National Kata Coach - Jonathan Mottram 5th Dan
I started training in 1990 age nine at Barking Ishinryu Karate Club with Sensei Ticky Donovan 9th Dan OBE. And to this day I am still a member of the Ishinryu Karate Association.
In these twenty three years I have always trained with Sensei Donovan but have also trained on many courses home and abroad with some of the best Karate-ka in the world. In this time I have attended Sensei Donovan’s annual summer course for twenty two consecutive years and I have also travelled to many different countries participating in top International courses with various styles and instructors.
These have included the late, great Michael Milon (France), Wayne Otto (England), Greg Frances (England), Junior Lefevre (Belgium), Patrick McCarthy (Australia), Carlo Fugazza (Italy), Nishimura (Japan), Dave Hazard (England), Luca Valdesi (Italy), and many more.
This has enabled me to gain a broad knowledge of all aspects of karate and to enhance and progress of my own personal development.
I started competing almost as soon as I started training but it took me three years to win my first competition which was 1st place in Kata at the Ishinryu National Championships. This was followed by a Team Kata Gold at the English National Championships. From my first Gold medal at the English until the present day I hold 30 English titles, 15 times Individual Kata Champion, 11 times Team Kata Champion and 4 times Individual Kumite Champion.
I also hold 16 British titles, 12 times Individual Kata Champion and 3 times Team Kata Champion. Alongside this I have three consecutive Commonwealth Games Championships Individual Kata Gold Medals. I also have 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Junior European Kata Championship Medals, 2 bronze Senior European medals and three times came 5th at senior World championships.
I have travelled all over the world competing in Karate Competitions and hold numerous international titles.
At the age of fourteen I started assisting Senior Ishinryu Instructors in teaching junior classes. At the age of sixteen I was given the privilege of taking on the teaching of the junior classes at Barking Ishinryu Karate Club.
Eleven years ago in 2002 I started my own karate club, Barking Abbey Ishinryu. Then seven years ago in 2006 I became assistant Kata Coach for the National Kata Squad and I am now currently the National Kata Coach.
Since starting Barking Abbey Ishinryu Eleven years ago I have over thirty different students who have gained Gold Medals in both Kata and Kumite at the English National Championships, some of them winning numerous times and in more than one category. This represents a haul of over sixty national titles for Barking Abbey Ishinryu. This coaching success has continued in my work with the National Kata Squad.
Since assisting with the National Kata Squad I have coached at six Junior European Championships and the Kata Squad have gained six consecutive medals including Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Many of these students made history by being the first person from England to win a Kata Medal in their category. Following on from this European success a Kata Squad member won a Bronze Medal at the 2011 Junior World Championships. This student made history by being England’s first ever Junior World Championships Medallist.
My mottos are:
WINNERS NEVER QUIT
QUITTERS NEVER WIN
LIVE THE DREAM