Welcome to Tsutahashi Karate Club - Ivybridge

Established in 1987, Ivybridge's Tsutahashi Shotokan Karate Club is a welcoming and friendly club, widely recognised for its excellent standards and high-achieving students in terms of grades and competitive success, together with personal fulfilment for members of all ages on their journey to Black Belt and beyond.

The club belongs to the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) which is the largest karate organisation in the UK, commanding great respect in the martial arts world. Grading examinations are conducted by Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan - head of the KUGB.

The club is run on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on high quality Shotokan Karate - an effective and strong traditional martial art taught in its full depth. We don’t cut corners  – this is the real thing! The quality and passion for this martial art in the club is self-evident. If you are looking for a high quality South Hams martial arts club you are very welcome to COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!

Senior Instructors: 

Sensei Neil Rowley 4th Dan

Sensei Neil Rowley has been practising Shotokan Karate for over 30 years and has been a member of Tsutahashi Shotokan Karate Club (formerly Marjon SKC) since it was started by Sensei’s Gary Hulbert 4th Dan and Jane Easterbrook 3rd Dan in Ivybridge Leisure Centre in 1987.

One of the many highlights of training with Senseis Hulbert and Easterbrook for Neil was being part of the team that won the South West Championships team Trophy on two consecutive occasions.

Sensei Rowley achieved his 1st Dan in 1995, 2nd Dan in 1997, 3rd Dan in 2005 and 4th Dan in 2012.

Sensei Rowley has been taught by many top KUGB and JKA instructors including, among others, Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda 9th Dan, Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan, Sensei Masahiko Tanaka 8th Dan, Sensei Terry O’Neill 8th Dan, Sensei Bob Poynton 8th Dan, Sensei Bob Rhodes 8th Dan, Sensei Billy Higgins 8th Dan, Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan, Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta 7th Dan, Sensei Sean Roberts 6th Dan, Sensei Gary Harford 6th Dan, Sensei Matthew Price 6th Dan, Sensei Ray Alsop 6th Dan, Sensei Bob Davies 4th Dan. 

Sensei Rowley has competed in Kumite and Kata competitions across the country including many times at the KUGB National Championships and the Shotokan Cup.  This experience has enabled Sensei Rowley to coach a junior team Kata squad to reach the KUGB National championships final on two consecutive occasions.

Sensei Rowley believes in persevering with Karate training to reap the rewards of a fit body, a strong personality, a good sense of humour, and being able to deal with difficult situations and still smile at the end of it.

Sensei Rowley teaches Shotokan Karate in traditional style, with great attention to detail.   His experience and depth of knowledge in the martial art is outstanding and he constantly strives to bring the best out of each and every student.

SeSensei Dave Horensei Dave Hore 3rd Dan

Sensei Dave Hore began practising Shotokan Karate under the instruction of Senseis Gary Hulbert (4th Dan) and Jane Easterbrook (3rd Dan) in 1990 at Tsutahashi Shotokan Karate Club in Ivybridge, then known as Marjon SKC. Under expert tuition of Senseis Hulbert and Easterbrook the club established a reputation of national success. Sensei Hore’s instruction then continued under the expert guidance of Sensei Neil Rowley (4th Dan) who has built on the high standards, etiquette and martial spirit at Tsutahashi. After a break from Karate, Sensei Hore first returned to the martial art at Torbay Karate Club under another former Tsutahashi student, Sensei Ray Alsop (6th Dan) and Sensei Bob Davies (4th Dan), before returning once again to his sporting home, Tsutahashi.

Sensei Hore achieved his 1st Dan Black Belt in 1994 (aged 10) under Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda (9th Dan); achieved his 2nd Dan under Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) in 1997; and 3rd Dan under Sensei Sherry in 2018.

In addition to the expert guidance Sensei Hore received through his club instruction, he has also benefitted from being taught by outstanding and internationally regarded instructors from the KUGB and JKA. Among others, this has included: Senseis Keinosuke Enoeda, Andy Sherry, Terry O’Neill (8th Dan), Bob Poynton (8th Dan), Bob Rhodes (8th Dan), Billy Higgins (8th Dan), Frank Brennan (8th Dan), Jimmy Brennan (8th Dan), Yoshinobu Ohta (7th Dan), Trevor Jarrett (6th Dan), Ronnie Christopher (6th Dan), John Penman (5th Dan), Jane Naylor-Jones (5th Dan), Richard Naylor-Jones (5th Dan), Greg Hegarty (5th Dan), Dave Collacott (4th Dan) and Christina Finta (4th Dan). 

Practising, perfecting and enjoying the demands that Shotokan Karate has to offer is particularly important to Sensei Hore, however, he has also enjoyed the challenge of competitive Karate. One of many high points was being a part of the team, alongside Sensei Neil Rowley, who won back-to-back victories in the South West Championship Team Trophy. Sensei Hore has had the privilege of ‘medalling’ a number of times through competitions including the KUGB National Championships, Shotokan Cup, Southern Region and South West Championships in Kumite, as well as Individual, and, Team Kata. As a competitor, Sensei Hore’s proudest achievement was being selected for the England Junior Kumite Squad at the internationally renowned Red Triangle Dojo in Liverpool.

A school teacher by profession, Sensei Hore has an enhanced DBS, holds a First Aid Certificate and is a fully qualified KUGB Instructor. He is passionate about helping all students to fulfil their potential and strongly believes that Shotokan Karate is a martial art for both the young and more mature. It can enhance self-confidence, discipline, fitness, resilience and concentration. As long as students are determined and encouraged, Sensei Hore believes that every student has the potential to thrive and enjoy everything that Shotokan Karate has to offer in the traditional and family-friendly atmosphere that Tsutahashi creates.


NB: Grades mentioned above were correct at time of last edit.