Chief Instructor Profile

Richard Hang Hong Sensei

4th Dan Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai

4th Dan JKF Goju Kai

Certified Fit2Fite Instructor

 

Grading History

Shodan-Ho/1st Dan – Kenshukai (2001)

Shodan/1st Dan – Kenshukai (2002)

Nidan/2nd Dan – Kenshukai (2004)

Sandan/3rd Dan – Seitou Ryu (2007)

Sandan/3rd Dan – Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai (2011)

Sandan/3rd Dan – Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF) Goju Kai (2011)

Yondan/4th Dan – Shotokan (2012)

Yondan/4th Dan – Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai (2015)

Yondan/4th Dan – Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF) Goju Kai (2015)

Training History

1986 – Started training in Wado Ryu Karate in West Wickham, Kent

1992/3 – Briefly trained in Judo and Kung Fu at local clubs in Beckenham & Bromley, Kent

1997 – Restarted karate. Training in Go-Kan-Ryu Karate under Shihan Rod Martin

2000 – Continued training in Kenshukai Karate full time under Shihan Rod Martin

2001 – Graded to Shodan-ho (Provisional 1st Dan) in Kenshukai Karate under Shihan Rod Martin

2002 – Graded to Shodan (1st Dan) in Kenshukai Karate under Shihan Rod Martin

2003 – Promoted to Senior Regional Instructor for Essex in Kenshukai Karate

2004 – Graded to Nidan (2nd Dan) in Kenshukai Karate under Shihan Rod Martin

2005 – Began training in Iaido under the Sensei Okimitsu Fuji, Sensei Steve Boyle and the late Sensei Tom Grogen

2005 – Established Seitou Ryu Karate in Essex. Affiliated to NAKMAS

2005 – Started training with Sensei George Andrews – 7th Dan (Goju Ryu) and Sensei Steve Roberts – 6th Dan (Shotokan)

2005 – Graded to Ikkyu (1st Kyu) in Iaido under Okimitsu Fuji Sensei and Naburo Mano Sensei

2006 – Attended Shotokan karate seminars in Crawley, Surrey under Shihan Kenneth Funakoshi – 9th Dan

2007 – Graded to Sandan (3rd Dan) in Seitou Ryu Karate

2007 – Graded to Sandan (3rd Dan) in Shotokan Karate

2008 – Became a member of the Shi Kon Martial Arts Association

2009 – Attended JKF Goju Kai Masters Seminar in London under Hanshi Kesakatsu Kiyohara 8th Dan and Shihan Seiichi Fujiwara

2010 – Became a member of Seiwakai and the Japan Karate Federation (JKF) Goju Kai

2010 – Started training in Brazillian Jujitsu

2011 – Graded to Sandan (3rd Dan) in Seiwakai under Shihan Seiichi Fujiwara in Omagari, Japan

2011 – Graded to Sandan (3rd Dan) in JKF Goju Kai in Kyoto, Japan

2012 – Graded to Yondan (4th Dan) in Shotokan through Shi Kon Martial Arts Association

Continues training full time in Goju Ryu Karate under Shihan Paul Coleman, Shihan Leo Lipinski, Shihan Rod Martin & JKF Goju Kai

Continues training periodically in Shotokan Karate and Brazillian Jujitsu

2015 – Graded to Yondan (4th Dan) in Seiwakai under Hanshi Seiichi Fujiwara in Omagari, Japan

2015 – Graded to Yondan (4th Dan) in JKF Goju Kai in Beppu, Oita, Japan

 

Qualifications

CRB Checked (enhanced disclosure)

Professional Indemnity Insurance

First Aid trained & certified – St John Ambulance

2005 – Recognised Senior Instructor and Grading Examiner by NAKMAS

2006 – Level 1 Coach – City & Guilds (Classic Coaching)

2009 – Assistant Coach for the Havering Karate Squad – London Youth Games

2016 – Certified Fit2Fite Instructor

 

Recognitions

2008 – Dedication & Commitment to Martial Arts Award from Black Belt International

2008 – Instructor of the Year at the Munich Hall of Fame

2009 – Honorary Membership to Sankaku Ryu Ju-Jitsu & Martial Art Alliance at the Munich Hall of Fame

2009 – Honorary Membership to the International Police Training System at the Munich Hall of Fame

2009 – International Martial Arts Instructor of the Year at the Munich Hall of Fame

 

Competition Achievements

Richard holds numerous competition titles in kata and kumite and is a regular competitor on the tournament circuit.

Since 1998 he has won over 50 medals and championships from regional to international level, competing across the United Kingdom, Europe and Japan. At least 80% of those medals won being Gold.