SSKI – Watford Club


SSKI is a traditional Shotokan karate association, with several clubs: the Watford club prides itself on being a hard–working and friendly group that has a place for everyone.

About SSKI

SEI = Spirit and Soul

SHIN = Mind

KAI = Association or Group

Seishinkai – Association of Mind, Spirit and Soul

Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International (SSKI) is a traditional Shotokan Karate Association that believes firmly in the teachings of Shotokan Grand Masters Gichin Funakoshi, the founder, and Masatoshi Nakayama, the legendary Chief Instructor of the original JKA (Japanese Karate Association) and the man most responsible for spreading the art of Shotokan Karate to the rest of the world. SSKI has clubs in such countries as England, USA, Kazakhstan, Hungary and India; the Association Headquarters (Honbu) are in England. Countries run their own competitions and squads but in England three main competitions are held annually:
• The National Championships (a tournament for everyone)
• Association Kata Tournament

There are regular squad training sessions for those interested in Competition Karate, with a very powerful National Team and over the years SSKI have produced champions at all levels of competition including World/European and many National Champions and regular referees courses are held with our Chief Referee, for those interested in this very important part of Competition Karate.

SSKI holds many annual courses with world–class instructors including the highly respected Sensei Richard Amos, Sensei Steve Ubl, Sensei Dave Hazard and Sensei Aidan Trimble and many more. Students are also encouraged to attend ‘Open’ Courses held by other groups and Associations as well as those held by SSKI Senior Instructors.

Seishinkai pride themselves in that they have no part whatsoever in the politics of Karate and are current members of the WTKO and the Shotokan Alliance. Seishinkai also prides itself on being a hard–working and friendly group that has places for everyone in all of our clubs in all of our countries.

“Hatsuun Jindo (Parting the Clouds – Seeking the Way)”

Benefits of Membership:

  • • Top class tuition in traditional JKA style Shotokan Karate
  • • Regular courses with top UK and International Sensei
  • • Access to professionally structured instructor training programme
  • • Top class Referee and Judge training courses
  • • Regular National and International Championships
  • • Regular National Squad Training and Selections
  • • Regular Okinawan Kobudo Training and Courses
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News & Notices

Updated 12th April 2019

Club Notices

  • Facebook Find us on Facebook… SSKI has a page on Facebook – click on the Facebook logo and LIKE our page. You can keep up–to–date with all the latest news and events, discussions and on–line chat!
  • Club documentation…

    • Click here to download a PDF license form
    • Click here to download a photo consent form

Club News

  • December 8th 2018… Congratulations to club instructor Steph Farrer on gaining her San Dan black belt!

  • December 16th 2017… Congratulations to Isaak Nathan on gaining his Sho Dan black belt!

  • December 5th 2015… Congratulations to our sensei, Tony Bunting on being awarded his 7th Dan! We are all very proud of you!

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Association Assistant Chief Instructor
Tony Bunting Sensei 7th Dan (Renshi)

• Lead Sensei for Watford Club
• Member of the Association Technical Committee

Assistant Instructor
Vicky Adams Sensei 3rd Dan

Assistant Instructor
Steph Farrer Sensei 3rd Dan

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SSKI Instructor Profiles

Association Assistant Chief Instructor
Tony Bunting Sensei 7th Dan (Renshi)

Born in London in 1969, Tony was introduced to Judo at a young age. He quickly progressed through the belts, attaining his 1st Dan black belt in Judo in his early teens. He was an accomplished Judoka who competed at regional level and successfully won a number of junior championships.

In 1981, he was introduced to Shotokan Karate by his Judo instructor. His first Shotokan instructor in Borehamwood was Sensei Brian Field (2nd Dan) within the Bukonkai Karate International association whose Chief Instructor at the time was the late Sensei Colin Williams (7th Dan); Tony was an avid competitor who travelled the country competing for his club and association. It was in the early 80’s when he moved to a new dojo, which was affiliated to ASKA, that he was introduced to Sensei Malcolm Phipps (then a 3rd Dan). Tony was part of the newly founded association in 1984 – Seishinkai Shotokan Karate.


Tony has been a loyal supporter and part of Seishinkai for many years and is the SSKI Assistant Chief Instructor. He currently holds 7th Dan, which he was awarded by Sensei Malcolm Phipps on 13th December 2015. Apart from being a Kyu and Dan grading examiner, a member of the association technical committee and part of the squad management team, he is also a qualified and experienced referee and is often asked to support in competitions nationally, as well as internationally on occasions.

Aside from all these ‘duties’ to the association, Tony’s dedication for Karate and Seishinkai goes above and beyond. He has been instrumental in the last few years in obtaining sponsorship for the association squad and has also travelled to other SSKI clubs in the UK and assisted Sensei Phipps teaching on seminars in the USA. He believes that the only way to achieve your best is to train regularly and hard with the best Instructors available. He continues to train at the Honbu dojo and maintains this practice by training at minimum of twice a week.


Tony has been an instructor for over 20 years now and confirms that his personal sense of fulfilment was achieved in 2011, when his club team, Slip End, won the SSKI National Championships for the very first time since the competition had begun back in 1984. He was once again the proud instructor when Slip End won the SSKI Nationals Championships again in 2012. The Slip End club moved and become the Watford club in 2015.

