Kyoushi Shaun Lanham 6th Dan
Chief Instructor for I.S.M.A.A
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR: 6th DAN
I have been training in martial arts for 36 years now and I have enjoyed every aspect of it.
I feel that being involved with Martial Arts is like being on a journey, you never stop learning. Your physical, mental health continues to grow and if you give martial arts the respect it deserves you should never get bored.
I first started in judo at the age of 10 years at the Kurume judo club in Parkstone taught by my uncle Gerry Bacon who too this day is my biggest inspiration . I have just moved on from there and never looked back. The first karate club I started in was Shokokia this was ran by sensei Pete Hodge, when this shut down I moved over to Tim Steven’s who taught wado-ryu. I trained under Tim Steven’s for 11 years He has a wealth of experience as he is 5 times world champion. While with Tim I train with the likes of Sensei Ticky Donavan, Sensei Wayne Otto and many more top martial arts instructors.
I have been successful in competition throughout the years but for me this is not my favorite part of martial arts, I love coaching and taking students to enter competitions, I get a lot more enjoyment and fulfillment seeing my students do well.
I worked as a doorman for 15yrs which I done just to see if what I was learning actually worked. Which I have to say I did very well indeed.
In 1992 I started Bearwood Karate club, this was my first club and ran it there for 24 yrs. Now I run 3 clubs which will be expanding very soon, I never excepted to be where I am today, I only ever wanted to run 1 club, but after having my first son Jack my goals change as I wanted a better future for my children. This is when I left Tim, we joined a few different academies including F.E.K.O, W.K.F unfortunately there was always politics involved. 1 year ago I started Martial Arts Independent uk (MAIUK) of which I.S.M.A.A is affiliated to which is a none political organization, we are now growing with clubs from all over the country. Where very excited to see where we are in the next 10 yrs, M.A.I.UK is a multi style academy not just karate.
Concentration, dedication and fitness are very important to any Martial Arts without these I believe you will not succeed; I also believe that these things grow with you as you learn, although you need to have a willing to want to learn in the first place.
I do not have a favorite technique in kumite, as I like to practice all aspects of kumite, as different techniques work on different people, this is where being agile is important, I believe that keeping up a level fitness is vital for karate.
Over the years I have had my fair share of injuries, some have been minor and others have been more serious, but I believe that it’s important not to give up, in the last 2 years I have had a heart arrhythmia which just very recently I had a 5 hour operation to fix this, im looking forwards to getting back involved with the training and sparring, If I had never done karate I believe I would not be looking to carry on I would be sitting around not doing much. As things like this build up an inner strength, and I feel that is just as important as the fitness. I feel that this is also teaching you your own lesson to grow as an individual and mentor.
I have always taken criticism well and I try and build on what people say, lower grades as well as high grades I believe everyone has some good advice.
I really enjoy Kata, kata is a big part of karate for me, my favorite are pinan godan, nianchi,Bassia and Seipai, if all Kata’s are done properly they are very hard work I do like to see sharp movements with dedication.
I enjoy teaching Karate and handing my knowledge to my students and to start them on their journey of Martial Arts.
I have 29yrs behind me so I feel I have a good base, and although I am a 6th Dan I still feel that I’ve got lots more to learn. I would still like to widen my knowledge in other Martial Arts so I can offer my students an even more of a variety.
I hold a lot of admiration and respect for Sensei Gerald Bacon, Sensei Pete Hodge and all the instructors that have been involved with my success as an instructor / /student because they have given me the encouragement and the support that I’ve needed through my journey in Karate.
I hope I will be an inspiration to Many students for years to come.