Dan Grades


These pages are dedicated to the CKA dan grades who provide the very high standard of training at our Dojos.

6th Dan

Ashley Croft
Ashley is our Chief Instructor. He has been training in Karate for close to 28 years. He is a 6th Dan in Shotokan and also holds 4th Dan with Rick Clark’s Ao-Denkou Kai organisation.

5th Dan

Dave Davenport
Dave started training in JKA Shotokan Karate in 1979 and has not stopped for the past 38 years. In his younger days he competed at National & International level and recently returned to competition (as a veteran), coming 1st in Kumite and 3rd in Kata at the JKA England Open event in 2016. He is a 5th Dan Shotokan Instructor and teaches at the Holmer Green Dojo. Dave has trained regularly with top European & Japanese Shotokan Instructors and has completed two visits to train in Tokyo, with a third trip booked for February 2018. He does not bite (supposedly…).
Erin Thwaites
Erin has been training in karate since January 1992. She attended a beginners’ course at the Chesham Dojo where she is now one of the Instructors. She also teaches at the Aylesbury Dojo and trains regularly at the Honbu in Amersham. She attained Yondan in December 2005 & Godan in December 2010.
Tel : 01494 758079

4th Dan

Juliet Guerri
Juliet started training at a beginner in March 1998 in Denham. She reached Shodan in March 2003, Nidan in March 2005, Sandan in June 2008 and was awarded Yondan in September 2012. After teaching at the Chalfont dojo between 2003 and 2014, she now trains regularly in Holmer Green.
Brian Warner
Brian started training in Karate with the CKA in early 1991 at the age of 11, and he graded to Shodan in December 1995. He attained Nidan in June 2005, Sandan in June 2008 and was awarded Yondan in September 2012. Brian trains and teaches regularly at the Honbu dojo in Amersham and at Chesham.
Paul James
Paul started training in January 2000 at the Grammar School in Aylesbury as a beginner. He reached Shodan in December 2003. He teaches regularly at Aylesbury and Holmer Green Dojos and tries to train at the Honbu Dojo in Amersham. He attained Nidan in June 2006, Sandan in March 2010 and was awarded Yondan June 2014.

3rd Dan

Michael Thornton
Michael trained for five years in the early 1990’s with the Mushindo Kempo Association in London. After a break of ten years he started training with the CKA and attained shodan in December 2009, attained Nidan December 2011. Michael trains in Holmer Green regularly teaches at the Honbu Dojo in Amersham.
Bernard Murray
Bernard started his training in karate in Dublin in 1988 and graded to 7th kyu. After a long break, he joined CKA in October 2004 at the Denham Dojo and graded to Shodan in December 2008, He attained Nidan September 2011, and now regularly trains at the Holmer Green and Amersham dojos.

2nd Dan

Alex Bantick
Alex Ramsay
John Jackson
Ryan DeCosta
Damien Parminter

1st Dan

Steve Warren
Martin Pringle
Bob Pringle
Stewart Pringle
Kerry Clough
Sarita Murray
Ayushi Mahesh
Chris Pringle
Tanmay Mahesh
Kelsie Wright
Paul Allen
Olivier Javaud
Jonathan Parminter
Jason Guest
Aargaash Rajkumar


Craig Jones

Craig Jones
Craig has been training with the CKA since 1990. He is a 5th Dan Shotokan Karate Instructor is cross training in Judo and holds a 3rd Dan with Rick Clark’s Ao-Denkou Kai organization. He trains at the Honbu Dojo in Amersham and teaches at the Dojos of Holmer Green and the Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe.
Robin Thwaites

Robin Thwaites
Robin has been training with the CKA in Karate since 1992. He trains at the Honbu Dojo in Amersham and teaches at Aylesbury and occasionally Chesham. He also compiles and edits The Lion which is the CKA quarterly newsletter. He attained Sandan in July 2002 and Yondan in 2006.
Tel : 01494 758079
Mick Brosnan

Mick trained in Shotokan from 1990-93 reaching 2nd kyu until injury forced him to stop. He joined the CKA in 1999 training at Denham and the Honbu dojo Amersham. He attained Shodan in March 2003 and Nidan in June 2005.
Caroline Payne
Caroline started training at Denham in January 2000, reaching Shodan in September 2004 and Nidan in March 2007. Caroline teaches regularly at the Honbu Dojo in Amersham.
George Entecott

George started training as a beginner in January 2003 at the Aylesbury dojo and reached Shodan in December 2007. He attained Nidan in December 2009.
Margaret Ibison

Margaret began training with KUGB in Edinburgh in the late 1970s. After an extended break, she returned to Shotokan Karate in 2001 when she joined CKA and attained her Shodan in September 2006. Margaret attained Nidan in March 2010.
Ian Butterworth
Dominic Crehan
Brian Whittall
Laura Graham
Rocky Briggs
Rhys Madden
Nia Madden
Pauline Kerslake
Peter Heath
Richard Tudor