What Karate means to Tony in his own words: “SSKI is an integral part of my life as I have studied and trained in Shotokan Karate for the past 30 years. I have been privileged to train with some of the best Japanese and English Instructors in the world and truly enjoy training and teaching at my dojos. I was also honoured to present Sensei Phipps with his 8th Dan Certificate in 2011!”

Assistant Instructor
Vicky Adams Sensei 3rd Dan

Born in 1983 and from Harpenden Vicky became captivated with karate at a young age after watching the 80’s movie, Karate Kid. She joined the Sasori Goju Ryu karate club under Sensei Chris Green at the age of six and attained Shodan (1st Dan belt black) at 14. A year later she badly injured her back falling out of a tree, leading to some time out from training. School priorities took over with GCSE’s, then A Levels, and before long she’d moved to Bournemouth University, which resulted in an 11–year break away from karate.

After three years living and snowboarding in Austria during the winter and working in Sweden during the summer, she returned to the UK to start her career. By this time that she was eager to get back into karate. A friend introduced her to a local Shotokan club in Harpenden, where she spent two years refreshing her old skills. By then she decided she needed a bigger challenge at a more advanced club. After observing a successful Seishinkai squad at a 2011 competition and then later discovering they were based in Hemel, Vicky joined without hesitation and has been a dedicated member now for seven years. She is extremely privileged and thankful to have Sensei Tony Bunting as her Sensei, who has been instrumental to her training and growth and is proud to be his assistant instructor at Watford for the last four years.


Vicky is an accomplished competitor winning numerous medals in kata (form) and kumite (fighting), both individual and team in multiple competitions, such as the Seishinkai Nationals as well as other established Shotokan events both nationally and internationally. Vicky is constantly seeking to improve herself and aside from training with some great Sensei within Seishinkai, she also enjoys attending courses outside of the association and has had the opportunity train with many different well–respected karateka globally.

In June 2015 Vicky successfully graded to Sandan (3rd Dan). One of Vicky’s proudest moments was back in 2011 when she helped the Slipend club (now Watford) win the Seishinkai shield at the Nationals for the first time in the history of the competition.

Assistant Instructor
Steph Farrer Sensei 3rd Dan

Born in Yorkshire in 1966, Steph only took up karate much later in life… when two of her children took up the sport. It was one of the extra–curricular activities for them and after spending several early evenings watching them practise, she realised she was interested in taking it up herself – as a busy working mum of three, the need to switch off everything and only focus on one thing appealed. After chatting with the Chief Instructor of Seishinkai, she decided to take the plunge… and was instantly hooked, and has been training regularly for the last 12 years.

During this time she has taken part in several competitions, winning medals at both kata and kumite, and she will always be extremely proud of being part of the Slipend (now Watford) Club that won the Seishinkai Shield at the Nationals in 2011. Steph also enjoys attending courses when outside instructors are brought in, such as Sensei Dave Hazard and Sensei Simon Staples, which have given her the opportunity to stretch her karate abilities.


Steph attained Shodan in June 2011, Nidan in December 2013 and went on to successfully grade to San Dan in December 2018; she has trained throughout her karate life with several of the senior association instructors but Sensei Tony Bunting, who she has trained under since the beginning, has been, and always will be, an inspiration to her to aspire to a higher karate level, and she is very proud to be one of his assistant instructors.

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Updated 15th April 2019

Club Training Times

  • Every Tuesday
  • Children’s Session – 6:15pm–7:15pm
  • Adults Session – 7:15pm–8:30pm

Calendar 2019

Wed 29th… SSKI Dan and Kyu Mock Grading, Hemel Hempstead School, 7:15pm-9pm
Wed 5th… Honbu Kyu Grading at Hemel Hempstead Schoo, 7:15pm
Sat 8th… Association Senior Grades Course and Dan Grading, Hemel Hempstead School, 12:30pm-4:30pm
Wed 19th… Sensei Vicky Adams (4th Dan Grading) at Hemel Hempstead School (all senior grades to attend), 7:30pm-9pm
Wed 4th… Honbu Kyu Grading, Hemel Hempstead School, 7:30pm
Sat/Sun 14th/15th… SSKI Weekend Course with Sensei Hazard 7th Dan, Hemel Hempstead School
Sun 13th… SSKI National Championships, Hemel Hempstead School, 10am-4pm
Sat 16th… Portsmouth Open Shotokan Championships, Moutbatten Centre, Portsmouth
Wed 27th… SSKI Dan and Kyu Mock Grading, Hemel Hempstead School, 7:15pm-9pm
Wed 4th… Honbu Kyu Grading at Hemel Hempstead School, 7:30pm
Sat 7th… Association Senior Grades Course and Dan Grading, Hemel Hempstead School, 12:30pm-4:30pm
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Please complete the following form to send an enquiry to SSKI–Watford.


The Gym
Parminter’s School
High Elms Lane
WD25 0UU

Mob: 07870 656766
Email: Tony Bunting –

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