Sensei John Gardiner is the chief instructor of Southend and Chelmsford Ishinryu Karate, and is a current member of the England Karate Team with numerous titles to his name. He has competed all over Europe and represented England in an invitational championship in Qatar, 2012.
John began his Karate training in Shotokan, achieving his 1st Dan Black Belt in 2004, before moving to Ishinryu in 2005. This is where he was awarded his 3rd Dan (bypassing 2nd Dan) by Sensei Ticky Donovan OBE 9th Dan in 2010.

  • Multiple English National Champion
  • Multiple British National Champion
  • Portugal International Open Champion
  • European Grand Prix Winner
  • Austrian Grand Prix Winner
  • 3 x Irish Open Champion
  • FSKA World Shotokan Champion
  • Ishinryu Senior Kata Champion

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  • St Peters Church Hall

    Eastbourne Grove,
    SS0 0QF
    Saturdays: 11:00-12:00
    Thursdays: 17:00-18:00

  • Sawyer's Gym

    Anglia Ruskin University

    Hoffman’s Way,
    CM1 1GU
    Tuesdays: 19:00-20:30