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.
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
About Sensei Started
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.
carried on training with Roy for many years until he
retired , then sortly after his retirement Roy sadly past
away on 29th August 2013.
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.
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
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.
loyalty with the Shukokai Karate Union, began in 1976 earning
him a life time membership with a 20 year red
licence in June 2010. During
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.
proudest moments from teaching, are with his daughter Jade
gaining 2nd degree & son Jordan 4th degree
black belt status.
Also his grandson Lennon, receiving his 1st degree black
belt diploma at the age of ten 25/11/18.
Lennon is now training for his 2nd
As well as being a full time professional instructor teaching at four
dojo's, sensei holds numerous prominent positions.
Senior Instructor - Hachidan 8th degree
EKGB registered instructor 2004
Senior grading officer -
Member of the black belt grading panel
Senior Instructor on black & brown belt also instructor courses
Self defence / self awareness instructor
Enchanced level DBS taken - Emergency first aid trained
Level 5 instructor assessor
SKU member with 44 years service
Senior tatami kumite & kata referee, EKB
senior kumite referee
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.
Dave has now formed his own indepentant karate group after the SKU and
Sensei Stan Knighton 10th Dan have
decided to go their own ways.
Truly a remarkable accomplishment