Shihan Pete Wright – 7th Dan Black Belt

Shihan Pete Wright began training in Martial Arts in 1988, in the style Yamaguchi Goju-Kai

Grading History:

  • 1993 Obtained 1st Dan Grade, under Sensei Ian MaGarity (5th Dan)
  • 1996 Obtained 2nd Dan Grade, European Panel, Hanshi Goshi Yamaguchi (8th Dan) + 6 IKGA Shihans
  • 1999 Obtained 3rd Dan Grade, under Sensei Mark Attfield (5th Dan)
  • 2003 Obtained 4th Dan - European Panel AMA Masters (Shihans)
  • 2008 Obtained 5th Dan Shihan - Technical Panel AMA Masters (Shihans)
  • 2014 Obtained 6th Dan Shihan- Technical Panel AMA Masters (Shihans)
  • 2021 Obtained 7th Dan Kyoshi Shihan - Technical Panel AMA Masters (Hanshi's)

Shihan Simon Weaver – 5th Dan Black Belt


Shihan Simon Weaver started training in Martial Arts in 1990, in the style Yamaguchi Goju-Kai

Grading History:

  • 1999 Obtained 1st Dan Grade,
  • 2002 Obtained 2nd Dan Grade,
  • 2007 Obtained 3rd Dan Grade, Technical Panel AMA Masters (Shihans)
  • 2012 Obtained 4th Dan – Technical Panel AMA Masters (Shihans)
  • 2018 Obtained 5th Dan - AMA Senior Upgrade
  • 2020 - Award title of Shihan - Karate Master

Shihan Bernard Mabey – 5th Dan Black Belt



Shihan Bernard Mabey started training in Martial Arts in 2000, in the style Goju-Kai

Grading History:

  • 2007 Obtained 1st Dan Grade, under Shihan Peter Wright and Sensei Simon Weaver
  • 2011 Obtained 2nd Dan Grade, under Shihan Peter Wright and Sensei Simon Weaver
  • 2014 Obtained 3rd Dan Grade, under Shihan Peter Wright and Sensei Simon Weaver
  • 2018 Obtained 4th Dan Grade, under Shihan Peter Wright and Sensei Simon Weaver
  • 2023 Obtained 5th Dan Shihan Grade, under Shihan Peter Wright and Shihan Simon Weaver


Sensei Phil Mann– 4th Dan Black Belt



I have practised karate since 1985, mostly under Sensei Pat O’Keeffe in Modka Karate Jutsu, a practical fighting style comprising elements of karate (Inshin Ryu, Wado Ryu, Goju Ryu & Kickboxing influences), Judo, Aikido, Ju-Jutsu and weapons. I gained my 1st Dan Black Belt in 1991 and achieved 2nd Dan in 1995.

Since January 2011, I have trained under Shihan Peter Wright in Goju-Kai Karate, and gained my 1st Dan in Goju-Kai in December 2012 and in 2014 I obtained my 2nd Dan Black Belt. My most recent achievement was taking my 3rd Dan Black Belt under Shihan Pete Wright.


Sensei Buster Collins- 3rd Dan Black Belt 



My earliest memory of Karate is Sensei teaching me how to bow. Back in 2007, I recall watching both Sensei Bernie and Shihan Pete teaching a 7-year old me the importance of bowing correctly. I remember the demonstration involved Sensei Bernie bowing incorrectly towards Shihan Pete and getting kicked in the face. Throughout Primary school I trained 3 times a week at my school, Friars. I also began attending Saturday sessions at the Ambleside club once I had reached 3rd Kyu, allowing me to further my ability with the help from all three Sensei, Shihan Pete, Sensei Simon and Sensei Bernie. Since secondary school I have continued to train at the Ambleside 4 days a week, and am now proud to say that I have now become the club’s second student to have reached 2nd Dan Junior.



Sensei Chris Andrews– 3rd Dan Black Belt

I started training with Sensei Pete, Simon and Bernie at the age of 16 in 2011. I achieved my first Dan in July 2014. Training with this club has been a big part of my life. I have always enjoyed karate and everything that entails, both physically and mentally, even when I'm playing the role of punch bag! The morals and attitude displayed by all Sensei and students are fantastic and mean I will be training for years to come. 


Sempai Darryl Bagley - 3rd Dan Black Belt



Sempai Steve Antonie - 2nd Dan Black Belt

My journey started in 2009 when a comment passed by Sensei Pete got me thinking, the question to him was my daughter trained with you at Friars school now she has left can she join you club at Southchurch, his response was yes of course why don't you come too bring some joggers and a t-shirt join in you may enjoy it, nearly 6 years later I was presented with my 1st Dan Black belt by Sensei's Pete & Simon. It's been a tough but enjoyable journey with 3 amazing Sensei's in Pete, Simon and Bernie to guide me every step of the way.  Shihan Pete runs a very respectable family club with a relaxed atmosphere his dedication to karate and attention to each and every student be it a white belt junior to a black belt senior is unprecedented. I am training hard for my 2nd Dan grading in the near future, I hope. 


Caven Govier- 2nd Dan Senior Black Belt


Neil Scrivener - 2nd Dan Senior Black Belt



Mark Cornish- 1st Dan Senior Black Belt 


Luke Wood - 1st Dan Senior Black Belt


Max Wilson - 1st Dan Senior Black Belt


Leticia Bilby- 2nd Dan Junior Black Belt 






Callum Rawlinson- 2nd Dan Junior Black Belt

My name is Callum and I have been doing karate since 2014, when I was five years old.

My goal was to become a black belt and do many competitions, or even start teaching my own club.

I became a black belt in 2019, at the age of eleven, and I am now focusing on competing in international competitions.

I am very grateful to Sensei Pete and all the brilliant people at the club, who have helped me achieve my dream.



Emma Finnie- 2nd Dan Junior Black Belt 




Saeed Ullah- 1st Dan Junior Black Belt 

I started training in 2016 when I was age 7 at Greenways Primary school. Since that day I have been training hard and have been listening to the feedback from Sensei Pete and every other person from the club who have helped me achieve Black belt. Special thanks to Sensei Pete, Sensei Phil and Neil who helped me the most to achieve this dream.


Daniel Lench- 1st Dan Junior Black Belt  


Phoebe Mailley - 1st Dan Junior Black Belt 


Max Pond - 1st Dan Junior Black Belt 


Erin Wood- 1st Dan Junior Black Belt 


Paige Sexton- 1st Dan Junior Black Belt 


Evie Root- 1st Dan Junior Black Belt 


Cooper Knight- 1st Dan Junior Black Belt