Instructor Profiles

Senior Instructor:

Adam Cockfield – 5th Dan

Adam was born in Luton in 1982 and was always fascinated by Martial Arts films and stories from his Dad of his brief experience with Karate in the 1970’s. Adam began training in a small working men’s club hall in January 1992, after a bad start (his Dad’s quote on watching his early Karate lessons “he was rubbish, completely un-coordinated”) Adam’s enthusiasm for training shone through and his instructor at the time, known only as “Noddy”, suggested Adam go and train with his original instructor, Sensei Jamie Harrison.

Adam trained with Jamie and SEKU (Shotokan of England Karate Union) for 4 years until Jamie and his wife moved away to Devon. Prior to his departure Jamie contacted Malcolm Phipps Sensei (8th Dan) and suggested that his existing students train with SSKI (Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International).  Adam joined SSKI in March 1996 and has gone on from brown belt to achieving the grade of 5th Dan in April 2013.

Adam is an accomplished competitor winning both the Kata (forms) and Kumite (fighting) at the SSKI nationals on a number of occasions, and has taken medals at established Shotokan events around the country for several years such the The Legend open (Competitor of the Day for two years running), The Shobu-Ippon International Open, WTKO Open and The SEKU Invitational.

Adam has also competed in Romania, France, Holland, Belgium and in the USA, winning medals at major International events, culminating in winning the 2011 WJKA World Championships in Kata. In 2004 Adam was made the SSKI squad coach and the squad has now seen its best run of results for several years. Adam has also trained in Ju-Jutsu and Goju-Ryu Karate during his time at university, where he achieved a 2:1 (Hons) in Sport Science.

Adam has been privilaged enough to train with many senior and well-respected Karateka, mainly due to the open attitude of SSKI and Malcolm Sensei in particular.  Adam has learnt a great deal from Dave Hazard Sensei, Aidan Trimble Sensei, Richard Amos Sensei, Steve Ubl Sensei, Rick Hotton Sensei & Vinicio Antony Sensei.  The biggest influence on Adam’s Karate in recent years has been Simon Staples Sensei, who Adam tries to train with as often as possible. .  Adam also recognises the contribution of his own Sensei within SSKI; Macolm Phipps Sensei (8th Dan), his main sensei for 20 years and Tony Bunting Sensei (7th Dan), and continues to train with them on regular basis.

In April 2008 Adam Sensei passed his Yondan (4th Dan) grading in front of Phipps Sensei and Bunting Sensei, having to perform the Kata Meikyo and demonstrate its Bunkai (applications) in depth, write a thesis on any aspect of Karate and teach a lesson based on that thesis.   Adam was awarded 5th Dan in 2013.

Read Sensei Adam’s Yondan Grading Thesis: The Impact of Competition on Modern Shotokan Karate

Adam is has full Instructors Professional Indemnity Insurance, has an Enhanced DBS check and is first aid qualified.

Assistant Instructors:

Christopher Boon – 3rd Dan

After I left university, I went to live in Japan for three years and took up karate whilst there. I trained in JKA Shotokan Karate in a large, custom-built budokan in Ogaki City, situated in the middle of Japan’s main island of Honshu. I had two teachers, Tamura Sensei and Kubota Sensei, both of whom taught a fairly traditional form of karate.

I passed my sho-dan test in 2004 shortly before leaving the country and, after a brief hiatus, returned to karate in the UK with the Muswell Hill Karate Academy – affiliated to the Eastern European Fudokan style – under the tutelage of Islam Berisha Sensei. I passed my ni-dan test in 2008 during a seminar hosted by Ilija Jorga Sensei (10th Dan).

I joined SSKI London in 2010. It’s a fantastic club and I have learned a great deal from Adam Sensei and all the other instructors.

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Caspar Mahoney – 2nd Dan

My older brother was the first to take up karate, and I followed him a few months later, starting my first classes when I was fifteen in 1997 at Carn Brea Karate Club in Cornwall, under the tutelage of Sensei Bryan Temby. It was an incredibly traditional club, with an emphasis on discipline, etiquette, and stances as long as you could possibly make them!

