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Stephen Marriott 4th Dan (SKIF)
2x SKKIF Team Member
(2006 & 2009 World Championships)
Senior Club Instructor & National Examiner

Yoki Geri Jodan

Stephen Marriott was born in Luton, Befordshire in 1974 and Stephen became interested in Martial Arts, particularly Karate, at a very young age.

In 1985, aged 11yrs, he joined the Traditional Association of Shotokan Karate (TASK) in Flitwick, Befordshire. This was a newly opened Dojo at the brand new Sports Centre in Flitwick. The association was headed by John van Weenen, who taught regularly at the Dojo. Other regular instructors were his wife Jane van Weenen and Derek Barnett. Guest instructors at TASK included: Bob Poyton, Mick Randall, Mick Nursey, Ticky Donovan and Sean Roberts.

In 1993, after 7yrs of hard training, Stephen took his Shodan (black belt) grading at the Hombu in Beford and passed on his first attempt. 2yrs later Stephen was awarded 2nd Dan and 3rd Dan in 1999. During this time Stephen was competing and training regularly with the EKGB squad on their open sessions. Stephen achieved good results in both Kumite and Kata competitions, including wining the TASK mens Black Belt Kumite and Kata 4yrs in a row.

Towards the end of 2004, after being a member of TASK for 19 years, Stephen decided to leave TASK and join Kanazawa Sensei's SKIF. This allowed Stephen to have greater access to the senior Japanese instructors and to expand his Karate by practising other styles including : Shindo-Jinen Ryu (Ryobu Kai) with Yamazaki Sensei and Sensei Simon Oliver; Shito-Ryu (MKD) with Shihan Minakami; Yamani-Ryu Bo-Jutsu; Nunchaku.

As per the SKKIF constitution Stephen was required to re-take his last grading and register his grade with SKIF HQ Japan. Stephen re-took his 3rd Dan grading in 2006, the examiner was Kancho Kanazawa (10th Dan). During 2006 Stephen was selected to compete in the SKIF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. During his visit to Japan Stephen also trained at Konishi Sensei's Ryobukan Dojo.

2008 saw Stephen's second visit to Japan. This time he went with Sensei Simon Oliver and a group of friends. The trip included training at Konishi Sensei's Ryobukan Dojo and several visits to the SKIF Hombu in Tokyo.

In 2009 Stephen graded to 4th Dan again with Kancho Kanazawa as the examiner. Also in 2009 Stephen was once again selected to compete for the UK Team in the 10th SKIF World Championships, Athens.

During his 25yrs+ of training Stephen has trained all over the World including Club-la-Santa (Teneriffe), Denver (Colorado), Washington (DC), Sydney (Australia), Brno (Czech Republic) and Tokyo (Japan).

Stephen teaches regularly in Flitton, Bedfordshire. He has also been a guest instructor at many other Dojo including: Kodokai (Watford), SKKIF Courses, Gasshuku (2006-2014), Terry Wittkopp's TSKR, Mark Kupsz's BSKC, Iain Tyrie's Shintai, CFTS plus self defence courses for local organisations. Stephen is already being booked up for 2014/15.

Stephen Marriott, BSc Hons


Member of:
SKKIF - Shotokan Karate Kanazawa - Ryu International Federation
SKIF - Shotokan Karate-do International Federation
ETNA - English Traditional Nunchaku Association
IRKRS - International Ryukyu Karate Research Society

 



Karate Achievements

2014
SKKIF Nationals Mens Team Kumite 3rd Yamakai Dojo
SKKIF Nationals Kata 20yrs+ Mens Dan Grade 3rd
SKKIF Nationals Kumite Senior Men 20+ Years Dan Grades 4th

2009
Yondan (4th Dan) - examiner Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa (SKIF)

England Team member, 10th SKIF World Championships, Athens
Times & Citizen Article

2008
2nd visit to Japan, 19th World Karate Championships

2007
SKIF National Examiner

2006
Sandan (3rd Dan) - examiner Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa (SKIF)
UK Team member, 9th SKIF World Championships, Tokyo

2005
Red Belt Nunchaku Kobudo (ETNA) - examiner Malcolm Phipps

2004
Kickpics Gallery feature
TASK Championships Team Kumite 2nd Cranfield University Club
TASK Championships Mens Black Belt Kumite 1st
TASK Championships Mens Black Belt Kata 1st
TASK Championships Team Kata 1st

2003
TASK Championships Team Kumite 1st Cranfield University Club
TASK Championships Mens Black Belt Kumite 1st
TASK Championships Mens Black Belt Kata 1st
TASK Championships Team Kata 1st

2002
TASK Open Day Team Kumite 1st Flitwick Club
TASK Open Day Mens Black Belt Kumite 1st
TASK Open Day Mens Black Belt Kata 1st
TASK Open Day Team Kata 1st

2001
TASK Open Day Mens Black Belt Kumite 1st
TASK Open Day Mens Black Belt Kata 1st
TASK Open Day Team Kata 1st
TASK Open Day Team Kumite 3rd

2000
TASK Open Day Mens Black Belt Kumite 1st
TASK Open Day Team Kumite 3rd

1999
Sandan (3rd Dan) - examiner J van Weenen (TASK)
TASK Open Day Team Kata 1st

1998
TASK Open Day Team Kata 1st
TASK Open Day Team Kumite 3rd

1997
TASK Open Day Mens Black Belt Kata 2nd
TASK Open Day Team Kata 3rd

1995
Nidan (2nd Dan) - examiner J van Weenen (TASK)
TASK Open Day Team Kumite 2nd

1994
TASK Open Day Team Kata 3rd

1993
Shodan (1st Dan) - examiner J van Weenen (TASK)
Club La Santa Iron-Man 2nd

1991
TASK Open Day 6th Kyu & above Mens Kumite 2nd

1990
TASK Flitwick Club Student Award

1985
Started Shotokan Karate

 




Shotokan Karate Kanazawa - Ryu International Federation
Yamakai Karate Est. 2002
Affiliated to: Shotokan Karate Kanazawa - Ryu International Federation / Shotokan Karate-do International Federation