WTKO Instructor of the Month

 

 Malcolm Phipps 6th dan

 

THE FOUNDER & INTERNATIONAL CHIEF INSTRUCTOR TO SEISHINKAI SHOTOKAN KARATE INTERNATIONAL

     

Malcolm Phipps is a delightful person to meet.  He radiates happiness and one gets the feeling that he is a man that enjoys every day on this earth.  He has a quiet demeanor that belies the intense and dedicated karate instructor that has led his students to numerous international and world titles. 

Malcolm Phipps 6th Dan, (at the time of printing), and Chief Instructor internationally to ‘SEISHINKAI SHOTOKAN KARATE INTERNATIONAL’ was born on 19th December 1942. After his school years he spent ten years in the Royal Navy where he already had become a prominent footballer playing for the R.N. throughout the world and for local amateur teams in Hertfordshire. He left the R.N. in 1968 and then worked in London for a Merchant Bank and Commodity Brokers respectively. In 1973 he felt he needed a new challenge and following-up an advert in his local paper went along to witness his first actual Karate lesson. He was extremely impressed with the discipline involved and the very next lesson became part of the class. His original club was based in Hemel Hempstead which was a part of Shotokan Karate International (S.K.I.). He was hooked by this new way of life and trained hard passing his grades up to Shodan with Kanazawa Sensei and Asano Sensei. Sadly, and through no fault of his own a split happened in his local club and he found himself having to travel nearly thirty miles twice weekly to train with his sensei. Working in London this was unacceptable and he had to look for a new Association to join. A good friend of his put him in the path of the Amateur Shotokan Karate Association (A.S.K.A.) where again he spent many happy years. Through a difference of opinion between certain ‘traditional’ aspects within this group he left to form his own Association, Seishinkai Shotokan Karate in 1984.

In 1995 the decision was made to become an international group and therefore S.S.K.I. came to be. Malcolm has taught Karate now for well over 25 years and thousands of Karateka have passed through his extremely capable hands.

In competition Karate he is thought by many to be one of the very best coaches on the scene. He has had numerous top-class successes including gold medals at World, World Games, and European Championships and has had many full National Champions. He is currently the only Shotokan Sensei in the country to have produced WUKO/WKF individual World and European champions. His record to date is ten world champions! And his children’s squad is one of the very best in the world.

In traditional Karate his black-belts are, without doubt, and grade for grade, amongst the very finest. He is one of the top and most respected Karate teachers in Europe today. He is an International Grading Officer and a Senior National Coach (NCF) and holds the NVQ D32/33 (Assessors) award. He is also one of England’s top Nunchaku (Rice flails) exponents and teaches this art within his Association to enhance co-ordination for Karate training.

Malcolm is also an accomplished author and has had four novels published to-date, two of which, "Uchi Deshi and the Master", and, "The Ah So! Stories", are on the very subject of Karate, with "Uchi Deshi and the Master", also being translated and published in Germany.

His first book, "Wild Oats in Cornwall", is a hilarious adventure of two ex-naval lads on the rampage and was highly acclaimed by fellow author and Karateka, Richard La Plante - "’Wild Oats’ kept me laughing. I read it in one afternoon".

His last book was a very funny children’s novel, "The ConEquest", a story of roadside cones and their quest for a better life. He has also penned the, "Little Book of Seishinkai", for members of his Association, which includes the history of the Association, a brief history of Shotokan Karate, a glossary and the grading syllabus.

He has made several appearances on National TV in such programmes as, Michael Aspel’s, ‘Six O’Clock Show’, ‘Afternoon Plus’ with Mary Parkinson, ‘Thames News’ with Andrew Gardner and ‘Anglia Sport’, and was interviewed ‘live’ on BBC Radio by ex ‘Blue Peter’ presenter, Simon Groom about his first novel and his Karate life. He has featured many times in the National Press with extensive articles in, ‘The Guardian’ and the ‘Daily Mail’.

He has had many magazine articles published in, ‘Traditional Karate’, ‘Combat’, ‘Shotokan Karate Magazine’ and ‘Fighting Arts International’.

In 1985 he was voted ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ for West Hertfordshire and in 2001 and 2002 was ‘runner-up’ and ‘highly commended’ respectively. In 2001 he was awarded his place in the ‘Combat Hall of Fame’ and received this honour at Aston Villa FC. At the latter end of 2002 he was awarded the BNMA (Hons) for his contribution and development to Shotokan Karate in the UK and in 2003 Malcolm was asked to sit on the WTKO advisory panel.

