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Ticky Donovan O.B.E, Vice President

Ticky Donovan O.B.EDavid 'Ticky' Donovan O.B.E. is a renowned British karate competitor and coach. He was the coach and manager of the British and English national karate teams from 1977 until his retirement from that role in 2008 and was renowned as the 'Worlds Most Successful Coach'. He was often heard to say "make it happen". During his tenure as coach Britain won numerous European and World championship team gold medals. It was for his achievements as a coach that he was awarded the OBE in 1991. Ticky Donovan currently holds a 9th Dan.

In 1973 Ticky formed his own style of Karate known as Ishinryu which means 'All of one Heart'. This style has had significant competition success over the years and continues to be practised at a number of UK clubs as well as in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

  • 3 times British Champion
  • British, European and World Team Champion
  • British Team Manager / Coach – World Champions Taipei 1982, Holland 1984, Australia 1986, Cairo 1988, Mexico 1990

Ticky holds an annual summer intensive training course in St Osyth, Clacton-on-Sea during the third week of June. This course gives any Karate-ka from any style of Karate the chance to train solidly for 6 days with some of the best Instructors in the World. Karate can sometimes be turned into big business purely for financial gain and this is at the detriment of the Instructors and Karate-ka around them and it is never pleasant to see the results of that. Here we see the opposite. This is what happens when someone with a business mind gets passionate about the Art that they love and can afford to invest their time and money into it for the benefit of everyone. This is someone who has made it happen and who is living the dream.

Ticky was an appointed delegate on the interim Board of the English Karate Federation (National Governing Body of Karate) 2007/08.

Ticky was re-elected to the Board of the English Karate Federation (National Governing Body of Karate) 2008/09 and again for 2009/10 & 2011/13.


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