Sensei Jason Netherton

Chief Instructor & President

It was in 1981 at the age of nine that Jason was introduced to the Bukonkai Karate Club by his father. The chief instructor was the late Sensei Colin Williams 7th Dan, a highly regarded and decorated karate instructor. He trained there for ten years gaining 1st Dan black belt at the age of 15. Jason can recall being a teenager at these rigorous and demanding sessions where most of the time he would be fighting against full blown adults despite his own young age. At times this was both physically and mentally tough. However in his opinion the tough regimented lessons instilling discipline and martial attitude helped prepare him in all his training and for everyday life. It was with Bukonkai he had his 1st success in competition winning the Bukonkai National Kumite championships aged 16, which was quite a feat beating 2 of his instructors in both the quarter and semi finals, he also had success in the Team Kumite event.

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Sensei Dave Ward

Senior Instructor & Director of Applied Karate

Sensei Dave Ward is the ultimate warrior in the sense that he started Karate when he was just 8 and still competes for the England Squad today! His England career has spanned over 15 years and has given him International status! His journey though, has not been so straight forward and he brings his knowledge and experience from other disciplines to his methods of training.
Sensei has trained with many individuals and has been taught by those who are considered to be the best in the world. “It is the World Class instruction I have been fortunate to receive over the years that has helped me to become the champion and individual I am today! There are a lot of instructors out there and it is important to choose correctly! I have trained in many disciplines and I have always looked for the best in the business!”

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Sensei Damian Leonard

Senior Instructor & Club Secretary

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Sensei Ronnie Christopher

Guest Senior Dan Grading Instructor

Ronnie Christopher began his Karate training at the age of 14 and it soon became obvious to his instructors that he had something special. He lived up to their expectations by being selected to represent England and Great Britain at junior and senior level competing in numerous international competitions.

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Christina Kavakopoulou

Guest Instructor And Squad Coach

Guest Instructor for Ippon Karate Academy and CIKA England.

Christina Kavakopoulou started her journey in karate at the age of 6, in Athens ,Greece .
At this age she was also practicing ballet . She claims that ballet helped her with her coordination of the body witch is critical for karate practitioners. After one year she stopped ballet and she focused in Karate because she thought she was the warrior princess Xena.

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Rebecca Ferrer

Guest Instructor And Squad Coach

Guest Instructor for Ippon Karate Academy and CIKA England.
SKIF / Multiple International Champion.

Full biography to follow.

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Michael Dasoul

Guest Instructor And Squad Coach

Guest Instructor for Ippon Karate Academy and CIKA England.
WKF Multiple Event Champion.

Full biography to follow.

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Phill Grote

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Christine Baird

Christine first started karate as a parent watching her daughter Emma. After being persuaded by a fellow parent to give it a go instead of sitting on the sidelines, Christine wanted to exercise and get fit and learn self defence at the same time. In July 2007 she joined Hasha Karate under the instruction of Sensei George Best and Sensei Jason Netherton.

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Emma Baird

Instructor

Emma joined Hasha Karate in May 2008 at the age of 11. She was already a member of the gym doing other classes and then was persuaded to go to karate by a friend of hers. Emma joined at the Walkden Total Fitness and began to progress through her belts. Karate kept her fit and was an activity to do out of school that she enjoyed.

Emma has trained under various instructors around Britain. These are the likes of Sensi Dave Ward, Sensi George Best, Sensi Jason Netherton, Sensei John Marsh, Sensi Elwin Hall, Sensi Ronny Christopher and the late Sensi Randy Williams.

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Sensei Aveneesha Waland

Avneesha first started learning karate at the age of 9 with Ryukyu Karate, where she trained for 2 years and attained a purple belt. When hitting the age of 12, secondary school became a priority and karate stopped all together. Avneesha has always been fascinated with sports and has taken part in many sporting activities with school as well as competing for the school teams in football, hockey and cross country running. She then returned to karate after a year when signing up for Total Fitness. Training under the tuition of Sensei Jason Netherton at Hasha International Karate. She stayed as a purple belt until she learnt every single syllabus up until the belt she was at. Once achieving her brown belt, she decided to compete in competitions simply for experience and then realised this was the route of karate she wanted to go down. After training at squad sessions, black and brown belt classes and seminars, Avneesha gained her 1st Dan Black belt at the age of 15 and was graded under Sensei George Best and Sensei Jason Netherton. Recognising her potential Sensei Netherton invited her to England squad training and after proving herself against full blown adults she was successful in selection as a member of Hasha England Karate Squad.

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Pat Farnham

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Marcus Leonard

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