OUR HISTORY

Welcome to the official website of the Lincoln Karate School in association with Suzuki Ha Karate-Do.

The late Professor Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi is still one of the most famous Japanese Karateka to leave mainland Japan and is largely responsible for the spread of Karate throughout the rest of the world. He was the personal student of Wado Ryu founder Hironori Ohtsuka Meijin and would later develop one of the largest Wado associations in the world, the Wado International Karate Federation.

Following the passing of her beloved Husband and Sensei in 2011, Eleni Labiri-Suzuki was determined to keep his teachings alive. For nearly 30 years she was his student, training partner and together they travelled the world delivering seminars to the thousands. Eleni Labiri-Suzuki had a unique insight to Suzuki Sensei's teachings and this left her with an invaluable knowledge of Wado Ryu techniques. Therefore to help ensure these teachings were not lost or misinterpreted she set up the Suzuki Ha Karate-Do.

Rob Lewis, a personal student of Eleni Labiri-Suzuki was encouraged to follow his lifelong dream and set up his own school for Karate. In 2016 he did just that and developed Lincoln Karate School one of the first clubs to join Suzuki Ha Karate-Do and help keep the teachings of Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi alive.

OUR TRAINERS AND TEACHERS

Lead Instructor & Owner

Rob Lewis

Founding instructor Rob has over 30 years experience in Martial Arts, self-defense, working with children & adults and has spent many years delivering various courses across the country for specialist clients. A fully qualified fitness instructor he delivers classes to all ages and abilities sharing his passion for Karate and Martial Arts. Rob has had the opportunity to learn from many incredible instructors over the years and still travels the world to increase his knowledge, he also has the privilege of being a personal student of Eleni Labiri-Suzuki.

Chief Instructor Suzuki Ha Karate-Do

Eleni Labiri-Suzuki

Eleni Labiri Suzuki is the wife of the late Japanese Karate Master Tatsuo Suzuki and the Chief Instructor of Suzuki Ha Karate-Do. Eleni started karate in May 1984, and for 25 years was her husband's personal student and training partner. Together they travelled the world delivering seminars to the thousands until his death in 2011. This has resulted in Sensei Eleni having unparalleled insight into the detailed technical teachings of Suzuki Sensei, one of the most prolific Japanese Instructors to leave Japan. See Eleni in action at one of our seminars.

Senior Instructor - Suzuki Ha Karate-Do

Roy Mullan

Roy (pictured right) first started Karate in 1977 and over the last 40 years has had the privilege of training with many famous Wado Ryu Instructors including the late Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi on many occasions. Roy's work has taken him throughout the UK and abroad giving him the opportunity to train with many different Wado clubs building up an incredible knowledge of Wado Ryu Karate.

Assistant Instructor - School Manager

Sam Lewis

Sam began her Karate journey after the birth of her youngest son Brandon so she could join in classes with her eldest son Rhys. Sam has been very fortunate to receive her tuition and gradings direct from Eleni Labiri Suzuki and practices at home on a regular basis with Rob Lewis. Alongside her existing full time job Sam plays a huge role in the administration of the school and during classes provides excellent assistance to all the students, with her own unique ideas on how to remember what is being taught during class.

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Polly

Polly is one of our original students who first started Karate to encourage her daughter Neve during class and we are proud that they both continue their Karate years later. Polly has worked incredibly hard to learn the syllabus and has a great understanding of the challenges new starters can face. Polly is currently enrolled on our instructor programme alongside her own Karate development and therefore you will often see her in class helping others.

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John

John is the student who will happily travel 90 mins each way just to get to class, will go out of his way to help others and never stops working from the second he walks in. With an extensive history of working with young people in various settings, John has an amazing knowledge and skill set that will make him an invaluable instructor. Working on the instructor training programme you will often find John on a Monday evening assisting students.

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Malcolm

Malcolm joined us with his family a few years ago and has hit the ground running from day one. As a beginner he won a gold medal in his first ever competition and has excelled at all his gradings since. Working with local Primary Schools he already possesses many of the skills required to keep students of all levels engaged and learning and is a welcome addition to our instructor programme. You will often find Malcom assisting during the beginners classes on a Saturday morning.

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Carrie

Alongside Malcolm is his Wife Carrie, she may have got Silver to his Gold in their first competition but she has been fighting back ever since and her work ethic during class and in gradings has been exceptional from the start. Another welcome addition to our instructor training programme, Carrie offers a unique ability with the younger children (some call it a mummy's gift) and is a brilliant addition to the team.

Junior Assistant

Eve

Eve has had an incredible transformation in her Karate journey, growing in confidence with every class she attends. Eve has become a formidable student with lots of potential for the future. As part of her continued development Eve has become one of our junior assistants and you will often find her helping beginners and younger students at our family classes and also at our holiday camps.

Junior Assistant

Harvir

Harvir joined us after training with other groups in the past, but we were delighted when he left any possible ego at the door and took it upon himself to once again wear the infamous white belt. His past experiences have helped him excel through the syllabus to a high level. One of the politest young men we have had the pleasure to teach he has recently shown an incredibly ability to encourage and inspire the younger generation. With huge potential to help others in the future as well as developing his own skills Harvir has joined the instructor programme and can be found assisting in beginners classes.

Junior Assistant

James

James pictured above with his training partner and Mum, has an incredible enthusiasm for learning karate and from day one has been determined to overcome everything that has been thrown at him, which earned him the honour of becoming one of our junior assistants. James often assists instructors in delivering classes and can often be seen at our Family class on a Saturday morning.

OUR CLASS LOCATIONS

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