All our club instructors are required to:

Undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.

Under go formal training in:

    1. Coaching skills.
    2. Health and safety.
    3. Equality and diversity.
    4. First Aid, sport health and exercise science.
    5. Safegurading of children and vulnerable adults.

Just click on the name of an instructor to find out more.

Professor Mohi Chowdhury - Chief Instructor

Mohi has been training in martial arts for approximately 30 years. The gorei (instruction) he has received spans the following arts:

  • Karate-Do
  • Kobudo (Bo, Jo, Tanto, Bokken/Bokuto, Katana)
  • Wing Chun Kung Fu
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Kali Escrima
  • Tai Chi
  • Aikido


He humbly and gratefully acknowledges the teaching he has kindly received from the following Masters:

Stephen McGlinchey Sensei: a practitioner for more than 40 years standing who was awarded his black belt in 1972 by Harada Sensei himself, the Head of Karate-do Shotokai International and currently a 5th Dan Shotokai Karateka. McGlinchey Sensei is now the Senior Coach of Glasgow Karate-do Shoto Association.

William ('Billy') Haggerty Sensei: a former Karate-do Shotokai (KDS) 5th Dan and Examiner under Harada Sensei. Haggerty Sensei then left in 1987 to form the Shoto Budo. He currently holds the rank of 5th Dan (5th Meijin) in Shoto Budo.

Mitsusuke Harada Sensei: a practitioner of over 60 years standing. Harada Sensei was awarded his 5th Dan in 1956 directly by Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), commonly reputed as the "founder of modern karate-do", and has also trained with notable karateka such as Master Shigeru Egami (Master Funakoshi's successor as Head of the Japanese Shotokai, 1912-1981) and Master Genshin Hironishi (Master Egami's successor, 1913-1999). Harada Sensei is currently recognised as the Head of Karate-Do Shotokai (International) for the world (the international wing of the Nihon Karate-do Shotokai, ie. the original Japanese Shotokai body established by the founder of Shotokai Karate-do).

Masashi Minagawa Sensei: a 5th Dan and Examiner under Aoki Sensei (who was the former senior assistant to Egami Sensei). He was a member of the former Rakutenkai. Minagawa Sensei is now the Master Instructor of Shintaido for the United Kingdom.

Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868 - 1957)
O'Sensei (5th Dan)
Founder of the Japanese Shotokai Body
Directly trained and awarded ranks to:

Mitsusuke Harada (1928 - present)
5th Dan Shotokai Practitioner of nearly 70 years
UK representative of Nihon Karate-do Shotokai (Japan)
Directly trained and awarded ranks to:

Stephen McGlinchey (1955 - present)
5th Dan Shotokai Practitioner for 40-50 years
Student of Harada Sensei for 20-30 years
Directly trained and awarded ranks to:

Mohi Chowdhury
5th Dan Shotokai Practitioner for approximately 30 years
Student of McGlinchey Sensei for 20-30 years

Mohi Chowdhury has taught for many years both children's and adult's classes alike in Glasgow, under the guidance of Stephen McGlinchey Sensei. On moving to London, and with McGlinchey Sensei's kind permission, Mohi Chowdhury had subsequently launched the London Karate-do Shoto Association in 2004, incorporating both a children's karate club and adult classes. He holds the rank of 5th Dan, the highest grade possible in the Martial Arts of Shotokai Karate-do and Kobudo.

Mr Chakir El Hajame - Instructor (2nd Dan Black Belt)


Chakir is a bubbly gentleman who is one of the lead instructors for London Karate-do Shoto Association, on a day-to-day basis. Having started training on 24 January 2008, he has 8+ years experience 'under his belt'.


This is what Dr Chowdhury, the Founder of the London Karate-do Shoto Association, has to say about Chakir:


"Chakir is much loved and respected by all who know him - children and adults alike. Although he does not like the limelight, when he does speak his wisdom and guidance is always a great blessing to those in the London club. Chakir has given continuity to this club, throughout its many changes over the past 8-9 years. Chakir's budo is exemplary and a shining example to all the karate practitioners within the London club."



Mr David Godfrey - Instructor (1st Dan Black Belt)

David is the other lead instructor for the London club, on a day-to-day basis. His passion for the Art of Karate-do is borne out in his teaching and desire to nurture the student body. Having commenced his training on 10 January 2005, David also has many years of experience of the Art. On 31 October 2010, David had the distinct honour of becoming the first person to have started from white belt and earned his black belt (in one continuous stream of practice) from the London club, since the club was first launched in September 2004. He took a short break from practice for family reasons and returned to the club in 2016, to support Chakir in the day-to-day teaching of the club.


This is what Dr Chowdhury, the Founder of the London Karate-do Shoto Association, has to say about David:


"David is an inspirational teacher who gives life to the heart of the club. He values the club for what it is - a warm, friendly atmosphere where the community can come together in mutual respect and collaboration. It is his desire to ensure that this valuable contribution the club makes to the community continues, that has brought him back to teaching in the club. David's return to practice is not only welcome but the infusion of energy and dynamism he brings is greatly needed. Thank you, David."


Miss Claudia Avellone - Instructor (1st Dan Black Belt)


Having been awarded her black belt on 22 May 2016 at an international course in Plauen (Germany), Claudia is the latest addition to the instructor body of the London club. She has earned this role of honour through diligent practice, toil and sweat over 6-7 years since starting training on 26 October 2009.


This is what Dr Chowdhury, the Founder of the London Karate-do Shoto Association, has to say about Claudia:


"Claudia brings maturity and insight to the club and puts its members' needs before her own. She is warm and kind to all those who are junior to her, and respectful to all those who are senior to her. These very aspects of her nature have made me recognise her as the natural choice to be Vice-Chair of the London club, functioning as its guardian on a day-to-day basis in my absence. Although karate-do is an Art that is often dominated by males in many clubs, Claudia inspires the females of the club and shows them what is possible through hard work and commitment. Her budo is impeccable and, for all the years I have observed her conduct, it is beyond reproach. It is therefore a great privilege to have Claudia at the helm of the club management, in my absence."

Mr Ramzy El Huraiby - Assistant Instructor (2nd Kyu)

Ramzy started practising karate at LKDSA on 4 March 2011 and now assists the instructors for the children's classes in London.


This is what Dr Chowdhury, the Founder of the London Karate-do Shoto Association, has to say about Ramzy:


"Ramzy has been passionate about training and this reflects in how he engages with both the children and his peers. He is a wonderful ambassador for the Art and the club greatly benefits from his zeal and energy."

Miss Melodie Hyams - Assistant Instructor (2nd Kyu)

Melodie started practising karate at LKDSA on 6 July 2011 and now assists the instructors for the adult classes in London.


This is what Dr Chowdhury, the Founder of the London Karate-do Shoto Association, has to say about Melodie:


"It has been a real pleasure to see Melodie grow and develop, both as a practitioner and as a person over the past 5 years. She is very methodical and organised, bringing a sense of structure and order to chaos. She, too, is kind and supportive towards all in the club. These qualities make her a natural choice to guide the club administration. She therefore currently holds the position of Interim Club Secretary."