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Mike Billman

Mike Billman started training in Karate in 1969 after retiring early from rugby after suffering a serious back injury. He first trained under John Van Weenen, and then Mike Randall MBE.

He moved on to join Sensei Kato and during his Karate career he competed for the Japanese-run Kodokai association.

He is Vice President of the British Karate Federation and is also Technical Liaison for the BKF to the European & World Federations

Mike is also Chairman of the European Karate Federation Technical Commission and is a member of the European Karate Federation Sports Commission.          

He is the Secretary of the World Karate Federation Technical Commission and regularly attends WKF Sports Commission meetings.

He trained and took all of his gradings under Senseis Kanazawa, Enoeda, Miyazaki, Asano, and Kato, and received his 9th Dan certificate in December 2017, completing 50 years in Karate in February 2019.

Mike previously owned a company dealing with the personal protection of visiting Royalty, Diplomats, and other such VIPs, and was himself a bodyguard from 1980 until he retired from actively protecting clients in July 2008 to concentrate on other aspects of the business.

He is still a SIA qualified Close Protection Officer (renewed in March 2019) and he is a Lecturer on CTP (Career Transition Partnership) courses for SIA qualification for those leaving the Armed Forces, and has a City & Guilds 7303 Teaching in the Public Sector qualification. He is also a qualified Conflict Management Instructor