Malcolm now spends his time improving his Association nationally and internationally and regularly visits the USA to teach.

Malcolm is married to Allison who is also a senior black-belt (4th Dan) and an ex-member of the England ‘A’ Squad. They live in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire with their Old English Sheep Dog, ‘Beenie’.

Below one can see the list of accomplishments by Sensei Phipps, but the legacy is greater than individual accomplishments, he has impacted on the lives of those he has taught and made a difference. Sensei Phipps is a teacher and mentor, there is no higher calling, he is a sensei.  A List of accomplishments:

 Style…Shotokan Karate

Association…Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International (SSKI)

Countries in Association…England, USA, Australia, New Zealand, UAE (Dubai), India, Kosovo,

South Africa, Pakistan, Holland, Hungary and Sri Lanka.

Position…World-wide Chief Instructor and Founder of SSKI.

Member of ‘World Traditional Karate Organization’ (WTKO) & ‘English Traditional Karate Body’ (ETKB).

Started Training…1973 with Sensei Kanazawa, Sensei Asano & Sensei John Van Weenen MBE

Awarded 1st Dan…8th April 1978

Awarded 2nd Dan….25th October 1980

Awarded 3rd Dan…10th December 1983

Awarded 4th Dan…1st March 1986 (Specially awarded by the World Union of Karate Organisations (WUKO)

and the English Karate Council for services to karate nationally and internationally)

Awarded 5th Dan….31st December 1990

Awarded 6th Dan…15th December 1996

Due to be awarded 7th Dan…2003

Awarded Referees Certificate…1981

Awarded ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ for Dacorum District/West Herts - 1985

Runner-up for ‘Sports Personality of the Year (Coach)’ for Dacorum District/West Herts – 2001

Highly Commended ‘Service to Sport’ for Dacorum District/West Herts - 2002

Awarded NCF(MAC) Coaches award…29.6.1986

Awarded EKGB Senior Coaching Award…21.3.1992

Authorised as EKGB Coaching Assessor…19.10.1993

Awarded NVQ (Assessors D32/33 award)…2002

Three books published on the art of karate, Uchi Deshi and the Master, The Ah So! Stories and

Little Book of Seishinkai.

Two novels published, Wild Oats in Cornwall and ConEquest.

Appeared on National TV in such programmes as, Michael Aspel’s, Six O’Clock Show,

Afternoon Plus with Mary Parkinson, Thames News with the late Andrew Gardner and Anglia Sport.

Interviewed ‘live’ on BBC Radio by ex-Blue Peter presenter, Simon Groom.

Martial Arts adviser on Carlton TV for Carlton TV Production, ‘Lloyd and Hill’.

Numerous magazine articles published in, Traditional Karate, Combat, Fighting Arts International and

Shotokan Karate Magazine.

Articles published in the, Daily Mail and Guardian Newspapers.

Only Shotokan Instructor in England to have produced genuine individual WUKO/WKF World Champions.

*October 2001 - Inducted to the Martial Arts ‘Combat Hall of Fame’ UK.

* December 2002 – Awarded BNMA (Hons) for his national contribution to Shotokan Karate.

* Malcolm Phipps has produced ten world karate champions and many national champions (See enclosed)

STUDENT’s MAJOR TITLE ACHIEVEMENTS - (National Gold medals and International honours only)

