BIKA British Ishinryu Karate Association

BIKA British Ishinryu Karate Association


About BIKA

About British Ishinryu Karate

Ishinryu karate was founded in 1973 when David ‘Ticky’ Donovan opened his first club at Wood Lane in Dagenham near London.  Ishinryu is a unique style that was formed using Sensei Donovan’s acquired knowledge of other karate styles including Kyokushinkai, Wado-ryu and Shotokan.

Ishinryu has a strong record in competition, both in Kumite and Kata, and has produced English, British, European, Commonwealth, and World champions.  Many of these successful students went on to open their own Ishinryu clubs.

As well as competition success Ishinryu places great emphasis on Traditional karate with basic training and the correct understanding of technique being recognised as the foundation for good karate.

Originally based in and around East London and Essex where this style still thrives, Ishinryu has spread far from these roots and is now taught across the country and around the world including clubs in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA.

Ishinryu continues to be led by Sensei Ticky Donovan O.B.E. who is currently a 10th Dan.


Ishinryu Hombu
Holy Cross Church Hall, 260 Hornchurch Road,,

RM11 1PX

Lee Smith (6th Dan), Senior Instructor
Tel: 07713 654554

Barking Abbey Ishinryu
Barking Abbey School, Sandringham Road, Barking, Essex,

IG11 9ET
Instructor: Alan Evans (4th Dan)

Tel: 07894 939657

Brentwood and Cranham Ishinryu Karate
Cranham Community Centre, 115A Marlborough Gardens, Upminster

RM14 1SR
Instructors: Alan Poole (5th Dan), Sara Hawkins (2nd Dan)
Tel: 07821 118462

Burnham-on-Crouch Ishinryu
Dengie Hundred Sports Centre, Millfields, Burnham-on-Crouch,


Instructor: Tony Dean (6th Dan)
Tel: 07889 304098

Gidea Park and Hornchurch Ishinryu
St. Michael’s Church, Main Road, Gidea Park, Romford,

Instructors: Kate Karwacinski (4th Dan), Steve Karwacinski (4th Dan),Chris Karwacinski (3rd Dan)
Tel: 07792 000431

Jersey Ishinryu Karate
Springfield School, 75 Saint Marks Road, Jersey,

Instructor: Timmy Dwane (5th Dan)

Tel: 07797 716760

Rayleigh Ishinryu
Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Rayleigh Drive, Rayleigh,


Instructor: Tony Dean (6th Dan)
Tel: 07889 304098

Woodlane Ishinryu
Harold Hill Community Centre, Gooshays Drive, Romford, Essex,


Instructors: Chris Vant (5th Dan), Chris Fennessy (4th Dan)
Tel: 07713 654554