SenseiDave Honey 6th Dan

Droitwich Ohku Kai

Ohku Kai Wado School is keeping with the traditional way. Sensei Dave's pedigree is next to none training directly under Mr Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi and Mr Shizuo (Peter) Suzuki Shihan.

3rd November 1966 born Sandown Isle of Wight
1980 Started Martial Arts
1984 Started Wado Ryu Karate
1990 Awarded Captaincy of Droitwich Ohku Kai and passed 1st Dan grading.
1992 Passed 2nd Dan grading.
1995 Professor Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi gave Dave's school a certificate of teaching Traditional Wado Ryu at the same time as Dave passed his 3rd Dan grading.
1999 Passed 4th Dan grading.
2004 Passed 5th Dan grading, Took over the running of Droitwich Ohku Kai.

2011 Awarded 6th Dan (Rokudan).

 

In the early days Dave progressed well in competitions around the Midlands, he also had the privilege of fighting at Crystal Palace in 1985 with Birmingham Ohku Kai. Dave has also studied the art of shiatsu, becoming a pioneer of pressure points in the mid 90's traveling the Country teaching various styles and organizations.

Droitwich Ohku Kai's main instructor and only original student since 1984 is Dave Honey who took his early Kyu gradings under Shihan Peter Suzuki.  After Shihan Peter Suzuki retired Dave traveled the Country training with other instructors including Professor Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi. Prof Tatsuo Suzuki also attended Droitwich Ohku Kai teaching Traditional Wado Ryu at the same time as giving Dave his 3rd Dan.

Phil Martin stepped aside in 2000 and left the club in 2004 Dave Honey took over teaching of the club up until the present day. 

Dave also for a short period of time got Peter Suzuki out of retirement to over see the purity of the Wado taught at Droitwich Ohku Kai. 

Dave had the privileged of in depth conversations with Prof Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi, Shihan Peter Suzuki and would also like to extend thanks to Mr Phil Martin whom without his guidance would never have stuck to the path of pure Wado Ryu.

Renshi Stuart Duggan 5th Dan 


Droitwich Ohku Kai Club Captain

7th February 1978 Born In Droitwich.
1998 Started Wado Ryu Karate.
2002 Passed 1st Dan Grading.
After passing my 1st Dan I was awarded captaincy of the club
2004 Passed 2nd Dan Grading.
2007 Passed 3rd Dan Grading.

2011 Passed 4th Dan Grading. 

2016 Passed 5th Dan Grading, in front of a panel of Sensei Honey and Sensei Pat Pace

I was always interested in Martial art movies Bruce Lee, Karate Kid, Jet Li , Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Dame.

This led me to studying Judo  to green belt level when I was in middle school for a couple of years then in high school I went to Worcester Boxing Club for a short while also.  I didn’t do any martial arts for a few year but for some reason I was attracted to karate and the only club in Droitwich was a Wado Ryu Club. When I trained in  karate for the first time I realized how unfit I was and saw how fit and skillful the higher grades and instructors where.  Soon I was training three times week and making good progress with Karate. I was awarded student of the year from the club a couple of years running, and also most improved student .My Sensei Dave Honey has guided me and trained me through all my gradings and has got me to the Level I am today.
I have also competed in kata and kumite competitions where I fared well. I have attended Seminars with Hanshi T Suzuki, Shiomitsu Sensei,Yangawa Sensei to gain more information on all aspects of Wado Ryu karate.

 

Michelle Honey - 3rd Dan, Sensei




                  













Scott Morrall - 2nd Dan, Senpai

I began my martial arts training when I was around 19 in 1998, joining a local Tae Kwon-Do club. A really took to the art, quickly professed through the belts sponging up every bit of knowledge I could, through regular training, seminars to even martial arts films and computer games.

I first met Sensei Dave Honey where he introduced kata bunkai and pressure point theory during a seminar for our club; this blew my mind. I started training Wado Ryu shortly after, I initially found it difficult to transition from Tae Kwon-Do to a more close quarter style, finding I was on the floor more often than usual.

I trained jointly with now Sensei Stuart Duggan, where we both were awarded our 1st Dans after a demanding grading and then progressed to 2nd Dan.

