Chief Instructor Profile

Sensei Richard Hang Hong

4th Dan Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwakai

4th Dan JKF Goju Kai

Silver Level 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

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 Leo Lipinski & Seiwakai

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

DBS 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

2017 – Qualified as Silver Level 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 as well as head coach to the SRK National Squad.

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