John Hurley 5th Dan

Sensei John Hurley Awarded 5th Dan

John Hurley 5th DanSensei John Hurley was delighted to be awarded his Godan (5th Dan) at the December kata course run by Sensei Peter Spanton.


This is a huge honor and recognition of John’s contribution to Karate in general and Higashi in particular. Since he was awarded his 4th Dan in North Wales in 2005, John has been very busy with the following:


1) Running the Luton Higashi Karate Club which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

2) Teaching children in schools both before and after school almost every day of the week.

3) Featured in a number of best selling DVDs on Wado Ryu Karate and Self Defence.

4) Consistently trained and fielded successful teams, both in kata and kumite in competition.

5) Co-founded  Power Dragons, a program to help disadvantaged children in schools through martial arts.


John looks forward to continuing his contribution and is determined to live up to his new grade.

1 thought on “Sensei John Hurley Awarded 5th Dan”

  1. Sensei John – a heartfelt congratulations to you, on achieving your Godan 5th Dan.
    I was once a Karate-Ka at Higashi Dojo Luton, before that, a friend from around town.
    I enjoyed cycling, swimming, weight-training. Quite deliberately solo sporting pursuits.
    You after years, had convinced me to come & train at your Dojo. I loved it from the start.
    I think you knew, it was something I could be passionate about for my ENTIRE lifetime.
    I made some lovely friends & I was at Ogwen Bank – thrown in a river – that was ACE!
    I’d love to chat with you, make some apologies & catch up, but you’re so busy now.
    It’s no surprise to me, that you spend a lot of time, in being where kids need you.
    Thank you so much for everything you showed me & helped me to understand.
    Desire; Dedication; Discipline; can’t remember the 4th. thank you Sensei (Rei).

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