Head Instructors


Hanshi Gibson 9th Dan

Hanshi Alan Gibson - Chief instructor

Chief Instructor Hanshi Alan Gibson 9th Dan is originally from Govan in Glasgow. He 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'!

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Renshi Lee Gibson - Head area instructor

Renshi Lee Gibson - Head area instructor

Lee Gibson 5th Dan oversees the Eastbourne through to Battle areas. His father and trainer is Hanshi Gibson the chief Instructor of SAMA whom he admits is his role model within martial arts. Brought up on a strict daily training schedule. He follows his fathers philosophy of showing by example and feels it is important to practice what you preach.

  • Years Training: 40 Years
  • Passed Karate Black Belt (Shodan): 1991
  • Passed Karate 2nd Dan (Nidan): 2002
  • Passed Karate 3rd Dan (Sandan): 2006
  • Passed Karate 4th Dan (Yondan): 2013
  • Passed Karate 5th Dan (Godan) 2019
  • Passed Kickboxing 1st Degree Black Belt: 1999
  • Brown Belt in Judo
  • Full Contact: 15 Fights Undefeated
  • Semi Contact Karate: Over 100 Competitions
  • Represented England Squad in France 
  • Trained in Kobudo 
  • Trained in Japan and the USA
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