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The British Sankukai Karate Association The British Sankukai Karate Association was formed in 1981 following the break up of The Association International Karate Sankukai.The B.S.K.A was one of the founder members of the Federation of English Karate Organisation (F.E.K.O).
As a member of F.E.K.O our clubs have public liability insurance and abide by it's N.S.P.C.C. endorsed child protection policy.All B.S.K.A instructors are F.E.K.O registered and have been assessed and qualified as F.E.K.O coaches. As part of this qualification they must be Criminal Record Bureau checked to enhanced level and hold profesional indemnity insurance.


Alan White 7th Dan

Alan 'Butch' White began training in 1962 in Shotokan.At this time he was also introduced to Judo, Aikido, Atemi Jutsu and Kendo.In the following years he trained in Wadoryu and in 1969 he took up Shikokai with Eddie Daniels. During his time with the Shukakai Karate Union he fought for SKU national team and then as a full international with the All Styles Great Britain Team. After seeing Sensei Nambu's demonstration in 1975 at the All British Championships, Butch relised that Sankukai was the direction he wanted to take. The following year he and his dojo in Kidderminster and Wolverhamton joined the Association International Karate Sankukai under Chief Instructor for Britain Alan Hunt. With the break up of AIKS in the early 1980's The British Sankukai Association was formed and Butch became it Chief Instructor. In recent years he has handed the day to day running of the association to others and is now BSKA President. Over the years Butch has been greatly involved in security and close protection work. He has minded royalty and Hollywood film stars and has run corporate employee security and self awareness courses for large public companies.

Calvin Collins
6th Dan

Chief Instructor

Calvin Collins began training in 1974 at the age of 12 with Sensei Butch Wwhite. At that time the training was in Shikakai Karate. In 1976 Butch White's clubs changed to Sankukai and Calvin gained his Shodan in 1979. He has run clubs in Oxford, Worcester, Kidderminster and Kinver.As well as being Chief Instructor to The BSKA  he is also a senior instructor and grading officer to The Federation Sankukai Karate Scotland. He is also a F.E.K.O coaching assessor. Calvin still considers Butch White as his Sensei and also trains regularly with people such as Sergio Morstablini (Sankukai), Ryozo Tsukada (Shioryu), Slater Williams (Shotokan) and Cornelius Carr (Boxing)

imon Sloan
5th Dan
Assistant Chief Instructor

Simon has been training in Sankukai since 1976 aged 11 years.
He trained under the guidance of Sensei Alan Butch White 6th Dan and Calvin Collins 5th Dan.Simon acheived his 1st Dan in 1980,2nd Dan in 1982, 3rd Dan in 1988 and 4th Dan in 2003.

n Slater
5th Dan (Hon)


Brians introduction into the martial arts was in Judo while serving in H.M. Forces during 1960/1961. Aafter discharge he took no further part in any martial arts until 1974 when he joined Sensei Butch White's Shukakai Karate in Kidderminster. Retired from teaching in 2004 at the age of 65, he handed over his club to other instructors witin th BSKA.former EKC National competition judge and F.E.K.O referee.Although having trained with Japanese, Okinowam, South African and British Masters in many styles of Karate he still looks on Sensei Butch White as his mentor and the biggest influence of his martial arts career.
Brian is Chairman of the B.S.K.A and continues to support the association.

John Nelson
5th Dan

Vice Chairman

John started training at the late age of 21 in 1974 under the instruction of Butch White to whom he feels he owes his whole career in martial arts. Butch laid the foundations for which our association was built and continues to support us.At this time he was training in Shukukai.After a year John had commitments and worked abroad in Germany for the following year.On returning John continued his training with Butch White training in Sankukai.It was decided the association needed to grow so John opened Clubs in Stourport, Cleobury Mortimer and Clows Top.
Along with Sankukai John trains in Nanbudo and teaches a variety of weapons including Escrima,Nunchaku,Tonfa,
 Jo-Staff, Kobutan and Tanto.
John is Vice Chairman of the B.S.K.A and has helped develop and administrate the B.S.K.A Website

Ken Beddoe

5th dan (Hon)


Ken began training in Karate in 1974 and has attained the grade of 4th Dan. 
Ken is the Secretary of B.S.K.A
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Les Clarke
5th Dan
Instructor Rowley Regis

Les began his martial arts training in Wado-Ryu under Paul Johnson and Sakigami Sensei in the mid seventies. After a break he began training again to help keep fit as he developed diabetes. He trained under Mal Fellows under Chief Instructor Butch White.Although Les has continued to train in Sankukai he has also trained  in other martial arts including Muay Tai, Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Escrima.Les has been teaching Sankukai since 1990. He is a qualified Registered Chiropodist/Podiatrist and Body Mechanics Therapist (which covers posture alinment, clinical massage, back care, sports injuries, safe exercise and body-use patterns). He is also qualified in Reiki and is a member of St Johns Ambulance.

Mick White
5th Dan
Instructor Guernsey

Mick started his Karate training in 1973 in Wado Ryu. In 1978 he followed his Sensei Roger Mills into Sankukai,joining the A.I.K.S. He then followed Sensei Alan Butch White into The B.S.K.A,where he has continued to train and gain all his Dan grades under Sensei Butch White and Sensei Calvin Collins.

  Kerry Elford
  4th Dan

Instructor Stourport

B.S.K.A Committe Member
B.S.K.A Licencing Officer
Kerry started training in 1985 under instructor Sensei John Nelson.Kerry is graded to 3rd Dan and is a senior instructor at Stourport Sankukai Karate Club.Kerry is very involved in the day to day administration and teaching at the club.
More recently Kerry has taken on the role of B.S.K.A Licencing Officer.
She is also a qualified Sub Aqua diving instructor and also teaches Pilates.


   Andy Garnham
      3rd Dan


Andy began training in Sankukai in 1981 and has a wide experience in the martial arts.He trained for five years in Jujitsu and is a Dan grade in Aikido. As well as assisting Mick Wwhite with running the Guernsey Sankukai Club he is also instructor of the Guernsey Aikido Club.

Steve Best
3rd Dan

Instructor Tamworth
B.S.K.A Committee Member

3rd dan Karate, 2nd Degree Kung Fu, Instructor Kick Boxing. Steve first started training in the early 1970s in Judo and in the mid 1970s started training in Wadoryu Karate. Since 1996 he has also trained in Kung Fu and Kickboxing. Steve started training in Shitoryu Karate in 1999 and also a little Jujustu. Steve has trained with many notable instructors including Sakagami Sensei 8th dan Wado, Dave Lomas 7th degree Kung Fu, Chris Davis 6th dan Jujustu and George Condron 5th dan Shitoryu. Steve currently trains with Tsukada Sensei 7th dan Shitoryu. He trains regularly with him in England, Scotland and France.

     Kevin McMahon
        1st Dan
                                        Instructor New Zealand

My name is Kevin McMahon and I am living in Ashburton on South Island New Zealand. I originaly trained with the late Sensai Steve Bell. Sensai Collins graded me to shodan in 1994. I am now running a Sankukai dojo in my home town of Allenton Ashburton.I also ran a dojo with Bob Day in Milton keynes which is still featured on the web site.I am hoping that I can have my dojo here in New Zealand featured on the Sankukai web site? 
The training I promote adheres strictly to the Sankukai sylabus as written by Sensai Butch White and Sensai Calvin Collins.I also train a lot of stick and knife attack and defence using the skills I was taught in the military and Police.I am myself training 'Anis Phillipeano stick fighting.


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