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Tom Peebles
Mick Farquharson
Steve Rowe
Steve Deal
Lydia Chown
Karen Dwyer

Stevenage Karate Club Instructors

All instructors and coaches teaching at the Stevenage clubs have to obtain an Enhanced Certificate from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), are fully Insured & Qualified to teach


The idea of joining our club to start-out in JKA Shotokan Karate may seem a bit daunting to most aspiring martial artists...

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Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th Dan JKA

Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta
7th Dan JKA
Chief Instructor JKA England

Sensei Lydia Chown 2nd Dan JKA

Sensei Lydia Chown

2nd Dan JKA
Assistant Instructor, SKC

Lydia began training as a child in KUGB karate in the 1980s at the Ipswich Karate Club under Sensei Alf Hatton and Sensei Wai-Yin Hatton. She graded Shodan under Sensei Enoeda in 1987.

After a long break, in 2006 Lydia started training again with the Stevenage Karate Club, and was glad to find such a strong club with high standards of teaching under Sensei Tom Peebles. She was encouraged to train for her Nidan grading, which she passed in August 2008.

In order to gain competition experience as an adult she competed in the 2008 UK National Championship and in the Stevenage club competition in 2010. She acted as a judge in the 2010 UK National Championship.

Lydia passed JKA England Level 3 Instructor and Referee exams in February 2010, and Level 2 Instructor and Referee exams in February 2011.