Hanshi Asano – 9th Dan
Is the Chief Instructor of Shotokan Karate International (SKI) Great Britain and SKI European Federation. To this day Asano Hanshi, 9th Dan, remains one of the highest graded Karate instructors in the world. He was one of the first Japanese Instructors to bring the art of Karate-do directly from the formidable Takushoku University in Tokyo, Japan to the United Kingdom.
He was 2x all Japan Champion and is renowned for his fighting prowess, superb timing, courageous spirit and remarkable array of techniques. Asano Hanshi came to the UK in the 1960s to teach the art of Karate-do. He has coached England to World and European Championship Gold medals and is a true Japanese Master!
Mark Lewis – 5th Dan
Mark started training in 1983 with instructor Denis Scott and gained his 1st Dan in 1990. Mark attained his 4th Dan in 2011 under Hanshi Asano.
Mark has been a member of the British Squad since 2007 and has competed at World and European Championships, winning a bronze medal at the 2014 European Championships in the Masters Team Kata event and a bronze medal in Masters Team Kumite at the 2017 European Championships.
In 2015 Mark was presented with the Wilkinson Sword from Hanshi Asano for “displaying outstanding principle and precept and has contributed to the ideals of the Shotokan Karate International of Great Britain”.
Steven Lamb – 2nd Dan
Steven started training in 1977 with instructor Denis Scott and gained his first Dan in 1987. During that time he won 2 Club Junior Championships, West of Scotland Individual Kumite three times, West of Scotland Team Kumite two times and 2nd in the First Scottish Championships held in the City Hall in Perth.
Steven returned to training in 2012 with his two sons and attained his 2nd Dan in 2015 under Hanshi Asano. Upon his return he won the Masters Mens Kumite at the 35th Shiro Asano Championships in 2013 and the Masters Mens Kumite at the KWF Scotland Shotokan Cup in 2015.
Steven is also a member of the British Squad and competed at the 2014 and 2017 European Championships where he won a bronze medal in Masters Team Kumite.
Kevin Clark 7th Dan – Regional Coach