The usual motley crew turned up on Sunday for another SEKU instructors course. The basis of these courses is to ensure standardisation of instruction within SEKU but also to open ourselves up to new ideas from those that wish to develop beyond the usual twice a week class. Nothing wrong with that but those that step outside those times are getting something extra. Not least chatting to other instructors and exchanging thoughts.

The class ran for about 3 and a half hours with Sensei Brian Smith taking the first 90 minutes covering “kihon ippon” paying special attention to the methodology and set up so that student beginners and more experienced up to green/purple belt understand what we are looking for as examiners. Of course this simple class is always made harder with senior dan grade technicians going at it hell for leather but there were plenty of smiles too.

Sensei Frankie Hatton took the next period taking the class through “Tekki kata” all three Shodan, Nidan and Sandan which led to some amusing confusing moments when putting all three kata together with some bunkai in the mix.

The final period was taken by Sensei Dewey, consisting of Ju-ippon kumite and it’s usual difficulties. Like the first period this too was emphasised for the instructors on the teaching going forward particularly standardisation of technique but also with an element of “choice of defence” when it comes to dan grade students particularly.

Throughout the class and rest period Frankie Hatton was undergoing his 4th dan examination and was congratulated by all at the end for being successful.

As Frankie said himself to me once. “When I was at school I always wanted to be a green belt, no reason just knew someone who was. My parents couldn’t pay for lessons back then. In 1982 I started at a KUGB club at RAF Coltishall but when the 1st Kyu instructor was posted the club had no choice but to close so after about 18 months my KUGB licence remained blank. It took me another 8/9 years to get into another club and that was after a phone call to Maureen. I started the following week in Sept 1991.”


Whatever the point it is clear SEKU is founded upon good clean studied karate taught by senior, well trained and well practised karateka. Much of this comes from the source of karate at SEKU, Sensei Dewey himself. His ethos has always been to train under SEKU and if you want to test yourself elsewhere do so but remember where you came from and come home to keep yourself right. ALL the clubs in the South of England stem from Portsmouth Honbu many started by Sensei Dewey himself, a few started by his students.

If you want to start then this is the place and look no further than SEKU they all started here. So why don’t you start by drinking from the fountain and not from the puddles that splash and land around it. Look for the SEKU seal of approval and email us here at