Club Instructors

Senior Instructor: Sensei John Penman – 6th Dan KUGB 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 6th Dan in 2021 and being a fully qualified judge and referee at national level, John continues to teach as the senior instructor¬†at the Exeter Karate Club.

Sensei Matt Sinclair – 1st Dan KUGB 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 our own instructors. Instead, a senior examiner from the Karate Union of Great Britain examines the students in a formal grading. Exeter 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 thus ensuring the highest standards of karate progression.