Michael started training with the British Karate Association under Tatsuo Suzuki at Ealing Karate Club in 1978. The club moved to Higashi in the early 80s, and shortly after, Mikes Sensei, John James retired as Club Instructor, having decided to leave the area. The running of Ealing Karate Club was taken over by Senseis Peter Harris and Henry Francis. When Sensei Francis left Ealing Karate Club in the early 90s, Mike joined Peter, and they are still working together as the principal instructors of the club.
During the late 70s and early 80s Mike progressed up the grades, competing at National and then International level. In 1995, Mike was selected for the England Squad on the Kumite team. He made his debut in Spain in a friendly, and went on to represent England as an elite member of the National Squad for another 5 years. During this time he also competed in France, Italy, Germany and the Philippines. Mike competed in British, English, VSO, European, Commonwealth and World events until he chose to retire from the Squad in the year 2000.;
Mikes dedication to Karate continues. Not only does he teach Karate 7 days a week, but he is also the Higashi Karate Kai Kumite Squad Coach.
Peter began training in 1976 at Ealing Karate Club under the direction of Senseis John James and Eamonn McKinney. Soon after the club had joined Higashi in the early 80s, Peter took over as Sensei with Henry Francis. Sensei Francis left Ealing Karate Club in the early 90s when he decided to branch out and set up his own Karate club, leaving an opportunity for Mike to join Peter as an instructor at the club.
Peter progressed quickly through the grades, skipping belts several times. In the 80s he trained on the England Kumite Squad with former World champions such as Tyrone White, Jeff Thompson and Vic Charles, and frequently competed at National and International level. Running Ealing Karate Club gave Peter another focus. He wanted the club to grow, but also continued to further develop his own Karate skills by attending Kata courses and summer schools.
His commitment to Ealing Karate Club (now Elkai Karate) remains as strong as ever. Peter is passionate about his sport and has high hopes for all the young and talented members of the club.
Anthony (Tony ) began training in 1986 at Ealing Karate Club under Sensei Henry Francis and Peter Harris. Tony has been a member of the club for over 20 years now and has become one of the Senior Members. Tony Progressed through the grades quickly after skipping a few grades and obtaining His Black Belt at the age of 13, Tony was the youngest Black Belt in the club. Tony has represented his Club, Association, Borough and His Country. Tony has won many Tournaments, with his strong point being in KATA. Winning many consecutive competitions and also Performed Kata for Ealing and Northolt Kata Teaching Video. Tony attended many Kata Courses under Sensei Peter Spanton (Chief Instructor Higashi Karate Kai)
Collin Heath was born in 1972 and he has been practising the art of Wado Ryu Karate since 1984, aged 12 years old.Born in East London, his family moved to West London in 1984, which is where
and when he began his search for a sport to get stuck into. Collin tried boxing first for a short while but decided against it. He was excellent at athletics but found he did not like practising out in the cold during winter months! With his West Indian background the cold did not agree with him! Alongside his athletic training he found Ealing karate club and attended there a couple of times a week. Like most boys that age he was inspired by the Kung Fu and Bruce Lee movies! He eventually gave all his spare time to karate, being won over by the fact that you trained inside and did not have to freeze during training sessions!
Collin is an engineer by trade and has a 15 year long career with London Underground as a train maintainer. More recently moving to a competitor company as a train technician, but his real passion is competing in karate competitions and training others to do so.Collin has had an amazing karate career to date, having obtained some 30 plus titles since 2002; he travels the world competing and medalling in some of the most prestigious karate events.
Quote “I believe that hard work, sacrifice, dedication and faith are a must if you want to achieve. Competing at international level requires self motivation and a combination of good instruction, extra fitness regime and diet.”
Being a third Dan, he is also an instructor, captain of the Higashi National Squad and has been on the Karate England elite squad.Collin’s talents have been passed down to his daughter, Larissa, who also
competes at international level and has many titles of her own….watch this