Colchester Shotokan Karate Club

Colchester Shotokan Karate Club

Affiliated to the Toyakwai Karate Association


Colchester Shotokan Karate Club is run by Paul Sumner 4th Dan and Ian Gardiner 4th Dan.

Sensei Tone 7th Dan is a regular instructor at the club whenever work commitments permit, the instruction provided by Sensei Tone is fundamental to the continued development of Paul and Ian's karate.

Paul Sumner 4th Dan.

Paul started training in Shotokan in 1992 at Loughborough University under Sensei Jim Edwards, 5th Dan SKGB. He began training at Colchester Shotokan Karate Club during the university holidays under the excellent tuition of Nicky and Shaun Bryant. In 1997 Paul passed his 1st Dan Shotokan grading under Sensei Joe Anderson (Senior), TKA. Paul started assisting with teaching at CSKC in 1998 and was made an instructor in April 2001 after passing his 2nd Dan.

In 1998, Paul started additional lessons in Jikishin Jujitsu with Sensei Colin Humbles, for a year before work commitments inhibited this. In 2000 he started at the Arena Kickboxing club and enjoyed the additional fitness and fighting skills this gave. In 2002 Paul was inspired by Keith Dwan, 6th Dan, Chief Instructor of the Dragon Martial Arts School to start kung fu classes and has progressed to 3rd Dan and also studies arts Tai Chi and Hsing-I, and a selection of traditional weapons.

Paul has enjoyed good competition success in National karate kumite and kata events. He has also competed in many kung fu competitions and has twice been national sparring champion in his weight division.

Paul feels that he owes much of his technical skill to the foundation that Nicky and Shaun gave him. The students will often hear “I know it’s hard, but that’s the way I was taught!”.


Ian Gardiner 4th Dan.


Ian first started training in Shotokan Karate in 1974 at Ancrum Karate School, Dundee under Sensei Jim Fraser, 5th Dan,  where he was graded to 3rd Kyu. Due to the demands of school work Ian stopped training. He joined Colchester Shotokan Karate Club in 1997 as a 10th Kyu, soon after his eldest son James (2nd Dan) started training under the instruction of Nikki and Shaun Bryant.

The importance of good basic techniques taught by Shaun and Nikki remain a fundamental part of the lessons taken by Ian at Colchester Shotokan Karate Club.

Ian was graded to Sho Dan October 2000, Ni Dan June 2003, San Dan in June 2008 and Yon Dan in June 2013 by Sensei Joe Anderson 7th Dan T.K.A.

Ian was made an instructor of Colchester Shotokan Karate Club in April 2001 by Nikki and Shaun Bryant.


Odysseas Christou (Sensei Tone) 7th Dan

Sensei Odysseas Christou, known in karate circles as ‘Tone’, is a regular instructor at Colchester Shotokan Karate Club. He started training in karate in April 1977 at the North London Shotokan Karate Club in Edmonton. His first grading was under Kanazawa Sensei. He passed his Sho Dan under Sensei Mick Billman in 1985, and a year later started his own dojo in Hackney, Tiger Karate Club which ran for 12 years. In 1987 Sensei Tone started refereeing competitions, and progressed to England National level. He also became the Chief Referee of the TSSK association, (Traditional Schools Of Shotokan Karate). Sensei Tone was awarded his 7th Dan by by Sensei Mick Billman (President - English Karate Federation) in December 2015. Sensei Tone teaches at Colchester Shotokan Karate Club whenever work commitments permit.