Our Team


Christine Alleyn 6th Dan Shotokan Karate Sensei

Sensei Christine daughter of David & Lilian started karate with her parents at the age of 9 years. Christine graded and studied Shotokan Karate and Self Defence under the top Shotokan Japanese Martial Arts Masters: Kanazawa Sensei, (Probably the best karate master ever) 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 Black Panther Karate. Unfortunately due to the passing away of both Shihan David 7th Dan 2019 & Sensei Lilian in 2013, Sensei Christine is now the Proprietor of Black Panther School of Japanese Karate.

Sensei Christine attends and judges all the Club gradings. 

The following shows the minimum period of time it takes to reach the various different Dan levels including the late Shihan David’s level of 7th Dan:

     3 years to reach Black Belt 1st Dan (After 3 years)

     2 more years to reach 2nd Dan       (After 5 years)

     3 more years to reach 3rd Dan        (After 8 years)

     4 more years to reach 4th Dan        (After 12 years)

     5 more years to reach 5th Dan        (After 17 years)

     6 more years to reach 6th Dan        (After 23 years)

     7 more years to reach 7th Dan        (After 30 years)

At least 30 years of training and teaching are required to reach the grade of 7th  DanThis 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 Team:-

Sensei Debbie (2nd Dan)
Debbie has been the main Instructor for the club for many years now having learnt all her skills from her mum, Sensei Christine. She teach most classes so you will see her face everywhere! 
She also does a lot of the paperwork side of things and you can typically catch her in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  
She has a clean enhanced DBS, is Insured and has skills with children of all ages, adults and those with disabilities.

Sensei Zina (2nd Dan)


Zina has been with SJK for many years and recently achieved her Nidan grade (2nd Dan), Zina helps teach both Saturday and some Sundays. Zina is also very dedicated and can be relied on to help bring out the best in both adults and children.

Sensei Nick (1st Dan)

Nick has been teaching for  SJK for a couple of years and is a vital 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.

SJK Shotokan Karate was established in Enfield in 1978 by martial arts husband and wife team, David and Lilian Alleyn (Unfortunately both David & Lilian have now passed away).

They both taught the martial art of shotokan karate and self defence all over England and the UK for well over 30 years and were 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) (who died 1 month and 3 days after Shihan David), Asano Sensei, Enoeda Sensei, Kato Sensei, Kawasoe Sensei, Kase Sensei, Ohta Sensei and K Funakoshi Sensei.

BPK/SJK now have Enfield,  Southgate, Cockfosters, Potters Bar & Brookmans Park Karate Classes & North London Shotokan Karate Clubs.
With training for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced students. Over 20 Black Belt Students and Instructors train at their Schools and Clubs. All instructors have been DBS checked and are fully insured.

Shihan David passed away in November 2019 but was the Enfield/North London SJK Karate Chief Instructor – 7th Dan Master of Karate (Teacher of Teachers) He was a Qualified Referee and held Dip. Sports Psychology from Newcastle College. Shihan David also held a Black belt in Ju Jitsu, Lilian was a 4th Dan Shotokan Karate Sensei (Teacher) sadly passed away in November 2013.