The Eighties

11/08/2014 at 8:55 pm
The Eighties

Double Gold presentation by Sensei Toru Takamizawa & Sparring Demo with Eugene Codrington at 1980 Tera Nationals.

The eighties started well with a Gold Medal in Kata at the Wado and Open Style Tera Karate Kai Nationals. His hard work continued to pay off with a successful grading to 3rd Dan by the Tera Karate Kai Panel in Birmingham in 1980.   His Clubs were far & wide covering Cumbria & North East, so he decided to re-brand the clubs to bring under one banner & “Chojinkai Karate” was born.


1980 – the first course in Carlisle under the ‘Chojinkai’ banner, front row l to r, Tim Bird, Graham Solon, Tom Armstrong (emigrated to Perth, Australia), Ged Carr, Doug, Jim Thompson, Steve Greenwood, Richard Bird.

As his interest in competition flourished, Doug became more interested in refereeing and trained under Barry Tatlow who was the Tera Karate Kai Chief Referee.

The decade progressed with 5th Annual Cumbria Open Karate Championships in Carlisle and then Doug went on to found the Newcastle Upon Tyne Open Championships at the Lightfoot Stadium, Walker.

In 1982 he made the decision to leave the Tera Karate Kai & Toru Takamizawa to form his own association, to concentrate on furthering & developing the Clubs with the foundation of the British Karate Do Chojinkai Association within the English Karate Federation – later named FEKO.

I early/mid 80’s he opened a full time professional dojo & martial arts retail shop in Newcastle – Chojin Martial Artsphoto with Club Instructor Paul Jackson then 2nd Dan (Newcastle Club first Black Belt).

BELOW: 1983 Summer Course movie clip @ Prestatyn Sands, North Wales

BELOW: 1983 Summer Course @ Prestatyn with Rita, Michael, Doug, Steven.

BELOW: 1985 Summer Course @ Skegness – front row, l to r, Simon Crow 1st Dan (Morpeth Club first Black Belt), Ian McCranor 3rd Dan (Chojinkai Coventry affiliated Club), Doug, Steve Byfield (Suzuki 3rd Dan now with Chojinkai Newcastle), Robert Toole 2nd Dan, Ian Wood 1st Dan.

In 1983 he qualified with the English Governing Body as a National Judge status under Brian Smith. Doug retired from competing in Karate at the age of 35 to concentrate on & developing competition officiating.

He was awarded 4th Dan, endorsed by the World Governing Body WUKO and achieved National Referee in 1984 & his first International qualification in 1986, allowing him to Judge at the European Senior Champs in Spain.

European Judge in Madrid in 1986.

Perth Australia Course 1986 & met up with former Carlisle student Tom Armstrong

Doug was a founding member & Chief Referee of the British Karate Grand Prix along with Roy Stanhope, Abdu Shaher, Unel Wellington, Victor Charles. Following on from this he was Invited to Australia to teach and formed the International Karate Do Chojinkai, with affiliated Groups in Southern Ireland and Wales.

1986 Summer Course at Minehead – Son Michael (11) 2nd left front row & Son Steven (13) 2nd right back row – next to Doug is Instructor Simon Crow 3rd Dan.

1987 Summer Course at Ayr – Front Row l to r – Andy Goodwin 1st Dan, Jon Little 1st Dan, Simon Crow 3rd Dan, Doug, Steve Chaplow 1st Dan (Kendal Club first Black Belt), Ian Abernethy 1st Dan (Cockermouth Club first Black Belt).

The age of Video was firmly upon us, and Doug recorded ‘Wado Ryu Karate’ – ‘Beginner to Black Belt’, Pioneering the first Comprehensive Video on the Wado Ryu Curriculum, with Video Producer Tim Eyrl.

The success of this top selling training video inspired him to form the Video Martial Arts International Production Company (with business partner Tim Eyrl), more universally known as VMA International. This pioneered the first ‘Magazine on Video’ in 1988.

The company went on to produce Instructional and Training tapes with Ticky Donovan, Terry Pottage, John Richards and other leading British Karate Instructors of the day and became the first company to record Championship Videos of English and British National Karate Events plus the European and World Karate Championships. By the end of the 80’s VMA had been appointed the Official Video Team to both EKU European and the WUKO World Championships and Chojinkai continued to flourish.

Fighters Magazine

Cover photo & main feature in 1988 Fighters Magazine, with Hexham & Prudhoe Instructor Jimmy Hague, then 3rd Dan (Hexham Club first Black Belt)

His international refereeing continued and he went on to Officiate at the European Senior Championships in Italy and Scotland and the European Junior Champs in Spain.

