Visiting Instructors

Born 15th September 1938 in Manchester, Charles Gidley began his training in karate in 1963 in Wado-ryu although he had been boxing since the age of 7.

He became an active member of the Karate Union of Great Britain and stayed with them for 22 years, having joined as a founding member in 1966. He left to form his own association in 1988, the British Shotokan Kyogi International which is affiliated through the Japan Shotokan Karate Association to Keigo Abe Sensei inTokyo,Japan.

During his period with the KUGB although he fought at association level, he has produced members of the KUGB National Squads both junior and senior, a tradition which he has continued within his own association since leaving.

He has currently many national and international champions within his association and his students took 7 Gold Medals, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze the 2006 JSKA World Championships inNew York.

A former student of Sensei Sherry and Sensei Enoeda, he was graded to 6th Dan by Sensei Yoshikazu Sumi, and his 7th Dan from Sensei Keigo Abe. He is a fellow of the International Shotokan-ryu Karate-do Shihankai who awarded him the shogo (title) kyoshi for his efforts and input in the style of Shotokan karate.

He is a qualified international referee and instructor and holds ‘A’ Class Examiner status with the Japan Shotokan Karate Association.

Stephen Chan’s grandmother was a swordswoman who participated in the conflicts of the warlord era in early 20th century China. His father studied Praying Mantis. Stephen’s first formal teacher was Karl Sargent of the New Zealand Budokan, but subsequently he trained in Britain, mainland Japan, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and in clinics around the world. Since 1983 he has studied with Roy Jerry Hobbs, Shian Toma, the late Seiki Toma and the late Seikichi Odo. He is now Vice President of Hobbs’s Sekai Dentokan.

Stephen was Chief Instructor of the University of Zambia Karate Club from 1981 to 1985, turning it into the nation’s premier club with 100 students on the floor at any one time, and National Chief Instructor for Zambian Karate in 1984 and 1985. In 1988 he became the founding Chief Instructor of the University of Kent Karate Club, again with 100 students training at each session and, with world champion Wayne Otto as player-coach, the club dominated the British university karate tournaments for nine consecutive years.   He holds the rank of 9th dan in Dentokan Karate.

Here are some video’s Stephen allowed us to record showing two Bo kata at half speed

Tokumine No Kon-sho

Tokumine No Kun

Vito Naio is a sports consultant with wide experience in international sports events. He previously held management and consulting positions with the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) in Rome. Several times Italian champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, Vito has also coached Italy’s Olympic wrestling team. He developed advanced tuition programmes for coaches and physical education teachers and helped set up the “Sport for All” project in schools in the Rome area.

Vito has organised numerous international sporting events and was a member of the CONI’s Anti-Doping Commission. As Secretary of the Italian Badminton Federation, he played a key role in promoting badminton in Italy and helping it achieve official recognition. Vito also served as Secretary of the CONI’s governing body for the Province of Rome and since 2005 has been International relations consultant for the School for Sport in Sicily and the National Sports Education Centre (CSEN).