Meet the Instructors

Welcome to the meet the instructors page. Here you can find out more about the club instructors for the Gidea Park and Hornchurch Ishinryu Karate Club.

Steve Karwacinski

4th Dan

Sensei Steve started Karate at the age of 6 at his primary school in Gidea Park, immediately taking to the martial art and starting his journey in competition karate soon after. He achieved his black belt in karate at the age of 12, and achieved his first England cap at the age of 16. Sensei Steve is known for his versatility within the different disciplines in competition karate, and has represented England at both junior and senior level in individual kata, team kata, individual kumite and team kumite.

Kate Karwacinski

4th Dan

Sensei Kate started Karate at the age of 6 at her primary school in Gidea Park, immediately taking to the martial art and starting her journey in competition karate soon after. She went on to achieve her black belt by the age of 11, and by the age of 14 had earned her first cap in the England Karate Team, representing England at the junior European Championships in Paris in 2009.

Chris Karwacinski

3rd Dan

Sensei Chris started Karate at the age of 6 at his primary school in Gidea Park, immediately taking to the martial art and starting his journey in competition karate soon after. He achieved his black belt in karate at the age of 12, and achieved his first England cap at the age of 14.
Sensei Chris has represented England in individual kata and team kata at multiple junior and senior European and World Championships.

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Sensei Steve started Karate at the age of 6 at his primary school in Gidea Park, immediately taking to the martial art and starting his journey in competition karate soon after. He achieved his black belt in karate at the age of 12, and achieved his first England cap at the age of 16. 

Sensei Steve is known for his versatility within the different disciplines in competition karate, and has represented England at both junior and senior level in individual kata, team kata, individual kumite and team kumite. He is a multiple British and English Champion, including winning the English Championships 6 times in team kata, and has previously won medals at the British University Championships for four consecutive years. Sensei Steve has won international events including the Swiss International Open, the Swedish International open and medalled at the Italian Open. 

He has represented the GB University Karate team at both European and World University Karate Championships. He achieved his 2nd Dan black belt at the age of 19, 3rd Dan at the age of 22 and has very recently had the honour of being awarded his 4th Dan black belt by the founder of Ishinryu Karate and 10th Dan Sensei Ticky Donovan. 

Away from karate, Sensei Steve is a Primary School teacher.

Sensei Kate started Karate at the age of 6 at her primary school in Gidea Park, immediately taking to the martial art and starting her journey in competition karate soon after. She went on to achieve her black belt by the age of 11, and by the age of 14 had earned her first cap in theEngland Karate Team, representing England at the junior European Championships in Paris in 2009.

Sensei Kate has gone on to represent England multiple times in both junior and senior European and World Championships, winning three Bronze medals at junior European Championships, as well as a bronze medal at the Karate1 Premier League event in Austria. She has twice reached the bronze match at the Paris Open Premier League Karate1 event, the biggest open karate championships in the world, at a time when she reached a high of 16 in the World Rankings in her Kumite category. She has won numerous international events, and is a multiple British and English Champion, including 3 x British University Champion.

Sensei Kate has also represented the GB university karate team at European and World University Championships and is the current Commonwealth Champion. She achieved her 2nd Dan black belt at the age of 19, 3rd Dan at the age of 22 and has very recently had the honour of being awarded her 4th Dan black belt by the founder of Ishinryu Karate and 10th Dan Sensei Ticky Donovan.

Away from karate, Sensei Kate has a Masters Degree in Law from Queen Mary, University of London and is currently training to be a solicitor.

Sensei Chris started Karate at the age of 6 at his primary school in Gidea Park, immediately taking to the martial art and starting his journey in competition karate soon after.He achieved his black belt in karate at the age of 12, and achieved his first England cap at the age of 14.

Sensei Chris has represented England in individual kata and team kata at multiple junior and senior European and World Championships. He is a multiple English and British Champion, as well as being 2 x British Universities Champion in individual kata. Sensei Chris has represented England at numerous Karate1 Premier League open events around the world, as well as reaching a high of 35th in the World Rankings within the Male Kata category.

He has represented the GB University Karate team at both European and World University Karate Championships. Sensei Chris has won many international events including the Swedish Open, the Italian Open and the British International Open championships. He achieved his 2nd Dan black belt at the age of 20, and has last summer been awarded his 3rd Dan by Ishinryu founder and 10th Dan Sensei Ticky Donovan at the world famous Ishinryu Summer Course.

Away from karate, Sensei Chris has a degree in Pure Mathematics from King’s College London and is an accomplished musician.