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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 Ohta

Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th Dan JKA

Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta
7th Dan JKA
Chief Instructor JKA England

Sensei Steve Deal 3rd Dan JKA

Sensei Steve Deal

3rd Dan JKA
Assistant Instructor, SKC

Steve first became a member of Stevenage Karate Club in Jan of 1983 and was originally taught under our founder instructors Sensei Scott and Dean Saunders.

Over the space of the next 3 years he successfully passed his Kyu grades eventually stopping at first Kyu, Steve slowly stopped training regularly and eventually gave up by about 1987.

The Spark would be re-ignited when Steve's children "George and Rhianne" showed some interest in trying a martial art, after looking up the "Stevenage Karate" on Google, Steve found they were still training and took a visit to the old training venue. After some encouragement from the senior members he started training once again, 18 years had passed between finishing in 1987 and his first lesson back in 2004.

The new chief Instructor was Sensei Tom Peebles He advised Steve, "take it easy and gradually step the training up, encouraging Steve to take "shodan" when he was ready.

In the summer of 2005 he passed Shodan under Sensei Ohta and Sensei Ueki.

In the summer of 2007, he passed "Nidan” again under Sensei Ohta and Sensei Ueki.

To gain experience in competition Karate Steve has participated in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 UK national championships held at Guildford and later the K2 sport Centre Crawley, and has judged at the 2008, 2009, 2010 kyu grade championships.

In 2008 he passed level 3 Instructor and Referee Licence exams.

In 2010 he passed level 2 instructor and Referee Licence exams.

In 2007 Steve took over the vacant Club Secretary role. During May 2015 JKA Spring course at the K2 in Crawley Steve passed Sandan under Sensei Ohta & Sensei Imamura