (5th Dan)

  • Shodan Pass

    Congratulations to Charlie Dwyer on passing Shodan

  • Shodan Pass

    Congratulations to Nadia Jaufarally on passing Shodan

    Nidan Pass

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  • Shodan Pass

    Congratulations to Jade Straker on passing her Shodan

    Special Course

    Special Course with Sensei Ogane & Sensei Ohta

  • European Champions 2015

    JKA England Karate Clubs Stevenage & Yushikai have European Champions

    Sandan Pass

    Congratulations to Steve Deal on passing his Sandan

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    Congratulations to Olivia Hindle on passing her Shodan

    Shodan Pass

    Congratulations to Giordano Di Credico on passing his Shodan

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    Congratulations to Corrine Di Credico on passing her Shodan

    Shodan Pass

    Congratulations to Jermain Straker on passing his Shodan

  • Sandan Pass

    Congratulations to Soren Nicolajson on passing his Sandan

    Shodan Pass

    Congratulations to Chris Tang on passing his Shodan

  • Nidan Pass

    Congratulations to Sensei Karen Collins on passing her Nidan

    Sandan Pass

    Congratulations to Sensei Steve Rowe on passing his Sandan

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Sensei Ohta

  • Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th Dan JKA
  • Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th Dan JKA
  • Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th Dan JKA
  • Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th Dan JKA

Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta
7th Dan JKA
Chief Instructor JKA England


Stevenage Karate Club was founded in 1979 by Scott and Dean Saunders, both Shodan at the time. The club flourished under their instruction, attracting a regular attendance of 40 members at training sessions in the early 1980s. Grading sessions were organised every 3 months at Hatfield Polytechnic, initially under Tomita Sensei and later, from 1983, under Ohta Sensei.

Both club instructors graded Nidan around that time and continued to teach at the club until Jeff Fletcher, member of National Team Kumite Champions, joined the club. Jeff held the grade of Sandan at that time and took over as Senior Club Instructor. His vast competition experience brought a new dimension to the club. It was under his instruction that Derek Oakley graded Nidan in 1985. It was also during this period that Scott and Dean, the original club founders, left the club, and when Jeff moved abroad in 1990 Derek was his natural successor as Senior Club Instructor.

The club continued to thrive and enjoyed a good and strong reputation. It was this outstanding reputation that, at the end of 1991, convinced Tom Peebles, then Shodan, to join the club.

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Over the years Toms' involvement in the club has grown and in the Summer 2003 Tom became Senior Club Instructor for Stevenage Karate Club.

Sensei Tom Peebles 5th Dan JKA

All instructors and coaches teaching at the Stevenage clubs have to obtain an Enhanced Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), are fully Insured & Qualified to teach

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