SBKA Karate Instructors

Sensei Steve Langbridge - Black Belt 7th Dan
Sensei Steve Langbridge - Black Belt 7th Dan

Sensei Steve started training in 1972 under Master Tatso Suzuki in Wado Ryu at the Judd Street Dojo in London.


Sensei Meiji Suzuki took over the running of the club in 1974 and together with Sensei George Canning, developed the Mugendo system where Steve continued to train for many years.

Sensei Steve Langbridge

In 1978 he also joined a small club at his home town. The Sands Club was run by Sensei Dave Chapple with a style based on Kyokushin. This club was subsequently taken over by Sensei Mike Lawrence, a Kenpo Instructor who continued to run the club with Sensei Steve until 2005. The club is now run by the current instructors.

In 1980 Steve also joined a local Wado Ryu club run by Sensei Dave White where he trained for 4 years before leaving to join a Shotokan Club run by a student of Master Kanazawa. He continued to train here and with Sensei Mike until 1991 when he obtained his Shodan. The Sands Club was reformed as the Prestwood Karate Club in 1990. In November 2008 with the closure of the Bisham Abbey venue, South Bucks Karate Academy was formed with Clubs at Prestwood and Maidenhead.


Sensei Steve was awarded his 7th Dan-(Shichi Dan) by Roy Stanhope - 9th Dan, in October 2023.

Sensei Roy Stanhope Black Belt 9th Dan - Awarded Sensei Steve a certificate for Outstanding Achievement in April 2018. An award he was truly honoured to receive.


In July 2008 Steve trained in Okinawa - Japan, under Master Meitasu Yagi (10th Dan) in Kata, Kihon and briefly Kobojutsu. There is a write up on this site

Sensei Julian
Sensei Julian Griffiths - Black Belt 4th Dan

Sensei Julian started his Martial Arts career in 1976, training in White Crane Kung-Fu. He felt unsuited to this style but continued until the Instructor closed the club.

After searching for some time he joined the Booker Karate Club initially under Dave Chapple and subsequently Sensei Mike Lawrence.
This club reformed as the current SBKA in 1990.

His interest in the martial arts paved the way to further studies in Judo and JuJitsu. In 1991 he expanded his training into Boxe Francaise Savate and Kali, training with some of the foremost instructors in these styles.

In April 2018 Julian was awarded his 4rd Dan (Yon Dan) by
Roy Stanhope - 9th Dan

Sensei Julian now trains and teaches at the South Bucks Karate Academy.

Sensei Harry
Sensei Harry Lock - Black Belt 2nd Dan

Sensei Harry started training in Martial Arts in 2009 at his local Wado Ryu club, under Cleveland Bailey, when he was 10 years old. During his training here, he achieved his 2nd Dan (Ni Dan) in 2015, before slowing things down in 2017 to focus on his studies.

Whilst at University, Harry gained some beginner experience in Fencing (foil) and Kalaripyattu (an Indian Martial Art), as well as training in other areas which would indirectly influence his martial arts journey such as Yoga, Alexander Technique and Meyerhold’s Biomechanics.

After graduating, Harry returned to Buckinghamshire and joined the SBKA in 2022 where he continued his training. In 2023 Harry received his Level 2 Instructors Certificate from Sensei Steve Langbridge (7th Dan).