Renshi George Asargiotakis 5th DanHead of Area Senior Instructor
In 1979 started training in Jeet Kune Do. I trained for 2 years till I had to serve my national service in the army, After I finish my service in the army I came to live in England. I first tried to find a good martial arts club. The only one I came across was the Sama Organisation. I joined up and trained two or three times a week in the adult’s classes under my Instructors Shihan Jacobs and Kyoshi Tim Klus. I trained hard for four years, then graded for my Shodan – 1 st Dan.
As well as my training, I worked hard as a printer supporting my family. In early 1996, I passed my Black Belt and carried on training and helping out in various classes for a further two years. By doing this I learnt a lot and then began teaching a class of my own. I then decided that I wanted to become a full-time professional Karate Instructor with the Sama Organisation. So with permission from Hanshi & Shihan I started to open up classes in the Steyning and Henfield area. It was in 1998 when I started my very first class, and it proved to be very successful. So I then continued to open up more. After about three years, I branched out and expanded into Uckfield in East Sussex.
Three years after opening Sama Uckfield, Crowborough & Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks & Maidstone area
my schools have now been running for 22 years, and in this time I have trained many students from White belt through to Black belt 1st Dan and many of them are still going strong. In October 2006, I was awarded my Sandan – 3rd Dan, September 2013 I was awarded my Yondan – 4th Dan, April 2019 awarded Godan – 5th Dan, I am now Head area Instructor within Sama under the Chief Instructors Hanshi Gibson. I am very privileged to be taught directly by Hanshi Gibson in karate, kickboxing and kubudo (weapons training)
I am now working closely together with my eight Instructors and I take charge of the 1000 students who train weekly in Sama South East.
Sama South East is now a large part of the Sama Organisation. It spreads over East and West Sussex and into parts of Kent. This is a brief history of how it came about.
Sama South East first began back in 1998, where Sensei George Asargiotakis (at the time a 1st Dan student from Worthing), decided that as well as being a full-time printer, he also wanted to pursue his Karate career and become a Karate Instructor under the Sama Organisation.
Sensei began helping out and teaching in some of the classes in Worthing with Shihan Jacobs and Yondan Klus and started to gain lots of teaching experience. Several years later I started my first class at Upper Beeding school and St. Peters primary school Henfield. both classes were very successful, and I still run these every week. Then I decided to expand the Uckfield area up into Crowborough and further into Tunbridge Wells and last of all Maidstone.
Sensei Asargiotakis Has been training for 22 Years with the Sama Organisation teaches hundreds of children and adults each week in Sama south-east (West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent), He is responsible for all the instructors within the Sama south-east area, also running Kickboxing fight nights and Ring-Craft.
A Message from George to all his students…..