About West Hill Kyokushinkai Karate

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Kyokushinkai Karate in Hastings

Kyokushinkai Karate started in Hastings in the early 70's. Originally there was no real instructor. Everything was done from a book! One of the original members, John Simms, had heard of a 5th dan instructor who had arrived from Japan to promote karate in Gt. Britain and had started a few clubs in London.

John contacted him and he agreed to travel to Hastings and instruct.

Hanshi Steve Arneil, 10th dan (then a 5th dan), kept his word, and for the next 14 years he gave instruction at the club on a weekly (sometimes twice weekly!) basis.

The club started at the old T.A. center in Bulverhithe, and after several venues, (including the cafe on the pier!), settled in Bexhill Youth Center, where it remains.

In 1980, Jim Elvery, a newly promoted 1st dan, and John Simms, now a 2nd dan, started a separate junior club in Hastings. Both the Bexhill seniors and Hastings juniors had enormous success during the next few years, competeing in, and winning, numerous competitions.

West Hill Kyokushinkai

The West Hill Kyokushinkai was started in 1991 by Jim Elvery. This was mainly in response to a demand for a Hastings based club and to overcome the problems faced by juniors trying to travel to Bexhill, when they became 16.

The West Hill Karate Kyokushinkai Club remains one of the strongest clubs in Gt. Britain. It is still closely linked to the club in Bexhill. Students are encouraged to train at both clubs making it possible to train up to 4+ times a week!

In 2003 Jim Elvery retired from teaching. The club is now run by Senpai John Smith (2nd Dan), Senpai Mark Blackford (2nd Dan) and Senpai Leeann Lee (2nd Dan).

British Karate Kyokushinkai

Since the foundation of the British Karate Kyokushinkai in 1965 we have seen a steady progression in both size and ability of one of the most respected Karate Organisations in Britain. One major reason for this progression lies in the personality and drive of it's Chief Instructor Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th Dan). His depth of knowledge and tireless efforts have developed the unity of the British Karate Kyokushinkai.

Hanshi Arneil spent many years travelling the world, his journey culminating in Japan where he spent many years expanding his knowledge of the Martial Arts. He was also very instrumental in the British Karate scene in the 1970's - where amongst other things he was coach of the successful British Squad that defeated Japan at the World Tournament.

Kyokushin Karate started in London when Steve Arneil and Bob Boulton returned to Great Britain after four years of study at the Kyokushinkai Honbu in Tokyo. The first Kyokushinkai Dojo was the London Karate Kai and this club was soon to become the premier club of Great Britain. In 1965 they founded the British Karate Kyokushinkai.

Within two years the British Karate Kyokushinkai had over 17 students who had qualified as British International Representatives. Steve Arneil became the British and English Team Manager/Coach and when the British Karate Team won the World Championship (the first country outside Japan to do so), he won the award for the World's Best Coach.

The British Karate Kyokushinkai is a founder member of the International Federation of Karate and through this organisation will continue to take part in world events with like minded Kyokushin Karateka.

The British Karate Kyokushinkai is also a founder member of the English Karate Governing Body.

The Grading Syllabus is one of the world's most comprehensive and is administered and controlled in Britain by a highly qualified Board of Examiners.

Karate is both an art and philosophy, because each person has a different personality, this reflects itself in their interpretation.Therefore. karate masters founded their own schools, teaching their style or ryu.

Kyokushinkai is the name given to our style.

International Federation of Karate

The International Federation of Karate was established in 1992 by Hanshi Steve Arneil and has branches throughout the world. Its purpose is to promote Karate on an international basis whilst still maintaining the individual countries own ideals, independence and philosophy.

The International Federation's badge has as its central symbol a rising wave. This symbol is taken from Saiha Kata.

This wave symbolises the fact that no matter how great a task or problem before you - with determination and perseverence you can rise and overcome all obstacles.