St Albans Karate

Jin Sei Kai Karate Assocation


Sensei Mick Gorman 22/07/1934 - 18/01/2024

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Sensei Mick Gorman, a cherished karateka and esteemed friend to many. Mick departed from this world on January 18th, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that will be forever etched in the hearts of those who knew him.
Born on July 11th, 1934, Mick Gorman's early years was as a local Businessman, he I was a successful driver on the motor racing circuits of Britain retiring in 1974 and needing to fill the void came to Shotokan Karate International just after his 40th birthday, from then Mick's journey was one of unwavering dedication to the art of karate. He was a stalwart member of Jin Sei Kai, where his commitment knew no bounds. For over three decades, Mick served as a devoted disciple of the late Master Paul Perry, whose teachings shaped his martial arts journey and enriched his life in countless ways.
Throughout his tenure within Jin Sei Kai, Mick exemplified leadership and passion. From his role as club secretary to later assuming the position of chief examiner, his contributions were invaluable in nurturing the growth and spirit of the karate community. Mick's influence extended beyond administrative roles; he was a mentor, a guide, and a source of inspiration to many aspiring karate practitioners.
At the Watford club, Mick Gorman's presence was synonymous with excellence. As the driving force behind its operations, he fostered an environment of camaraderie, discipline, and respect. His dedication to the dojo was unwavering, as evidenced by his continued commitment even into his 86th year.
Sadly, the closure of the Watford club due to the unforeseen challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic marked the end of an era for Mick. Yet, his spirit remained indomitable, his passion for karate undiminished.
Sensei Mick Gorman will forever be remembered for his profound impact on the martial arts community and the countless lives he touched along the way. His legacy of perseverance, humility, and dedication will continue to inspire generations of karateka to come.
As we bid farewell to Sensei Mick Gorman, let us cherish the memories we shared with him and honor his memory by continuing to uphold the principles he held dear. May he rest in peace, knowing that his legacy will endure for years to come.
Rest in peace, Sensei Mick Gorman. You will be deeply missed, but your spirit will live on in our dojo forever.

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Stuart Vousden, 6th Dan
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Stuart came to Karate in 1969 as a student of John Van Weenen. He took Shodan (1st Dan) black belt in 1974 and Nidan (2nd Dan) in 1977, by which time he was a student of Hirokazu Kanazawa. Stuart graded Sandan (3rd Dan) in 1983, having joined Jin Sei Kai in it's early days, Yondan (4th Dan) in 2004, Godan (5th Dan) Nov 2009 and 6th dan Dec 2015. Stuart observes "Karate is about unleashing and celebrating each individual's talents. It's also about mutual respect and building people's self-confidence. I believe everyone should be taught on an equal footing, regardless of age and ability - and that the wisest teacher is the one who recognises that he or she has much to learn from others”

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Andrew Vousden, 5th Dan
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Andrew joined Shotokan Karate International in 1981, bitten by the karate bug he quickly reached the grade of 3rd Kyu under Sensei Kanazawa. He then moved to the newly formed Jin Sei Kai and continued to grow and flourish under the tutelage of Sensei Paul Perry. Andrew graded to 5th Dan in 2018
“Teaching Karate, whether to adults or children, is immensely rewarding. I really enjoy helping develop their technique and seeing their self confidence grow, and I’m passionate about ensuring that class content is varied and stretches each pupil’s ability. I’m convinced that Jin Sei Kai’s unique approach to training is something that sets us apart from the rest, and is the reason we have such a great club” observes Andrew.

Senior assistant instructors

We have several assistant instructors at our club who are always available to help and offer advice.
John Deller 5th Dan
Vince Willcox 5th Dan
Andy Hanson 5th Dan
Kulbir Thandi 3rd Dan

Junior assistant instructors

We Also have some junior assistant instructors who are on hand to help with our junior classes.

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Evie 1st Dan

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Max 1st Dan

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Eva 1st Dan