More qualifications followed with an International Referee qualification at the European Championships in Yugoslavia and the prestigious award of a 5th Dan Black Belt under WUKO.

Relaxing at hotel in Titograd 1989 after qualifying as European Referee, with England Judge Jeff Pearson & National Coach Ticky Donovan

1989 Cumbria Open Karate Championships – VMA Tournament Report

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Doug James Biography

11/08/2014 at 7:36 pm

This section leads you through 7 decades of an outstanding Martial Arts Career, by following the footsteps of the Chojinkai Karate Founder and Chief Instructor, Sensei Doug James 9th Dan.

A Brief Synopsis – Sensei James  started training in 1967 and is regarded as one of Britain’s Senior and Most Respected Professional Instructors.  For 21 years he was an International Karate Referee (1986 to 2007), officiating at the highest level – European and World Championships within the World Karate Federation (WKF).  In 2009 he retired as a member of the English & British Karate Referee Commission after a domestic refereeing career spanning over 30 years, awarded the rank of 8th Dan by the English Karate Federation, subsequently endorsed by the WKF.  In January 2022 he was awarded 9th Dan by the Board of the English Karate Federation, acknowledging his 55 years training in Karate – the promotion was endorsed by the Secretary of the WKF Technical Commission.

Sensei James is a Founder Member of the EKF – the Main Governing Body for Karate in England and a member of the EKF Senior Technical Grading Panel.  He is President of the Association and very much a ‘hands on’ Chief Instructor maintaining the renowned High Technical Standards within the Chojinkai Karate Clubs.

This section tracks in detail his route through the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, the noughties, then 2010 to the present day, through Karate from Beginner to Master, from a time when the art was for the UK at least in its infancy, to now when Karate is a worldwide established Art and Sport enjoyed by millions and recognised as a most effective form of self defence.  Included are archive photos & magazines covers that featured articles on Doug James through the decades.

The Chojinkai Lineage Section shows the “Doug James/Chojinkai Karate” direct link to the early pioneers of oriental unarmed combat prior from the 1800s through to the founders of modern day karate in early 1900s through to Doug James and Chojinkai Karate’s inception in the late 1900s.

Traditional Karate Magazine 

Doug James Interview 2003

The Video Documentary here is entitled “Chojinkai – The Story So Far”, and is a fascinating visual biography as told by Doug James, covering the first 35 years in Martial Arts & was recorded in 2002 with a running time of approximately 13 mins.

Link to The Sixties –>

Hall of Fame

11/08/2014 at 7:24 pm

Black Belt Hall of Fame – 1974 to NOW

250 Black Belts (BOLD TEXT denotes still actively training in Chojinkai Karate)

6th Dan

Ray Hind, Darren Longstaff – Paul Jackson, Stephen Chaplow, Gordon Harrison,

5th Dan

Mark Heaton – Iain Abernethy, Mark Holding, Fred Ritson.

4th Dan

Matthew Miller, Alan Connor, Colin Broatch, Lee Wilson, Chris Denwood, Murray Denwood, Kevin Batey, Dave Johnson, Steve Byfield, Ian Hall.

3rd Dan

Leonie Wiggin, John Ramage, Stephen Lambert, Martin Kammeier – John Timney, Mark McLeod, David Steel, Annette Holding, Catherine Anderson, Stuart Brown, Richard Bird, Jim Hague, Ian Macranor, Judith Ridley, Jonathan Little, Simon Crow, Colin Keating, Mick Barnes.

2nd Dan

Elaine Wilkinson, Marcus Ramsay, Nathan O’Sullivan, Duncan Potter, Lawson Robley, Chris Greenbank, Lewis Heaton, Rich Dowdell – Ian Hanratty, Robert Curwen, Danny Curwen, Michael Jordan, Louise Rogers, Ginette Jackson, Gordon Hiscox, Joan Davis, Kevin Bradley James Maclean, Teresa Inston, Fred Moore, Gerard Carr, Robert Toole, Damien Chicken, Gwillam Morgan-Jones, Kim Morgan-Jones, Jim Hague Jnr, Kevin Tombling, William McCluskey, Brian Armstrong, Keith Parker, Robert Gate, Stephen Masson, Kenneth Lamb, Martin Oliver, Ross Connor, Jessica Huggett, Dougie Jones, Stephen Broadbridge, Caroline Broadbridge, Ian Thwaites, Dylan Swarbrick, Clarke Gibson, Steven Elliott, 