During this time I grew a passion for running especially long distance, this took over from my martial arts training but I've proudly completed numerous ultra marathons with my longest distance being 100 miles. I am sure my years of martial arts training helped me keep me focused when pushing my body it it's limits.

My martial arts journey has never really ended but just took a different focus for a short period. I am proud of the Droitwich club, the student and it's instructors - it continues to show me the way of peace and harmony.



Lee Price - 2nd Dan, Senpai

I started training roughly around the age of 8 with Sensei Dave Honey but had to quit due to circumstances. Around the age of 14 I began to box and had a few bouts only losing 1. At the age of 17 I broke my ankle and once recovered I got back into the ring, I forgot all about my legs once I started boxing and took it for granted so I started up Wado again forgetting the pure class, skill, concentration and brutal fitness of the Ohku Kai.

I have trained and travelled around different arts and clubs including boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo, wing chung, kung fu and MMA throughout the years. My heart always lay at karate with Wado Ryu. They say Wado chooses the person and it certainly chose me.

Sensei Dave Honey has seen me through and guided me through all my grades along with Sensei John Hocking and Sensei Stuart Duggan. I have also trained with Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi, Sensei Phil Martin and the late Sensei John Hocking. Without all these people I would not have the karateka and attitude I have today.

The beautiful thing about Wado is that the more you learn the little you realise you actually know. No one trains like we do at the OhKu Kai. I now help to instruct myself and pass down my knowledge onto the next generation with the help of my instructors.


Andy Parmley - 2nd Dan Senpai

I started karate in 1999 in Northampton studying Shito-Ryu attaining brown belt before moving to Droitwich. I looked at all the schools around the Worcester area before joining Droitwich Ohku Kai In 2005.

After training several hard months I was given my green belt by Sensei Honey. I passed my 1st Dan in 2008 which was one of the proudest moments of my life.

I love training even though it can be very hard physically. When you enter the dojo all your problems outside are gone. Being trained by Sensei Honey is sometimes like being hit by a truck but the sense of what you achieve is amazing.

I passed my 2nd Dan in October 2016, breaking my foot in the process. It was still a great day. I am now training hard for the next level.

Both my daughters train with me. One day I will get my wife to join us.

 

Louca Ellinas 2nd Dan Senpai


After initially training in Shotokan karate as a young child for 1 year, in 2010 Louca resumed his karate training in Wado-Ryu under the guidance of Sensei Clifton Elcock.

After 5 years of dedication, he attained his 1st Dan Black belt in Dec 2015. During this time, Louca also competed in the Karate Nationals Tournament held in Worcester, gaining experience in both kumite and kata contests.

Since Jan 2016, Louca has been training with Sensei Dave Honey at Droitwich, which has seen him elevate his technical skills to the next level, preparing him for his 2nd Dan grading end of 2017.

In September 2017, Louca passed his 2nd Dan.

Karate has taught Louca that with dedication and commitment, he can develop both his physical and state of mind as a powerful yet calm weapon. Respect for his Sensei's and all students irrespective of age or belt has been a major positive factor in his attitude outside of the dojo.

Anthony Ellinas 2nd Dan Senpai


Similar to his elder brother Louca, Anthony started Wado-Ryu karate in 2010 under the guidance of Sensei Clifton Elcock. In addition to karate, Anthony also training in the Kickboxing style, where he attained his brown belt.

Anthony attained his 1st Dan black belt in Dec 2015. Throughout his time training kickboxing and Wado-Ryu, Anthony has a wealth of experience in competition fighting. This includes primarily point fighting and continuous both in traditional karate and kickboxing styles. Anthony has won many fights during since 2010, and has won his categories at major national tournaments and also competing for a Midlands kickboxing points title. One of Anthony’s strengths is that he is prepared to take the fight to much larger opponents, and throughout his training, has sparred against taller, heavier fighters. This has developed his technical karate skills, understanding movement, speed and accuracy are key to beating larger opponents.

Since Jan 2016, Anthony has continued to develop his skills and is preparing for his 2nd Dan black belt at the end of 2017. Under Sensei Dave Honey’s guidance, Anthony’s knowledge of pair work and katas has increased significantly. Having an elder brother provides a level of competitiveness that allows them both to support each other.

Mick Hewins - 1st Dan Senpai


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