Hanshi Gibson Lives and still teaches children and adults in Sama Brighton. And has many Senior Instructors Working under him.All Sama Instructors have been graded by Hanshi Gibson. Hanshi Is also the founder of the American Kickboxing Academy - AKBA, and has trained with and taught many Kickboxing Champions from around the world, including "Superfoot" Bill Wallace.
Was established in 1978 and has become the largest single karate and kickboxing group in the UK that has spread right across the south of England with over 12,000 students and scores of dedicated instructors. We continue to grow larger and stronger every year.
SAMA has been developed into its own unique style, "SAMA KARATE" and "SAMA KICKBOXING" has become completely synonymous with me, my instructors and students.
I would like to think that my long experience, knowledge and philosophy as well as my commitment to the strong mental and physical side of karate has helped my organisation grow and help my senior instructors go in the right direction.
Also the commitment and loyalty of my assistant Chief instructor Shihan Jacobs and Renshi Klus and all the other senior SAMA instructors of the organisation who relate to my older traditional principal's of the martial art code of loyalty and respect along with my strong feelings about how a real traditional karate person should behave, teach and train continues to push the organisation forward. This attitude is then passed down throughout the ranks to the other instructors and in turn passed on to the students.
After a few years training at the Kemp Town dojo we moved to a larger one in Vine Street, Brighton. I trained under sensei Robinson for around 4 years, then in the early 1970s I decided to open my own karate dojo in Brighton.
Although I now had my own dojo my quest for training and my thirst knowledge has always been far greater than teaching and I often commuted up to London to train at other martial art dojo's.
It was when I was training at Meiji Suzuki's dojo in Judd Street near Kings Cross that I heard one of his instructors, sensei Sfetas was moving to Brighton to start his own karate dojo at Hove Education College, Connought Road.
For me it was another opportunity to train instead of teaching, so I was there the very first day. As a black belt in Shotokan karate with around 15 years training under my belt with experience of other styles of martial arts and had my own club, I was readily given the choice to wear my black belt in class. This is something that I have always declined to do when starting at a new dojo or style as I prefer to follow martial art tradition of starting from the very beginning and wearing a white belt out of etiquette and respect.
For some reason the class did not stay long at that venue and another was found in the center of Brighton. Sensei Sfetas then opened a full time dojo where I trained for around 3 years until he moved away from the area.
The Founder And Chief Instructor Of The Sama Organisation Is Hanshi Alan Gibson. 8th Dan. With Now 50 Years Of experience, Hanshi is the Head Of the Organisation, and all children in Sama East Sussex and Kent have to be Graded In Front Of Him. To Read more about Hanshi Gibson and the history of The Sama Organisation check out www.samaorganisation.co.uk
Hanshi born in 1947 in Govan, Glasgow. Scotland
My karate began late October 1959. I was 12 years old and after seeing a demonstration on television of a karate expert smash through a wooden door with his bare fists I thought to myself, how could he have such power and skill to do that. I wanted to be just like that karate man, to have that explosive power and skill. So off I went to find a karate club.
However, the accepted age for joining a karate club back then was around fourteen or fifteen so I had to pretend to be older.
Note: The only style of karate practiced at that time in Scotland was Shotokan karate, a hard old school traditional Japanese style.
Note: Training back then was very basic, although much more brutal and physically than today. Because of this there were no women or young children participating in karate at that time.
Having lived and trained in London I then moved down to Brighton around mid 1960.
It was there that I found a karate instructor called Sensei Joe Robinson who had the only full time karate & judo dojo situated in a large damp basement room in Rock Place, Kemp Town.
Sensei Robinson was 6ft 2ins tall with a very large muscular frame. He was a World 8th Dan judo champion, a weight lifter, and in his youth became known as the tiger after winning the European wrestling champion. He was also a black belt in karate at the time under Wado-Ryu master Sensei Tatsuo Suzuki eventually achieving 5th Dan.
Chief instructor, Hanshi Alan Gibson 8th Dan
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