SJK Shotokan Karate was established in Enfield in 1978 by martial arts husband and wife team, David and Lilian Alleyn (Unfortunately Lilian passed away in 2013). They both taught the martial art of shotokan karate and self defence all over England and the UK for well over 30 years and are both professional Martial Arts teachers. Many martial arts clubs in UK and abroad are run by their old students.
Both David and Lilian graded and studied Shotokan Karate and Self Defence under the top Shotokan Japanese Martial Arts Masters: Kanazawa Sensei,(Probably the best karate master alive today) Asano Sensei, Enoeda Sensei, Kato Sensei, Kawasoe Sensei, Kase Sensei, Ohta Sensei and K. Funakoshi, Sensei.
They now have two Enfield Karate Classes, Edmonton Karate Dojo, North London Shotokan Karate Clubs.
With training for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced students. Over 20 Black Belt Students and Instructors train at their Enfield based Schools and Clubs
Shihan David is the Enfield/North London SJK Karate Chief Instructor – 7th Dan Master of Karate (Teacher of Teachers) He is Qualified Referee and holds Dip. Sports Psychology from Newcastle College. Shihan David also holds a Black belt in Ju Jitsu ,Lilian was a 4th Dan Shotokan Karate Sensei (Teacher) but has now sadly passed away.
Christine Alleyn 5th Dan Shotokan Karate Sensei
Sensei Christine daughter of David & Lilian started karate with her parents at the age of 9yrs. Christine also graded and studied Shotokan Karate and Self Defence under the top Shotokan Japanese Martial Arts Masters: Kanazawa Sensei,(Probably the best karate master alive today) Asano Sensei, Enoeda Sensei, Kato Sensei, Kawasoe Sensei, Kase Sensei, Ohta Sensei and K. Funakoshi, Sensei. Having gained her black belt as a teenager Christine taught for SJK until she had her own family. She then went on to open her own sister club BPK, but still comes back to SJK to grade their students.
Debbie Alleyn is daughter to Sensei Christine and granddaughter to Sensei David and Lilian, Debbie has trained at Sensei Christine’s club for many years and achieved her 2nd Dan in 2014. She teaches at SJK part-time and full time at BPK. she is also Bpk’s administrator.
The following shows the minimum period of time it takes to reach the various different Dan levels including Shihan David’s level of 7th Dan:
3 years to reach Black Belt 1st Dan (After 3years)
2 more years to reach 2nd Dan (After 5years)
3 more years to reach 3rd Dan (After 8years)
4 more years to reach 4th Dan (After 12years)
5 more years to reach 5th Dan (After 17years)
6 more years to reach 6th Dan (After 23years)
7 more years to reach 7th Dan (After 30years)
At least 30 years of training and teaching are required to reach the grade of 7th Dan. This means Sensei David has been awarded Seven Blacks in Karate and one in Ju Jitsu making a total of eight Black belts. (or 8 Dan gradings)
Rest of the SJK Team:-
Carol and Ray are a couple who have been dedicated to SJK and also teach the Thursday & Saturday classes.
Ray is a 3rd Dan Black Belt and has been teaching for many many years for the School of Japanese Karate. Although he follows Sensei David’s strict Shotokan style he also adds his own interesting variations to the classes.
Carol is a 2nd Dan Black Belt and had a period of time off to bring up her daughter but returned to assist Sensei David with admin.
Andy Is relatively new to SJK as part of the teaching team, he has trained with SJK for a few years and has achieved his black belt with us too. He is DBS checked and is an insured instructor, he derives great satisfaction from, and is dedicated to helping both adults and children reach their full potential.