ABOUT KEIKOBA & CHIEF INSTRUCTOR DAVE BOWLER - HACHIDAN 8th DEGREE
A brief history to a long and exceptional karate accomplishment.
Keikoba ( Place of training) : In modern Japan, Ono -ha Itto-ryu is typically practiced inside a dojo, while demostrations for the public often takes place outdoor. By contrast the Kenjutsu in the old Japan was practiced outside where footwork and the terrain demanded the exponents attention. In order to maintain the old tradition and the old style of Ono -ha- Itto ryu, Egedal Keikoba is only practiced in the open. Due to the weather conditions in the winter season, it is neither responsible nor safe to train in the open.
Hence Keikoba Karate was formed in 1981 after Sensei Dave Bowler was graded and promoted with his 1st Degre black belt diploma .Dave's professionally run clubs now offer training for beginners to advanced, for children (from 5yrs) teenagers,adults and families. Training is structured by an official Shukokai Karate Union grading syllabus, from which students learn and attain a worldwide accepted offical grading measured by a coloured belt system. Keikoba clubs have continual growth and development, and are due to expand in the near furture. About Sensei : who began training in the art of Wado Ryu in 1974, gaining 7th kyu grade. He changed his style after reading
an advert in the local paper "Learn Shukokai Karate" with a well known instructor, Sensei Roy Elden 6th Dan, and since joining he has never looked back, gaining black belt status and beyond from Roy's instruction.
Sensei carried on training with Roy for many years until he retired , then sortly after his retirement Roy sadly past away on 29th August 2013.
Throughout Sensei's training, he has been on many seminars with some of the UK's elite instructors - Ticky Donavan, Roy Stanhope, Stan Knighton, Dave Warburton, Terry Pottage, Eddie Daniels, Peter Spanton, John Smith, Shigeru Kimura, Yoshinao Nanbu 10th Dan. (Aikido):- Duncan Valintine, Chris Norburn, just to name a few.
Sensei started to take an interest in competitions, and was selected to train with the SKU squad under the guidance of Stan Knighton in the late 70's to the late 80's .He competed in many Kumites and gaining trophies in individuals and team events. After retiring from competing due to injuries, Sensei then found his next goal, to become a Kumite referee under the guidance of ex- SKU Chief Referee, Brian Smith 3rd Degree. After two years as a judge in 1982 he was proudly awarded with his SKU referee status In 1986. Sensei was selected to officiate for the English Karate Governing Board, then after judging for four years, he was promoted to Referee by the late SKU & EKGB Chief Referee Dave Warburton and his assistant Brian Hammond.
In 1992 sensei wanted to gain more knowledge within martial arts, so he joined an Aikido club run by Sensei Chris Norburn. After training for two years and gaining three grades, sensei returned back to his roots "Karate ".
With sensei's continuing commitment towards the art ,he was a finalist in the coaching section at the Evening Sentinel sports persons awards 2005, at the Moat House hotel ,Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
Sensei's loyalty with the Shukokai Karate Union, began in 1976 earning him a life time membership with a 20 year red licence. In June 2010 on the annual week's training gasshuku course in Rhodes he was presented with his Shichi dan 7th degree diploma by Sensei Stan Knighton 9th degree.
Sensei's proudest moments from teaching, are from his daughter & son , Jade and Jordan, gaining 2nd Dan & 4th degree black belt status. Also his grandson Lennon, received his 1st degree black belt diploma at the age of ten . 25/11/18 Lennon is now training for his 2nd Degree , which is due in November 2020
Jordan became kumite champion in sku open and national events when he was a young lad, he also has added Kata medals to his collection. Jordan has since gained his level 4 instructor's award.
Jade is an assistant instructor and working towards her level 2 award, she also likes to teach and coach her son Lennon in competitions. (Jade has since retired from training , due to her work commitments)
As well as being a full time professional instructor teaching at four dojo's, sensei holds numerous prominent positions within the SKU: Senior SKU Instructor hachidan 8th degree, EKGB registered instructor 2004, Senior Grading Officer Member of the black belt grading panel, Senior Instructor on area courses, Self defence / self awareness instructor, Senior tatami kumite & kata referee, EKB senior kumite referee. SKU England Squad -- European & World head coach. Executive ordinary member, General secretary, Enchanced level DBS taken, Emergency First Aid trained, level 5 instructor assessor & SKU member with 44 years service.
Sensei's latested achievements include , receiving his gold licence for 40 loyal years service & support within the SKU by Sensei Stan Knighton. 06/03/16 at the area course in Sandbach. Also Sensei Dave was promoted with his 8th Degree diploma from Sensei Stan knighton 10th degree at the instructors course. 28/04/18
Truly a remarkable accomplishment