Oxford University Karate Club


Oxford University Karate Club is fortunate in having some of the highest quality coaching in the country.

Yoshinobu Ohta (7th Dan)Yoshinobu Ohta
Our Chief Instructor is Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th Dan. Ohta Sensei is a graduate of Takushoku University and has also attended the famous Instructors Classes at JKA Headquarters in Japan. From 1982-2003 Ohta Sensei was the assistant to Keinosuke Enoeda, 9th Dan (deceased). He regularly teaches on Tuesday evenings. These classes are very popular and are a great opportunity to watch and learn top-level karate.

Spiros Ventouras (5th Dan)Spiros Ventouras
Spiros, a 5th Dan with the JKAE, is our most dedicated instructor, giving up a lot of his spare time to teach in the evenings and on Saturday. His sessions are always good fun!

Francis Mussai (4th Dan)Francis Mussai
4th Dan, JKAE.

Leon Brown (3rd Dan)Leon Brown

Leon, a 3rd Dan with the JKAE is also a prominent instructor in our sessions. He took up karate relatively late in life after 22 years as a Royal Marine and is always striving to improve his own Karate and assist others in Karate-Do.
Martyn King (4th Dan)Martyn King
Born in Oxford, Martyn has been involved in martial arts since the age of eight, and has practiced JKA Shotokan Karate for well over 30 years. He is now a 4th Dan, and holds international Instructor, Referee and Examiner qualifications. He is also currently the Central Region Representative for the JKAE. Martyn has been invited to be a guest instructor at a number of clubs in London and the South, and trains both in Oxford and Reading. He regularly referees at National and European competitions.