Sensei Ivor Garner 6th Dan - Chief Instructor
"I started karate with Norwich Karate Club in 1973 at the age of 15. The club was associated to Shotokan Karate International (SKI). The chief instructors at this time were Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa, 7th Dan and Sensei Shiro Asano, 6th Dan. All my Kyu grades were taken under Sensei Asano. Then on 29th August 1980, after a grueling 3 day course at Nottingham University, I achieved my Shodan. I then achieved my 2nd Dan on 13th November 1982 under Amateur Martial Arts Association (AMA), my 3rd Dan on 19th May 1990 under Sensei R. Rushmere 5th Dan, my 4th Dan on 26th October 1994 under AMA Executive and my 5th Dan on 14th May 2006 with NAKMAS.
I became chief instructor of Norwich Karate Club in 1980 at 1st Dan and changed the name to East Coast Shotokan Karate Club, the name that still stands to this day. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to train with many top Japanese instructors in Shotokan, and alongside Aidan Trimble, Terry O'Neil, Vince Morris, Paul Mead, and many more. I still travel throughout the UK and Europe, training and teaching alongside some of the great names in Karate today.
In September 2012, I was awarded my 6th Dan with NAKMAS in acknowledgement of my commitment and dedication to Karate and passing on my expertise to my students."
Sensei James Atkin-Wagg 4th Dan - Senior Instructor
“I began my journey in karate in 1994 at Hollies Karate Club in Ipswich under Sensei Mick De’ath (K.U.G.B). Within the KUGB I trained with many of the well known Sensei in Shotokan Karate, including Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda 9th Dan. I achieved my Black Belt in December 1999. I started my own club when I moved to Norwich, named ‘The Dragons’. Then, in 2002, I met Sensei Ivor Garner and decided to merge The Dragons with East Coast Shotokan Karate Club. I gained my 2nd Dan in April 2005 under Sensei Ivor Garner 5th Dan, and my 3rd Dan in April 2008. I am a senior instructor at East Coast Shotokan Karate Club and one of the judges on the panel at our gradings.
In September 2012, I was awarded my 4th Dan with NAKMAS in recognition of my commitment to teaching and training.”
Billy Suffling 3rd Dan - Club Secretary
“I am married with two children and three grandchildren. I started karate in 1992, training under Sensei John Causer 5th Dan, and Sensei Paul Gant 4th Dan, at the Shotokan Karate Systems Club in Norwich. I achieved my 1st Dan in 1998 under the chief examiner, Richard Rushmere 6th Dan. I was awarded my 2nd Dan in 2005 by Sensei John Causer 5th Dan, via NAKMAS (the National Association of Karate and Martial Arts Schools) for my services to karate.
Since the year 2000 I’ve been training with East Coast Shotokan Karate Club under Sensei Ivor Garner 6th Dan and Sensei James Atkin 4th Dan, where I became the club secretary in 2000 and an instructor in 2001.
On 17th November 2012 I was put though my paces with great pain and determination to achieve my 3rd Dan.”