MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
SENSEI - "The meaning of sensei is “one that comes before another. It is a term of honor usually used for one who teaches."
SENSEI CHRIS MULVILLE
Sensei Chris Mulville started training under Sensei Georges Dussart (5th Dan) at Canterbury Christ Church College SKC in 1994. After a short break in training, when he first started primary school teaching, he returned to Canterbury and achieved his shodan (1st dan black belt) in 2002. He instructed regularly at the club, overseeing student successes in gradings and competitions. He is a qualified Judge, but feels he isn't quite ready to retire from competition just yet.
Sensei Chris has taken the opportunity to train with many highly regarded senseis. From his early training under Sensei Enoeda, Sensei Ohta and Sensei Naylor, to more recent training under Senseis Brennan, Poynton, Rhodes, Higgins and O'Neill.
"Karate is something that has become integral to my life. I am very proud to be a member of the KUGB. The quality of the karate is amazing."
Sensei Chris has competed at local and national level within the KUGB, achieving runner-up in Veteran Kumite in 2016, reaching the last eight in kata at the southern region championships twice, and winning bronze in the team kumite at the Essex trophy in 1997. He has also competed outside the KUGB, as a guest of a small association in the south-east, winning both the male senior kata category and senior male kumite categories.
SENSEI DAVE THOMSON
Sensei Dave started training at a non-KUGB club in Maidstone, working hard to achieve his black belt. When the club disbanded, Dave and fellow first dans started their own club, Pheonix Karate Club, at the primary school where Sensei Chris was working.
When Sensei Chris visited them for some extra training, Dave was impressed with the quality of his karate. He was present at the very first session of Shiseikan SKC in September 2009, and after a time continuing with his own club, has also joined the KUGB to further his training.
When Pheonix was merged with Shiseikan, Dave stayed on to continue training and instructing. If Sensei Dave's running the session, you can expect a real cardio workout!
Shiseikan offers its students the opportunity to train under Shotokan NAtion's instructor program. This program is available to black belts over the age of 18 and is assessed by a Shotokan Connect assessor. This is great for dan grade karateka to further increase their knowledge and technique in both their training abilities and their personal karate.
An 'assistant' instructor program is also available to 3rd Kyu and higher students.
The picture shows 2nd Dan Lauren Ahluwalia working towards her instructor qualification.
The 'Young Leader' program allows students between the ages of 12 and 17 and who are 3rd Kyu and above to train towards their bronze, silver and gold awards. This is a great way for younger students to be ready to move towards to full instructor qualification when they reach 18yrs. A young leader assists the club sensei by instructing lower grade karateka in different aspects of training. This is a great program for building confidence and character in our younger students.
The picture shows 1st Dan Kristian Downes receiving his bronze Young Leader award from Sensei Robert Rhodes (8th Dan).