Karate Sankukai East Midlands

West Bridgford | Silverdale | Ilkeston

Below are the instructors you will meet if you visit the club.  All our instructors are DBS (CRB) checked and are Federation of English Karate Organisations International qualified Instructor/Coaches.  Additionally they are registered to the FEKO International Child & Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Protection Policy and are fully insured for coaching.

They have spent many years training before becoming an instructor.  All our instructors do this on a voluntary basis and earn no profit from teaching.

Additionally, all our instructors continue to train and improve their skills and knowledge so this can be passed on to students.

Dennis Robinson, 5th dan

Dennis started karate in 1993 at the Ilkeston Dojo under Graham Hayes and trained regularly at the Ilkeston and Kirk Hallam dojos with Graham, Sandiacre Dojo with Neil Hayes and later with Des Eyre, and at the Beeston dojo with Alan Carruthers.

Dennis still trains regularly with Alan Carruthers (8th Dan), Des Eyre (6th Dan), Calvin Collins (6th Dan) and when possible with Tsukada Sensei (8th Dan).




Shodan     18 April 1997

Nidan        19 November 2000

Sandan      7 December 2003

Yondan      28 January 2008

Godan       4th March 2014


He started teaching with Maria Gillot at the Silverdale,West Bridgford and Rushcliffe Arena dojos in 1997, and between them to date, have taken five cadets to Shodan, six adults to Shodan, two adults to Nidan and one adult to Sandan, with one of their students representing FEKO at world level competition.

Dennis's other Qualifications include FEKO Coach and assessor, FEKO International referee and WUKF world Judge and Referee.

"My ambitions within Karate do :- to continue learning and teaching, and to take many more students to "black belt" and beyond."

Maria Gillot, 4th dan

Maria founded Silverdale Dojo with Michael Searcy in 1995, followed by West Bridgford in 1996. By 1997 Maria and Micheal were running training nights across three venues in Silverdale and West Bridgford area. 

Maria qualified as an assistant coach in 1987, then as a KSEM instructor in 1995 and worked hard to pass her Black Belt 1st Dan and England Karate Governing Body instructor training in 1996. She has assisted at the FEKO National Championship most years since 1994.




Shodan     18 April 1997

Nidan        19 November 2000

Sandan      7 December 2003

Yondan      20 February 2009

Eleanor Bryant, 3rd dan

Eleanor started karate in 2000 under Dennis Robinson and Maria Gillot and in 2010 progressed from student to instructor and now regularly helps with the teaching.  She still trains under Alan Carruthers and ensures that her own training still takes place.
Eleanor is a member of the FEKO Squad and competes in both kumite (sparring) and kata.  She has won trophies in both events and has represented FEKO at the WUKF World Championships in Italy.  Eleanor complements her karate training with training in kobudo and has occasionally taught this to the rest of the class.


Shodan     12 December 2004

Nidan        28 January 2008

Sandan     13 February 2011

"My goals within karate are to continue to improve and reach the highest grade I can possibly be and to represent FEKO again in international competition."

Darron Waldram, 2nd dan

Darron started his martial arts training in taekwondo and studied this for 18 years before starting karate in 2005.  He continues to train under Alan Carruthers.  Darron is also qualified as a FEKO Judge and has acted as a area judge and area mirror referee at national level.


Shodan     20 February 2009

Nidan     13 February 2011

"Through constant practice with my peers and other Karateka, I am hoping to develop my understanding of
Sankukai-Do and progress through the Dan grades, sharing my knowledge with others as I do."

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