Chief Instructor - Sensei Ian Harman, Godan (5th Dan)
Ian Harman was born in January 1976. When he reached the age of 8, Ian took up Judo, then shortly after changed to Karate. He went to university in Brighton and qualified as a teacher. Ian is currently employed at Croesyceiliog School in Cwmbran, where he teaches Science. Ian started training in the Wado Ryu style of Karate under the instruction of Sensei Mick Salesman. In 1987, Ian’s family moved, which meant a change of Karate Clubs and subsequently Karate style. This is when Ian began training with a KUGB club; the Red Lion Shotokan Karate Club in Hastings under the instruction of Sensei Ivan Birch. When Ian gained his 1st Kyu; or brown belt with 2 white stripes, he began to assist with the teaching of classes at the club.
Three years after joining the club, at the age of 14 years, Ian achieved his Shodan; or black belt, on the first attempt from Sensei Andy Sherry. He then took over the teaching and running of the Hastings Red Lion SKC. During his time at the Red Lion SKC Ian became a regular competitor in the KUGB Southern Region and KUGB National championships. Just two years later Ian passed his Nidan, or 2nd Dan Black Belt, once again from Sensei Andy Sherry. The Red Lion SKC had moved to Eastbourne by this time and Ian carried on with his teaching and training at the club. In 1994 Ian was extended the offer of a place on the KUGB Southern Region Karate Squad, where he competed in both Kata and Kumite and won several medals and trophies. His success in competition was further rewarded, when two years later he was invited to join the England Karate Squad and also the Great Britain Karate Squad. Ian was selected to represent his country in the discipline of Kata.
Ian's international competitive career was beginning to take off when in 1997 he was involved in a serious car accident. Left with a severe neck injury, Ian was unable to train or compete and as a result he lost his place on the England and Great Britain squads. After a lengthy recuperation, Ian had the OK to return to light karate training, but not competition and certainly not Kumite!
It was during this period that Ian moved from the South Coast to South Wales. After some initial difficulty in finding a KUGB Club in the local area, Ian joined the Kyoshin SKC where he was warmly welcomed. With his wealth of Karate knowledge and experience, it wasn’t long until Ian was invited to assist with the teaching at the club. Ian took over the running of Kyoshin and has led the club from strength to strength.
Ian has continued to develop his Karate expertise, passing Sandan (3rd Dan) in 2004, Yondan (4th Dan) in 2008 and Godan (5th Dan) in 2013
Ian also a qualified KUGB Judge. As a member of the Welsh National Squad, Ian has been selected to represent Wales at international competitions on many occasions. Since 2007, Ian has been instructing Kata at the South Wales Centre of Karate Excellence. Ian was invited to join the KUGB's National Executive as the Secretary for Wales. Ian says that his teaching is based on an understanding of not just how, but why the techniques in Karate are effective. He says this has been influenced by the training methods of Sensei Andy Sherry, Sensei Terry O'Neill and Sensei Bob Poynton.
Phil Winterbourne - Instructor
What grade are you? Sandan (3rd Dan)
When did you get your Black Belt? 1990
What attracted you to Karate in the first place? A little embarrassing to admit now, but I really wanted to be like Jean-Claude Van Damme.
What is your favourite Kata and why? The Kata I performed at my 3rd Dan grading, Sochin.
What is your best Karate moment? Achieving 3rd Dan.
Who are the key influences in your Karate career? Sensei Ian Harman and Kyoshin as a whole drove me to achieve 3rd Dan. I had similar motivation from Sensei Ron Hicks at Bath SKC for 2nd Dan and Sensei Dave Collacott at Exeter University SKC for 1st Dan and to achieve many medals and trophies. My instructors were my biggest influences.
Why do you instruct? I hope I can inspire people in the same way I have been inspired.
What advice would you give anyone considering Karate? Karate grounds me. It keeps me fit, relieves stress, instills discipline and gives me confidence. I have trained since the age of 12, without it, I would be lost.
Andy McDonald - Instructor
When did you get your Black Belt? 6 th December 2008
What attracted you to Karate in the first place? As a lover of all martial arts I joined a club in Hastings as a child.
What is your favourite Kata and why? Most definitely Enpi. This Kata displays changes in direction off line of the attack with a great variety of techniques. The need for control, power and technique to make this a beautiful kata to perform and to watch.
What is your best Karate moment? Being presented with the Kyoshin Outstanding Karate Spirit Award.
Who are the key influences in your Karate career? Sensei Ian Harman 5th Dan and Tim Jones 2nd Dan. Also my old instructor Sensei Ivan Birch 5th Dan at Eastbourne.
Why do you instruct? To give others the opportunity to experience and enjoy a passion I get so much from personally.
What advice would you give anyone considering Karate? Karate is more than a sport, a fighting art or a hobby. For me it's a path in life.
Mike Brand - Instructor
What grade are you? Nidan (2nd Dan)
When did you get your Black Belt? July 2008
What attracted you to Karate in the first place? When I was 8 years old, I used to swim at the local Leisure Centre and could see the Karate Club from a viewing balcony. I picked up a leaflet and took it home to my parents. It all started from there.
What is your favourite Kata and why? Gankaku. With its wide range of powerful fast techniques and the slow precise movements requiring a large amount of balance and strength.
What is your best Karate moment? Competing in the European Shotokan Karate championships 2012 in Serbia.
Who are the key influences in your Karate career? A student in my first club. I wanted to move as fast as he did, look as sharp as he did and have the same spirit he did. Sensei Ian Harman has inspired me tremendously. The precision and skill of Sensei Andy Sherry is astonishing.
Why do you instruct? For its rewards. Seeing students I instruct improve or pass their grading’s gives me great satisfaction. Instructing lets me explore more about karate to learn about less noticeable aspects of techniques. This improves my karate too.
What advice would you give anyone considering Karate? Give it a go! Young, old, big or small, trying something new is daunting. Kyoshin are the friendliest people I have ever met and we will welcome you into our club!
Lucy Baker - Instructor
What grade are you? Nidan (2nd Dan)
When did you get your Black Belt? 3rd December 2012
What attracted you to Karate in the first place? My dad took me to the local leisure centre to find a hobby. I saw Kyoshin's Leaflet and thought I would give it a go.
What is your favourite Kata and why? I love all 28 katas but my favourite would be Gojushiho-Dai. I would love to perform it in a competition.
Who are the key influences in your Karate career? My Sensei Ian Harman is the key influence. He makes Karate so much fun and is the reason I keep training.
Why do you instruct? Instructing helps me improve my Karate and to see others improve their Karate is very rewarding indeed.
What advice would you give anyone considering Karate? Karate builds your confidence and it's a great way of keeping fit. Taking up karate is the best decision I have ever made and I would recommend it to anyone.