1st Dan – Brian Allen, Ian Ronson, Ian Crowe, Stuart Crowe, Stephen Bainbridge, Julie Lawson, Melanie Dowdell, Debra Ramage, Josh Wilson, Matthew Dowdell, Paul Hymers, Charlie Lewis, Tony Mousley, Connor McDermott, Paul Upex, Connor Newhouse – James Thompson, Francis Holliday, Gideon Sharp, Paul Evans, John Fitzsimmons, Alan Banks, Howard Farrar, Tony Eglin, Joe Coop, Toby Coop, Stephen Beardmore, Joe Armstrong, Malcolm Robinson, Ian Wood, Tim Whitburn, Andrew Goodwin, Dawn Marsden, Ann Thompson, Stephen Eungblut, Martin Sinclair, Stephen Surtees, Sharon Stobbart, Colin Dickson, Corbett Smith, Kevin Robson, Chris Robson, Elgie Ruddick, Julie Robinson, Phillip Martin, Stephen Greenwood, Stan Hall, Ray Parkin, Stewart Pearson, Mark Hayden, Rufus Beer, Claire Allen, Norman Rogers, Lawrence McStraw, Alex Billington, Paul Curwen, Cher Stagg, Neil Ferguson, Karl Jary, Wayne Lascelles, Paul Brown, Robert Archbold, Brenda Walker, David Freeland, James Allen, Alan Proudlock, Craig Alderson, Paul Rumney, Robert Woodhouse, Said Zarifi, David Christie, Vince Earl, Anthony Barnes, Gary Boertien, Carla Murphy, Jake Miller, Les Moffat, Dave Brier, Paul Hind, Peter Martin, Kerrie Basso, Stephen Cowing, Charlotte Smith, Kevin Cosgrove, Peter Skillen, Ian Gibson, Peter Taylor, Graham Norris, Pam Cowing, Chad Rothon, Mark Temple, Sean Smith, Mark Hanratty, Victoria Grantham, Sharon Douglas, Gary Herbert, James Hopkins, Nicola Palmer, Alan Parker, Angela Carslaw, Joshua Hall, Angela Gibson, Niall Sandwith, Curtis Caven, Philip Moran, Jonathan Paton, Amy Kirkbride, Alun Passey , Rikki-Leigh Johnston, Lee Edgar, Billie Donaldson, Tim Kendall, James Routledge, Lisa Brooks, Kevin Radcliffe, Anirban Ray-Chaudhuri, Harriett Spiller, Matthew Reeve, Colin Scott, Grant Park, Ryan Lea, Lucy Wilson, Marc Dawes, Mark Dickinson, George Seggie, Thomas Taylor, Stuart Graham, June Kane, Ron Phillips, Amy Hodkin, Gordon Crawshaw, Nicholas Strange, David Docherty, Bruce Wilson, Andrew Fox, Neil Gatenby, Derek Leach, Danny Olsson, Louise Leach, Kraig Kane, Lucy Quinn, Sam Nichol,  Deanna Burns, Lauren Lynch, Liam Reid, Mark Stevens, Eloise Lawer, Joanna Francis, Joseph Smith, Rosemary Harper, Emily Brews, Sophie Cowan, Jack Tallentire, Angela Morton-Armstrong, Claire Swarbrick, Martin Klijn, Craig Ross, Ella Higgins, Kirsty Elliott, Keir McGlinn-Shaw, Zola McGlinn-Shaw, Henry Parfitt, Stuart Iniff, Jordan Kent,


11/08/2014 at 3:01 pm

BRITISH KARATE DO CHOJINKAI  The Website of Doug James 9th Dan

The Renowned Chojinkai Karate Clubs cover Cumbria and the Borders & with a membership of around 300 students, have very successful Clubs in Carlisle Warwick Bridge, Carlisle Yewdale, Brampton, Wigton, Penrith, Kendal & Haltwhistle.

Chojinkai Karate (pronounced Cho-jin-Kai) is the name of the Wado-Ryu based style of Karate founded in 1974 by our President & Chief Instructor Doug James 9th Dan

The 7 clubs that make up the British Karate – Do Chojinkai Association are Full Members of the English Karate Federation & operate a stringent Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy.

Senior Instructors & Grading Panel Members

Mark Heaton 5th Dan, Doug James 9th Dan, Darren Longstaff 6th Dan  & Ray Hind 6th Dan .

All Instructors are First Aid Trained, have a complete up-to-date Enhanced DBS (CRB) Checks and are fully qualified & trained to the Highest Standard on a regular basis.

We offer FREE TASTER CLASSES  at all our clubs!

For all New Beginner enquiries for Adults, Teenagers, Boys & Girls or our “Special Little Dragons Classes 4 years plus” and General Enquiries contact Doug James 9th Dan on 0797 9922800 or email:

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Our lead Association Safeguarding/Child Protection Officer is Leonie Wiggin

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