About Us

SAMA Organisation established in 1978 is headed by Chief Instructor Hanshi Alan Gibson 9th Dan. Originally from Govan in Glasgow, Hanshi Gibson is one of Britains highest graded black belts. With 60 years of training and teaching in different styles of karate and other martial arts with some of the worlds top masters he is also regarded as one of the most experienced karate teachers in the world.

He has been awarded Sussex County's top bravery award by the Head of Sussex fire service and presented by the Lord Mayor of Brighton for his courageous actions in saving the lives of a mother and her three children from a house fire by punching through a double glazed window! Commended on local & national television for his karate skills and power and nominated for the Queen's award for bravery and earning the nickname 'IRON FIST ALAN'!

  • Click here to read more about Hanshi Gibson's history.
  • Click here to read how Hanshi Gibson punched through a double glazed window to save a family 

SAMA has now established itself throughout six counties in the South of England and has 15,000 members training weekely. Our website covers the following areas Eastbourne, Hailsham, Bexhill, St Leonards, Hastings and Battle. If you are interested in reading in more detail about the style and history of SAMA or are looking for websites covering your area please click here.

Hanshi, Shihan, Kyoshi and Renshi

The head area instructor is Renshi Lee Gibson who holds the karate level of 5th dan black belt as well as 1st degree kickboxing black belt.

He is pictured here with his father 9th Dan Hanshi Gibson the chief Instructor of SAMA along with 7th Dan Assistant chief instructor Shihan Jacobs and Senior level 6th Dan Kyoshi Klus, all of which he holds great respect for.

Renshi Gibson has been training in martial arts for over 35 years. He is in charge of overseeing the following areas: Eastbourne, Hailsham, Bexhill, St Leonards, Hastings and Battle. 

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