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.                                                                           

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.                                                                                                                
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.                                                                                                                                                                  
 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. 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.                                                                                                                                

Sensei's  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 Degree .                                                                                                                                                       
      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.  

Sensei 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