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David 'Ticky' Donovan OBE - founder of Ishinryu Karate


David 'Ticky' Donovan OBE is a renowned British karate competitor and coach. He was the coach and manager of the British and English national karate teams from 1977 until his retirement from that role in 2008. In his role as coach, Britain won numerous European and World championship team gold medals.Ticky was awarded the O.B.E. in 1991,  for his achievements as a coach. In 2009, Ticky Donovan was awarded 9th Dan black belt by the World Karate Federation.

History of Ishinryu Karate

In 1973, combining his knowledge of Kyokushinkai, Wado-Ryu and Shotokan, Ticky decided to open a Dojo of his own in Dagenham, Essex, which formed the beginning of his own style of karate known as Ishinryu which means ‘All of one Heart’.


This style of karate has had significant competition success over the years and continues to be practised at a number of UK clubs, including as far reaching places as Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

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