Julie and Peter share the instructor duties at Kyomeikai Karate each bringing their own experience and style. Between them they have many years of experience across a range of martial arts and across numerous Shotokan associations. They also have a vast array of tournament trophies between them having tasted success at National, European and World level. They still occasionally compete but it is not their main focus.
The instructors continually strive to improve their skills and techniques – training every day and by regularly attending training courses and seminars across the world. They have attended courses with many well known instructors including Senseis Kanazawa, Kawasoe, Trimble, Hazard, Naito, Mori, Bertel, to name a few. An annual highlight of their training program is the SKI Belgium Summercamp which they have attended for many years, taking a group from UK. In 2013 they travelled to Japan and spent a month training in Japan in the SKIF Honbu dojo. They trained daily with Senseis Kanazawa (Soke, Kancho, Daizo, Fumitoshi), Suzuki, Tanaka and Wakisaka.
Kobujutsu - In addition to karate, Peter and Julie also train in kobujutsu (weapons) with Sensei Julian Mead 6th dan. Sensei Mead is the Chief Instructor and Founder of the Ryukyu Kobujutsu Association of Great Britain (RKAGB) - with direct links back to Japan and his instructor Sensei Motokatsu Inoue - with whom Sensei Mead lived and trained for 6 years . The study of weapons links hand in hand with the empty hand style of karate. For us discovering those links is part of the journey. The study of kobujutsu is a long and challenging journey - the study includes Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Nunchaku, Kama, and Tekko. More information can be found on the association website www.rkagb.com
Juliestarted training in 1982 with the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), well know for their hard training, grading to 3rd Kyu. She later moved to the newly formed South of England Karate Union (SEKU), as it was then known, training under renowned instructors, Senseis Mick Dewey (8th dan), Dave Hazard (7th dan) and Mervyn O'Donnell (7th dan). She graded to Shodan in 1990, Nidan in 2008, Sandan in 2012 and most recently Yondan with Kancho Kanazawa in 2015.
SEKU is well known on the International Competition circuit, which led Julie to compete and National, European and World level for many years, culminating in winning World titles in both Kumite and Kata. She is also an experienced instructor having taught at the Crofton Shotokan School of Karate under Sensei Alan Lewis 5th dan (with whom she has trained since 1987).
Peterfirst started karate in 1993 in Australia before exploring other martial arts including Judo and Zen Do Kai gaining his black belt in the latter in 1995. Later, in England he studied Wing Chun for two years before eventually returning to Shotokan Karate in 2009. Starting again at white belt he retook his kyu gradings with SKKIF under Soke (Hirokazu) Kanazawa and Kancho (Nobuaki) Kanazawa. Alongside SKKIF he was also a member of Tora Karate Academy for many years (a Shotokan club founded by Michael "Sandy" Beach with its roots in JKA). This dual association link led him to taking two Shodan (1st Dan) gradings in the space of one week. He graded to Nidan (2nd Dan) with Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa in 2014 and most recently Sandan (3rd dan) in 2017.
Peter has had competition success, with National titles in kumite and kata. However his focus is more on the technical aspects of karate. This focus sees him constantly researching and studying movement and technique, resulting in clearer ways to teach these aspects in class.