Bjarke Frellesvig - 4th Dan
JKA International Level D Instructor
JKA International Level D Referee
JKA International Level D Examiner
Bjarke started karate in 1979 in Denmark when he was in high school. 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 a day, six days a week) at Hashiguchi Shinobu Sensei’s Seishinkan dojo in Kyushu.
He passed black belt (1st Dan) in 1982 and was graded 2nd Dan in 1986, both by Tanaka Sensei and Bura Sensei. By then he was studying Japanese at University and went back to Japan as a graduate student for one and a half years, training at the JKA Honbu in Ebisu and experiencing the teaching of some of the great JKA instructors of the time, including Asai, Osaka, Tanaka, and Yahara.
He came to Oxford to work in the University in 1999 and started training with the Oxford University Karate Club, where he is now the Senior Member. He was graded 3rd Dan (Sandan) in 2013 by Osaka Sensei and 4th Dan (Yondan) in 2018 by Imamura Sensei.
He is also an active referee and has refereed at both national and European competitions. His work teaching Japanese linguistics takes him to Japan several times a year and he always tries to take advantage of the opportunity to train there.