Born in Oxford, Martyn has been involved in martial arts since the age of eight. He originally studied Judo before switching to Shotokan Karate in 1982.
He moved to Reading in 1986. Although he now lives back in Oxford, he is still a Senior Instructor with Reading SKC. He has coached many students from beginner through to black belt and higher and even on to England Squad. A number of his students have won National and European titles.
Now a 4th Dan, Sensei Martyn holds International Instructor, Referee and Examiner qualifications. As a result he referees at local, national and european competitions. Martyn has been invited to be a guest instructor at a number of clubs in London and the South, and regularly teaches/ trains both in Oxford and Reading.
Bjarke started karate when he was in high school in Denmark. He was so taken with it that he took a gap year between high school and university to go to Japan to train. He stayed for just over three months, with intensive training (three times day) at Hashiguchi Shinobu Sensei’s Seishinkan dojo in Kyushu.
He passed black belt (1st Dan) in 1982 and was graded 2nd Dan in 1986. By then he was studying Japanese at University and went back to Japan as an exchange graduate student for one and a half years , experiencing the teaching of some of the great JKA instructors of the time, including Asai, Osaka, Tanaka, and Yahara.
Work and family commitments curtailed training for a while. He came to Oxford to work in the University in 1999 and was able to get in to regular training again with the Oxford University Karate Club. He was graded 3rd Dan (Sandan) in 2013 by Osaka Sensei.
His work teaching Japanese linguistics takes him to Japan regularly and always tries to take advantage of the opportunity to train there, with some of the best instructors in the world.