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Peter Dennis

Peter DennisI started Karate in 1967 under the tutelage of Sensei Dickie Wu a 1kyu BKK exponent, an association brought to this country by Shihan Steve Arneil under the patronage of the legendary Hanshi Masutatsu Oyama.

I trained in Kyokushinkai until I received my 1st Dan under Shihan Arneil in 1971, also winning the BKK Nationals for that year.

In 1969 I met my mentor, David ‘Ticky’ Donovan,OBE he was then a 2nd Dan Kyokushinkai exponent, Ticky then formed his own Karate association, Ishinryu (of-all-one-heart) and with his insightful tuition became one of the leading competition styles of the 70s/80s/& 90 s turning out many competition champions Male and Female .

I stayed with Shihan Donovan until reaching my 6th Dan in 1991, along the way, I had captained the Ishinryu National team for a number of years and I had won many domestic and International honours.

I went on to represent England many times in International Karate competition, including 5 European (EUK) all styles championships and then Great Britain in the 1977 World Karate Federation (WKF) World Champs in Tokyo, Japan.

It has been my privilege to have opened successful Ishinryu Dojo s in Basildon, Essex and St. Helier, Jersey C.I.

Among my International achievements I have managed and coached the English all styles under 21 squad, and even the full England squad on occasion.

I was manager/coach of the Jersey National team (JAKA) that came 3rd in the team event at the 1985 Commonwealth karate games in Guernsey.

I was appointed team manager along with coach Paul Campbell for the Federation of English Karate Organization team that represented their English members in the 2001 3rd World Karate Confederation (WKC) Championships in Dundee Scotland.

Being one of the original members of the EKF board of 2007, I founded the ‘Senshinryu Karate Association’ in 1995, I also have the honour to be one of only a handful of 9th Dans registered with the EKF.

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