Tracey Phipps

1982 Welsh Open Championships (Merthyr Tydfil) – Gold & Welsh Champion

1983 British Championships (London) – Gold & British Champion

1984 Only woman to compete in every International event for GB & England in:

Rome (European Championships) – unplaced

Oslo (England V Norway) – Gold

Chicago (England V USA) – Gold

Wisconsin (England V USA) – Gold

Glasgow (England V Scotland) – Gold

Maastricht, Holland (World Championships) Last 16

London (England V Australia) Gold

1984 English Championships (Crystal Palace) – Gold & English Champion

1985 English Champion of Champions (Leicester) – Gold

1986 Swansea (England V Wales) – Gold and English Team Capt.

1986 European Championships (Sion, Switzerland) – 4th

1986 European Championships (Sion, Switzerland) – Team 4th

1990 English Championships (Sheffield) – Gold & English Champion

Willie Thomas

1983 Welsh Open Championships (Merthyr Tydfil) – Gold & Welsh Champion

1985 British Championships (Crystal Palace) – Gold & British Champion

1985 English Championships (Crystal Palace) – Gold & English Champion

1986 England V Scotland (London) - Gold

1986 Junior European Championships (Sion, Switzerland) – Bronze

1986 Junior European Championships (Sion, Switzerland) – Team silver

1986 European Championships (Madrid, Spain) – Gold & European Champion

1987 European Championships (Glasgow) – Team bronze

1987 England V Italy V Spain (Italy) - Gold

1988 English Championships (Crystal Palace) – Gold & English Champion

1992 World Championships (Spain) – Gold & World Champion

Valerie Henry

1984 English Championships (Crystal Palace) – Gold & English Champion

1985 English Champion of Champions (Leicester) - Gold

1986 England V Scotland (Glasgow) - Gold

Jeoff Thompson

1985 European Team Championships (Oslo, Norway) – Gold & European Champions

1985 World Games Championships (Crystal Palace) – Gold & World Champion

1985 Karate Commonwealth Games (Guernsey) – Gold & Commonwealth Champion

1986 World Championships (Sydney, Australia) – Team Gold & World Champions

Robert Talbott

1987 English Championships (Crystal Palace) 12-16yrs – Gold & English Champion

Vicky Henderson

1985 British Championships (Crystal Palace) Under-16’s – Gold & British Champion

Trevor Justin

1987 British Championships (Crystal Palace) 16-18yrs – Gold & British Champion

Berdul Komolafe

1990 English Championships (Sheffield) Under-16’s - Gold & English Champion

Sonia Evelyn

1988 English Championships (Crystal Palace) – Gold & English Champion

Ermira Statovci

1998 Children’s World Championships (Hungary) – Gold & World Champion

Emma Norman

2001 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA) 13-15yrs – Gold & World Champion

2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA) 14-17yrs – Gold & World Champion

Gareth Hains

2001 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA) 10-12yrs – Gold & World Champion

2001 English Championships (Nottingham) 10-12yrs – Gold & English Champion

2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA) 10-12yrs – Gold & World Champion

2002 National Under-18’s Championships (Milton Keynes) 12-13yrs English Champion

Kerry Gillard

2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA) 14-17yrs – Gold & World Champion

Alexis Raymen

2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA) 11-12yrs – Gold & World Champion

2002 National Under-18’s Championships (Milton Keynes) 12-13yrs English Champion

Lina Nguyen

2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA) – Gold & World Champion (kata)

2002 World Traditional Karate Championships (New York, USA) – Gold & World Champion (kumite)

Toni York

2001 English Championships (Nottingham) 10-15yrs – Gold & English Champion

2002 National Under-18’s Championships (Milton Keynes) 11-13yrs English Champion

Emily Hughes

2002 National Under-18’s Championships (Milton Keynes) 10-11yrs English Champion

Keanu Mayhew

2002 National Under-18’s Championships (Milton Keynes) 8-10yrs English Champion

Ross Carson

2003 English Championships (Dudley) 10-11yrs – Gold & English Champion

Also

1983 Welsh Championships (Merthyr Tydfil) – Team Gold & Welsh Champions

1999 - Seven medals taken at the ‘Funakoshi World Shotokan Championships’ - (Crawley, England).

2001 - Eight medals taken at the ‘World Traditional Karate Championships’ - (New York, USA).

2002 – Eighteen medals taken at the ‘World Traditional Karate Championships’ – (New York, USA).

2002 - National Under-18’s Championships (Milton Keynes) Team Kata - English Champions

2002 - National Under-18’s Championships (Milton Keynes) Girl’s Team Kumite - English Champions

2002 - National Under-18’s Championships (Milton Keynes) Boy’s Team Kumite - English Champions

2002 - National Under-18’s Championships (Milton Keynes) FUNAKOSHI CUP awarded to SSKI for

most successful group at tournament.

2003 – National Under-16’s Championships (Dudley) Boy’s Team Kumite – English Champions

2003 – National Under-16’s Championships (Dudley) Girl’s Team Kumite – English Champions

*Literally, students have won thousands of smaller regional competition trophies since 1978 and many silver

and bronze medals in major national and international tournaments.

*2000 - Emma Norman (14yrs) – Awarded ‘Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Young People’.

*2002 – Kerry Gillard (15yrs) – Awarded ‘Young Sportswoman of the Year for Luton’.

*MBE honours have been awarded to two of Malcolm Phipps’ students (Jeoff Thompson & Caroline Simpson)

for their works in other fields.

*Many young students have won the gold ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award’, making karate part of their syllabus.
Malcolm Phipps
Seishinkai Shotokan Karate International
World Wide Chief Instructor

 

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