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Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th Dan JKA

Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta
7th Dan JKA
Chief Instructor JKA England


News 2010

4th December 2010

Congratulations to Nick and Mick!

Well done from all at Stevenage SKC to Nick Taylor for passing Shodan and to our very own Assistant Instructor, Sensei Mick Farquharson, for passing his Sandan!

Happy Christmas to all and a Happy New Year!


14th November 2010

Success at the Kyu Grade National Championships!

Stevenage scored success again this year at the Kyu Grade Nationals, with Tosan Okoturo and Sally Rowe both gaining Bronze medals in Kumite. This just goes to highlight what a great fighting club Stevenage SKC is!

Well done to all students who entered this year, the full entrants list is as follows:

Jermain Straker, Charlotte Lopez, Thomas Lopez, Julie Lopez, Tosan Okoturo, Kevin Marchant, Zafirah Kesington, Sally Rowe


6th November 2010

Special lesson with Sensei Tomlin 5th Dan JKA

Stevenage Karate Club students and karate-ka from the surrounding area can take advantage of another superb lesson from Sensei Roy Tomlin 5th Dan JKA on the 25th November.

The lessons will be from 7pm - 9pm and are open to all students, however non club members will have to pay a £5 fee to take part - a bargain we're sure you'll agree!


4th August 2010

Medal Time!

Following our club competition. There was as air of excitement when Sensei Tom announced on Monday 26th that the medals were almost here and should be ready to present at our Thursday training.

They had been ordered from Spain and we were wondering if their delay had been caused by the world cup celebrations.

So with Lynn organising the order of things etc. and Karen our club photographer clicking like mad, the medal presentation took place at last.

With several students winning more than one medal, it sounded like Christmas had arrived early with the jingling of sleigh bells as they ran back into line – with big smiles.

Well done again to everyone. Please see our gallery for pictures.


9th July 2010

JKA Stevenage holds Club Competition

On Saturday 10th June we had our first competition, and did we all enjoy it!

It started early in the morning and after all the entrants had finished competing we had all witnessed a very high standard of Karate – a pleasure to watch.

From the youngest to the older, the smallest to the bigger, everyone can be proud of their efforts.

It was run exactly along the lines of the national competitions, so all the students now have an invaluable understanding for future competitions - internal and external. And I'm sure they will be entering many more to come.

In the evening, thanks to much arranging and organising we had a medal presentation – although the medals were substituted with certificates, until they arrive.

With the presentations done we all let our hair down – those with enough – and tripped the light fantastic, that's dancing to our younger people. With the bar open and a fantastic array of good food, there was nothing left to do but have really good time.

We are all most grateful to all those that did the organising and arranging.

Well done all those that took part – you are all winners.

Go to our gallery to see photos of what a good time looks like!


8th July 2010

Club Grading

Congratulations to all students who graded today! An excellent lesson with Gary Stewart 5th Dan JKA was followed by a successful grading for everyone who attempted their next belt. Special congratulations to Graham who double-graded from 10th to 8th Kyu, well done Graham!

Gary Stewart 5th Dan JKA, Stevenage Karate Club Dan Grades, and the successful grading students
Gary Stewart 5th Dan JKA, Stevenage Karate Club Dan Grades, and the successful grading students

3rd July 2010

JKAE National Championships at Crawley

Well done to the students that entered the Nationals in Crawley on 3rd July.

It was a long tiring day, with a very high standard of competition. The students that entered were:

  • Arabella Cutts
  • Jolyon Martin
  • Laetitia Alexandre
  • Jon Cooper
  • Dave Thomas
  • Nick Taylor
  • Steve Deal
  • Steve Rowe
  • Mick Farquharson

Dave and jo both got bronze medals in kumite, well done!

Sensei Tom Peebles and Lydia Chown were referees, Sandy Tse was Club Coach and Lynn Peebles and Carol Deal were timekeepers.


April 2010

Sensei Ohta passes 7th Dan

Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Sensei Ohta, who successfully passed his 7th Dan grading! Read more about Sensei Ohta in our profile.


March 2010

Kyu Gradings

Stevenage had a successful grading with Roy Tomlin 5th Dan JKA and all students passed!


March 2010

Shodan for Mark

Congratulations to Mark Payne who attained his 1st Dan (Shodan) in Bath on 21st March. Well done Mark!