Sensei Ernie took his Shodan in 1978 and his 8th Dan in 2012, with an impressive list of national and international championship titles to his name. As the senior instructor of the Bournemouth Karate Academy, his enthusiasm and commitment to his students is respected and appreciated by all those that have the privilege to train with him. There are few people in the country that possess his level of martial arts knowledge or unarmed combat skills. As the EGKA Chief Instructor for England and Joint Vice Chief Instructor for the Japanese IOGKF, Sensei Ernie continues to enjoy working on an international platform to preserve and promote Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate for future generations. We are extremely lucky to have him here in Bournemouth.
Sensei Nick Burr, 6th Dan
Sensei Nick has trained with Sensei Ernie for many years and was awarded his 6th Dan in Okinawa in 2008. His attention to technical detail is legendary, as is his ability to explain and demonstrate how everything we do in formal training has a direct application in fighting techniques.
Having also trained in Judo, Sensei Nick manages to weave the elements of his expertise in this discipline into some of our regular sessions to demonstrate how Goju-Ryu techniques can be extended to many ground work techniques using different holds and locks.
Sensei Damian Gosling, 5th Dan
Sensei Damian has also trained and graded with Sensei Ernie for many years and he is the empitomy of the ‘gentle giant’ legend.
Apart from being a highly skilled instructor, Sensei Damian’s height and reach makes him an interesting opponent to test yourself against in kumite. He is also the most likely to be associated with providing the small words of encouragement we all need when our confidence fails us. The inevitable consequence of training in a dojo led by three exceptional instructors, and where the first two rows of the dojo are nearly always high ranking black belts striving for their next grade themselves.