Ed Barbor, 2nd Dan

Ed’s first experience in karate was in GKR in 2006 and he joined DKK in 2009. He has remained with the club ever since.

“The reason I train with DKK can be summarised as ‘because I don’t know whether I can’. At every grading I have reached a point where I’m unsure whether I can finish it and had to draw deeply from reserves which I didn’t know whether I had or not. Even lining up at the start has been a challenge sometimes – on one occasion I was so nervous on the way to a grading that I almost threw up. It’s this that makes me keep turning up for training and for gradings. It gives me a forum to test myself against criteria which I value, and to try and earn the respect of people I respect, and whose opinions I value.”

Ed graded to Shodan Ho at Summer Camp 2013 and was awarded the rank of full Shodan a year later in June 2014. In Summer 2016 he completed the gruelling 30 Man Kumite and was awarded the Nidan grade with DKK.


Yondan 4th Dan

Sandan 3rd Dan

Nidan 2nd Dan

Shodan 1st Dan