The technical committee and instructors at ABWK have many years experience with karate and this is shown during every training session. They will endeavor to make every session enjoyable, technical and balanced for all levels from beginner to black belt. The are all very friendly and approachable so if you have any questions they are enthusiastic when answering.
Leo McDermott – 6th Dan JKF Wadokai
Dan grade history Shodan. 1977 with England Karate Do-Wado-Kai. Walter Seaton Sensei 7th Dan.
Nidan. 1979. EKW. Seaton Sensei.
Sandan. 1982. EKW. Seaton Sensei.
Yondan. 1990. EKW Seaton Sensei.
Godan. 2007. JKF Wado-Kai. (Confirmation Grading) Shingo Ohgami Sensei 8th Dan JKF Wado Kai.
Rokudan. 2014. JKF Wadokai – Tokyo, Japan.
2nd Kyu Kata Referee Licence JKF 2013.
3rd Kyu Instructor Licence – JKF 2013.
3rd Kyu Examiner Licence – JKF 2014.
2nd Kyu Instructor Licence – JKF 2015. Tokyo, Japan.
2nd Kyu Examiner Licence – JKF 2015.
John Stephenson – 6th Dan JKF Wadokai
General Secretary, Instructor
I started my formal training at Billingham Karate Club in September 1979 under Ian Hales and Keith Howard being part of England Karate Do-Wado-Kai under the leadership of Walter Seaton Sensei 7th Dan.
I was privileged enough to be made both a National Coach and Chief Coaching Officer for the EKW and greatly enjoyed these roles over the years.
After receiving an invitation to train with the ABWK at Bannatynes in Ingleby Barwick I found that I greatly enjoyed not only the excellent Wado training and teaching but the friendliness of the students who welcomed me with open arms.
Dan grade history
1st Dan 1983 with England Karate Do-Wado-Kai. Walter Seaton Sensei 7th Dan.
2nd Dan 1985 with England Karate Do-Wado-Kai. Seaton Sensei
3rd Dan 1989 with England Karate Do-Wado-Kai. Seaton Sensei
4th Dan 1994 with England Karate Do-Wado-Kai. Seaton Sensei
5th Dan 2001 with England Karate Do-Wado-Kai.
6th Dan 2010 with England Karate Do-Wado-Kai.
England Karate Do-Wado-Kai National Coach.
England Karate Do-Wado-Kai Chief Coaching Officer.
1st Dan JKF Wadokai with Tamaki Sonoda 7th Dan.
2nd Dan JKF Wadokai with Koichi Shimura 7th Dan.
3rd Dan JKF Wadokai with ABWK Technical Committee and Hideo Takagi.
4th Dan JKF Wadokai with Hideo Takagi and Tamaki Sonoda.
5th Dan JKF Wadokai with Hideo Takagi and Tamaki Sonoda.
3rd kyu Instructor Licence. JKF 2015, Tokyo, Japan.
2nd kyu Instructor Licence. JKF 2017, Tokyo, Japan.
Graham Chilton – 5th Dan JKF Wadokai
I began training September 1975 with Sensei Walter Seaton, over the years I have trained with many great instructors past and present and I am forever striving to improve.
Dan grade history
1st Dan in 1982 with Sensei Walter Seaton EKW
2nd Dan in 1992 with Sensei Walter Seaton EKW
3rd Dan with the WKF
4th Dan with the WKF
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Dan Confirmation Grades with Sensei Shingo Ohgami JKF Sweden
5th Dan with Sensei Shingo Ohgami JKF Sweden
I have been an Instructor for many years now teaching at various clubs starting with Teesside Polytechnic in 1980. I also had a junior club within Billingham Forum for over 10 years and saw many students obtain their Dan Grades.
I am founder member of the WKF which has now become All Britain Wado Kai.
I have constantly trained for almost 40 years now and I shall continue to do so with dedication, commitment and loyalty to Karate and the A.B.W.K.
Alex Hodgson – 5th Dan JKF Wadokai
Alex began his karate journey one Tuesday night in 2000 as a shy young boy. Little did he know that something he started to try and build up his self esteem would become a life long passion.
Over the years Alex has trained with many Japanese instructors in an attempt to improve his technique and also competed at the British National Championships in 2004.
He will mostly be found at the clubs around Ingleby Barwick and his karate journey has come full circle as he now teaches in the very Tuesday night class he started in.
Dan grade history
Shodan – 2003, Leo McDermott Sensei
Shodan JKF Wadokai – 2007, Shingo Ohgami Sensei
Nidan JKF Wadokai – 2010, Shingo Ohgami Sensei
Sandan JKF Wadokai – 2012, Shingo Ohgami Sensei
Yondan JKF Wadokai – 2015, Hideho Takagi Sensei, Nagoya, Japan
3rd Kyu Instructor Licence – 2015, Nagoya, Japan
Godan JKF Wadokai – 2018, Hideho Takagi Sensei, Tokyo, Japan
Gene Buchanan – 4th Dan JKF Wadokai
Dan grade history
Shodan 1995 WKF
Nidan 1998 WKF
Sandan 2002 WKF
Sandan JKF Wadokai 2007 (Confirmation grade) Shingo Ohgami Sensei.
Yondan JKF Wadokai 2013 Hideho Takagi Sensei.
3rd kyu Instructor Licence. JKF 2017, Gifu, Japan.
Tina Harrison – 4th Dan JKF Wadokai
Tina started Wado-Kai karate in 1986 in Glossop, Derbyshire and it became the main focus of her life. She is now a JKF 4th Dan and a European 4th Dan.
Tina has enjoyed training with many Japanese instructors, representing England at international level but most of all, being part of a fantastic Wado family.
Tina formed Glossop Wado Kai in 1997. Glossop Wado Kai is a family club with over 50 members.
The emphasis at GWK is learning in a friendly atmosphere with approachable and knowledgeable instructors.
The students of GWK also enjoy attending local, national and international competitions and they are very successful.
John Nixon – 4th Dan JKF Wadokai
Vice Chair, Instructor
Dan Grade History
Shodan 1989 WIKF – Sensei T. Suzuki
Nidan 1992 WIKF – Sensei T. Suzuki
Sandan 2008 WKF – Sensei Leo McDermott
Shodan JKF Wadokai 2012 – Sensei Shingo Ohgami
Nidan JKF Wadokai 2013 – Sensei T. Sonoda
Sandan JKF Wadokai 2014 – ABWK Technical Committee with Sensei H. Takagi
Yondan JKF Wadokai 2016 – ABWK Technical Committee with Sensei T. Sonoda