Sensei John De Bono
Chief Instructor

Sensei John, 7th Dan (Shichidan)  NLSK Chief Instructor.

Sensei John has been involved with Karate for over 40 years and started training in 1973.

He started his karate training in Wado Ryu, at the Tonbridge Club in Kings Cross with Sensei Meiji Suzuki and then later turned his attention towards Shotokan with Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda at Marshall Street Baths dojo.

Experimenting with many styles over the years including, Kyokushinkai, Goju Ryu, Kung Fu, Jujitsu and Wing Chun, whilst all the time trying to find the style that suited him best. Back then there were very few clubs offering the sport. In 1980 he returned to Shotokan and trained with Sensei Charlie Mack in his Victoria and Hampstead dojo’s.  In 1983 he joined BASKA, with Sensei Michael Dinsdale, where he remained for over 20 years. He was also one of the founder members of the EKGB in the early 1990’s.

More recently he was a prominent member of the English Karate Federation Board of Directors and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to see that Karate got the recognition it deserved on the Olympic programme. Karate is now an Olympic sport and debus in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.

Today in the Dojo Sensei John is a very much hands on instructor, who gives each of one his students, individual attention.  This is a unique and rare quality and his beliefs are based in trying to bring out the best in every one. Apart from teaching Traditional Shotokan Karate, he also incorporates this with Sport Karate and Self Defence.

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Sensei Jane De Bono   BA Hons
Sensei Jane, 4th Dan (Yondan)  NLSK Senior Instructor.

Sensei Jane is coach and mentor to every beginner student who enters the dojo for the first time. For some this can be a daunting experience, not knowing what to expect but for others it’s an exciting sport to learn. Sensei Jane firmly believes in putting down a strong foundation within her teaching methods, so that each student works on perfecting good techniques when learning the basics. This in turn will help the student be the best they can be when they advance through to achieving their Black Belt.

Sensei Jane was late starter to the world of Karate, she sat quietly on the side lines for many years, watching her husband teach karate. Eventually Jane took the plunge and joined in with the training, since then she has never looked back. As her training progressed she soon became aware of her passion for Kata and say’s that it’s the perfect discipline for both mind and body.

Sensei Jane’s background couldn’t be further from Karate, she studied at the prestigious St. Martin’s School of Art and has a BA Hons Degree in Fashion Design.  So you could say that any form of exercise, or sports activity didn’t really feature highly on the agenda in those days, she laughs!

Cuneyt Belber, 3rd Dan (Sandan)  Assistant Instructor.

Cuneyt is a final year student at Hertfordshire University studying for a Business Degree. He spent last year living in Spain and furthering his studies, whilst learning Spanish at Valencia University. Cuneyt enjoys travelling and to gain valuable work experience, he will spend the summer in USA at Camp America working with children from all over the world.

He started karate lessons at the age of seven. Over the years he has participated in many competitions and won several individual medals, but had most of his success when he was part of the NLSK Kata Youth team, who won three gold medals in succession.

Cuneyt is a keen assistant coach and enjoys helping the beginners, he is also a mentor for some of the younger students. He achieved his Junior Shodan in 2009 and is now a 3rd Dan (Sandan).

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