Exeter Shotokan Karate Club’s Instructors

Senior Instructor – Sensei John Penman – 5th Dan Black Belt

John started his training in karate at the Exeter club in the late 1970’s. At 11 years of age, he began training with Sensei Dave Collacott, the original founder of the club. After gaining his 1st Dan black belt in 1982 and successfully competing in competitions around the country, John was invited to join the national junior squad which took him to the world famous Liverpool Red Triangle club to take part in the famously gruelling KUGB squad training sessions, training alongside KUGB legends such as Sensei Frank Brennan, Ronnie Christopher, Elwyn Hall and George Best to name just a few.

Having achieved his 5th Dan in 2012 and competed, judged and refereed at a national level, John continues to teach as the senior instructor at the Exeter karate club.


Sensei Nicholas Strong – 1st Dan Black Belt

Nick StrongNick has been training in karate in Exeter for more than 30 years.As a long-standing teacher and member of the karate community in Exeter, Nick started training with the club’s founder Dave Collacott and progressed into teaching karate himself.

Nick usually teaches the Thursday evening lesson at Exeter Karate Club, where he takes a no-nonsense approach to teaching traditional karate.





Sensei Sean Greenslade – 1st Dan Black Belt

External Grading Examiners

Grading is the process of being tested for your next belt colour, representing an increase in the stage of learning karate. These are not carried out by your own instructor. Instead, a senior examiner from the Karate Union of Great Britain examines the students in a formal grading.Exeter Shotokan Karate Club is lucky enough to be regularly visited by the chief instructor of the KUGB who carries out the grading examination of our students.

Andy Sherry (9th dan)

Andy SherrySensei Andy Sherry has more than 40 years experience of training in karate and was the first British person ever to be awarded a black belt in shotokan karate. Mr Sherry has won a huge variety of titles in karate competition, including European and British championships.He is the chief instructor and chairman of the KUGB and coaches the hugely successful KUGB karate team who have been world champions on multiple occasions.