Who's Who

Who’s who at Portchester

Instructors at Portchester

Sensei Merv O’Donnell 8th Dan

Sensei Merv was one of the fortunate people to benefit from direct instruction from the earliest of Japanese Senseis to come to England, such as Sensei's Kanazawa, Enoeda, Asano, Ochi, Sumi,Takahashi and Tomita. Following a number of years teaching at the original Portsmouth Karate Club and a range of clubs in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area, Sensei Merv started the Portchester Club in 1982. From April 1982 until early 2016 Sensei Merv was the Secretary and a Senior grading examiner for the Shotokan of England Karate Union. Read More

The following are the main Instructors at the Portchester Karate Club. Other members help with the Instruction and their abilities to help others is much appreciated.

Faye Cappleman 5th Dan Pat O’Sullivan 5th Dan Craig Ford 4th Dan

Sensei Faye started training in 1985 and teaches all sections of the club. Read more 

Sensei Pat was the co-founder of the club in 1982 and assists with instruction of the club’s senior section. Read more

Sensei Craig is one of the clubs senior instructors and assists with instruction of the club's senior section. He also runs the Crookhorn club.

Adrian Lewis 4th Dan
 Dave Cox 2nd Dan

Sensei Adrian commenced his training in 1992 and attained his 1st Dan in 1996. With continued study he then attained his 3rd Dan in 2006 with Hanshi Asano SKIF. 4th Dan was then attained in 2016 with Rengokai karate. Sensei Adrian is a regular instructor and teaches all sections of the club.
Sensei Dave is a regular instructor with the junior section and the "parents class". He is also very active in organising and leading some of the club’s social activities. Read more




2020 Karate Lessons

All lessons are now back to normal

Wednesday at Castle Primary School. Castle St. PO16 9QQ

Children and adult lower grades: 18.45 to 19.50hr.

Senior grades: 20.05 to 21.15hr

Thursday morning at Castle St day Centre.

Senior citizens, shift workers, etc, etc. 10.00 to 11.15hr

Friday at Portchester Community School, White Hart lane.

PO16 9BD

Under 8s: 18.00 to 18.45hr.

children 8+: 18.50 to 19.50hr.

Adults: 20.05 to 21.15hr.

Saturday at Portchester Community School, White Hart lane.

All grades: 10.15 to 11.30hr

Karate Day time lessons

Daytime Karate lessons are now being held on Thursday mornings at the Castle St, Portchester,  Day Centre. For further information please ring 07713284430 or email mvodonnell@portchesterkarate.co.uk

These classes are for a range of people with varying abilities and in particular for the older and fairly active person that would like to benefit from the health aspects of practicing Karate and at the same time exercising their minds in the learning of new skills.

Existing students of Karate are also catered for in the lessons. In particular those on shift work and others that cannot get to their regular training lessons.

Further information

For the Portchester Karate Club and clubs in other areas or different training times, please email modonnell@portchesterkarate.co.uk or telephone 07713284430.

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