Welcome to Okami Martial Arts, We live in an increasingly stressful and violent society. Each day we go through life with the same humdrum routine, along with our anxieties, fears, doubts and concerns. By training in martial arts, we can strengthen our minds and bodies to prepare us for life's obstacles.
Training with Okami will give you the opportunity to turn all this negativity around us, into an empowering positive one. It will help your children say NO to negative peer pressure, and teach them how to focus and concentrate. You will see increases in physical fitness, flexibility, confidence, self esteem & self-defence awareness.
Sensei Ozel Osman
Our schools are overseen and directed by 5th Degree black belt Ozel Osman. Sensei Osman (Sensei is Japanese for Teacher) began studying the martial arts way back in 1973. He had experienced a bit of bullying at school and both he and his parents thought it would be a good idea to learn some self-defense.
Little did they know how important that decision would become in young Ozel's life!
Seven years later, in 1980, Sensei earned his first degree black belt. Now completely absorbed in his study of the martial arts, he began making training trips to Japan where he sought out, and studied, with some of the world's most renowned master's of karate.
Over the years, besides a rather rigorous personal training schedule, Sensei attended a wide variety of instructor training courses here at home and abroad, with top Japanese and European coaches.
Sensei Osman competed at local, national and international tournaments, most proudly representing England on the Goju-Kai team and with a number of successes in individual and team forms (kata) and sparring (kumite). Sensei also trained in Muay Thai boxing in Thailand (read: hard work) and was, honored as Castle Point Sports Personality of the Year, and Southend Sports Coach of the Year 2012.
Sensei Osman is an Internationally Qualified Karate coach, and has enhanced CRB disclosure (child protection), first aid and Fitness Instruction qualifications.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be a martial arts teacher. I try to teach with a balance of humor, play, intensity, and focus. My goal is to treat my students with more respect than they treat me –and to serve as a role model for them not as a karate teacher, but as a compassionate and engaged human being. That is what I have learned from my teachers, both in and out of the martial arts –and it has become my mission in life to pass it on."
Sensei Ozel Osman
Age: just gone 21
Occupation: Cardiac Nurse Specialist
Hobbies: Karate, Muay Thai, and rugby union level one rugby coach, train U10's at Westcliff RFC. Only started karate 2 years ago, only regret is that I didn't start sooner. Played rugby and did lots of athletics before I passed 21!
Jo Bushnell - Club Treasurer
Age: Hopefully younger than I look
Occupation: Mum to two little monsters
Hobbies: Swimming, Karate and eating chocolate (hence the first two). Love the Karate, as there's something very satisfying in being allowed to hit stuff and big blokes - stops me beating the kids!
Sam Maguire - Child Protection Officer
Is a mum of 3,and is our Child Protection Officer,
Sam has been a loyal member of Okami for several years.
As well as having a degree in Psychology, including Child Development, Sam is also a trained Hypnotherapist (look into my eyes!)
She currently works as an L.S.A. at a local primary school and teaches Karate fitness classes to 4-7 year olds (KS1)Sam is very committed to the physical development of young children, believing it is to go hand in hand, with their emotional, and academic development.