Eventually my brother went on to thai boxing, and my sister ended up getting a black belt in tae-kwon do, but I never really seriously thought of doing anything but karate, which has always felt like the right martial art for me, both psychologically and physically.

Going to university in a far flung land (London) provided too many distractions unfortunately, and I stopped karate for a few years so I could concentrate on my studies.  Eventually the taste for karate came back stronger than ever, and having happened upon Seishinkai’s London dojo I’ve been blessed to find what must be one of the best clubs in the country. To prove an old adage (if at first you don’t succeed…) I picked up my shodan at the third time of trying(!) in June 2010 and then passed nidan in December 2013.

Sarah Brown – 2nd Dan

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Peer Lustraten – 2nd Dan

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Chris Allen – 1st Dan

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My path in karate started 10 years ago, which could be either blamed or credited to my son Callum who was 4 at the time. Callum wanted to do karate because he was into Teenage Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers (Ok, I was little bit too). Also, I wanted him to do something that will help develop his self-confidence and feel good about himself. So after doing some research on local karate clubs I found one that seemed to be the right fit at the time. I took Callum along for a few classes which he enjoyed. After the third time attending, the instructor Sensei Islam Berisha asked if I’d like to have a go. I accepted the invitation, not that I thought that I would be any good, but I thought it would be a good father-son thing to do. After a couple of classes, I was really enjoy being physically active, but in retrospect I can say that watching Sensei Chris ‘Kipper’ Boon perform Enpi kata inspired me to train Karate for myself. Watching Kipper move so powerfully, gracefully and quickly was like a switching on of a light-bulb moment in my mind. I remember thinking: ‘I’d loved to be able to move like that’. To this day I’m still trying. I trained with Berisha Sensei for about 5 years and learnt a great deal. I appreciate my time under his tutelage, and trained to 1st Kyu, but I felt that there were some things missing in my training. At this time Kipper suggested training with Adam Cockfield Sensei at the King Cross Club. I tried a few classes and what was clearly evident was that this is a very friendly and progressive dojo. I have now been training under Adam Sensei for nearly five years, and I can confidently say that this was the best decision for my journey in martial arts. On reflection, I can see were my karate was lacking (and still is) and there has been ups and downs, successes and failures. But all the Seishinkai instructors (Adam, Kipper, Casper, and Peer) have helped me in my development. I think all other members of Seishinkai would agree with me saying that Adam is an exceptional martial artist, a great teacher, and all-round decent bloke. Every lesson he teachers is always interesting and engaging and I highly recommend to both novice and experienced martial artists to come and experience his teaching. Unfortunately, Callum stopped training karate after 4 years, but he found his niche-basketball in which I boast he’s exceptionally good and also really passionate about. I often suggest he comes and try karate again but my efforts thus far have been futile. Nonetheless, I’m still trying to get good at karate.

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Maria Nicolau-Sumaria – 1st Dan

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Joydeep Shill  – 1st Dan

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Seth King – 1st Dan

I started learning Karate with the KUGB in 1993 at Aberystwyth university where I got up to 7th Kyu (graded by Sensei Bob Poynton) whilst studying for a one year Masters degree.  In 1995 I moved to Hemel Hempstead where it turned out I lived 5 minutes walk from the Seishinkai Dojo (where I met Sensei Adam).  I trained there on and off for 5/6 years with Sensei Malcolm Phipps. Eventually I moved to London where I joined the London Club training with Sensei Thurlow.  Unfortunately life got in the way of Karate and training was eratic at best (although I did, finally, manage to get my 1st Dan in 2006).  I started training properly again in January 2008 with Sensei Adam and have really enjoyed getting back into it.  I find Karate a superb way to keep fit as I find going to the gym very dull! My favourite part of Karate is kumite although I like all the elements of it.  I have now started doing more teaching which I also enjoy.

Harvey Perkins – 1st Dan

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