Welcome to the official page for SHOTORAMA! Thanks for coming; peace and love…

We hope you will be able to join us in Guildford, on Saturday 29th September 2018, for a one-day celebration of shotokan karate. This will be something rather different and, with your help, hopefully rather unique! Come and join us for what could be the beginning of something special: a festival of shotokan karate and all its flavours, created and attended by your friends.

Across the KUGB, there are an enormous number of skilled and experienced karate instructors running their own clubs, but often we only get to be taught by the few that live nearby. Imagine what we could be missing! Over the years, at the special courses and squad trainings, we have made many friends – let’s start to bring them together!

It is our hope that SHOTORAMA will be a place to celebrate our experienced instructors, to meet and play with our friends, and most of all to share that love of shotokan karate which – literally, as well as spiritually – brings us together.

Have a look around the site, and stay in touch (we also have a facebook page) for more details as we announce lesson plans and workshop titles! Remember to sign up early for the limited-places workshops!

Best wishes from the SHOTORAMA team:

John Parnell, Neil Jerome, Avi Wolfsthal.

“Anything ‘-orama’ is fun.”    – Jerry Seinfeld



SHOTORAMA is super-excited to feature some great instructors from across the KUGB Southern region, bringing together a broad range of experience and technical knowhow, as well as a love of teaching karate. They are also fabulous people, having offered to come and teach at Shotorama for free!

Click through the links to fins our instructor profiles as we publish them.

Sensei Dave Graham, 6th dan, Basingstoke SKC

Sensei John Parnell, 6th dan, Basingstoke SKC

Sensei Dave Austin, 5th dan, Egham Karate Club

Sensei Neil Jerome, 5th dan, Kanshin Karate Club

Sensei Blyth Baker, 4th dan, Egham Karate Club

Sensei Kate Taylor, 3rd dan, Haslemere SKC

Sensei Chris Mulville, 3rd dan, Shiseikan SKC

Sensei Frank Jennings, 2nd dan, Senshi Karate

Sensei Avi Wolfsthal, 1st dan, Kanshin Karate Club

We are supremely grateful to all the SHOTORAMA instructors for helping to get this project off the ground and volunteering their time and expertise. Thanks to the SHOTORAMA committee – Avi, Neil, and John – who also did all the development and logistics work behind the scenes.


The schedule for SHOTORAMA is only one way in which we hope it will be unique; we aim to have 6 hours of karate teaching available, with something for all ages and levels. The workshop titles and descriptions are on the workshops page, and can be registered on booking to ensure a place. Shotorama-goers are welcome to attend all classes, or to come and go as they wish between sessions.

10:30 – 11:00 Registration & Welcome
11:00 – 12:30 Morning Class
12:30 – 13:30 Workshop Session 1
13:30 – 14:15 Lunch Break
14:15 – 15:15 Workshop Session 2
15:15 – 16:15 Workshop Session 3
16:15 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 17:50 Afternoon Class
17:50 – conclusion and farewell

Please make a note of which workshops you are interested in attending when you submit your booking. Details on the location and venue are here; please allow good time for driving – it is ok to arrive early and have a chat!


SHOTORAMA will be hosted at the Guildford Spectrum, chosen for being central enough in the region that hopefully travelling times are not too bad. The venue is accessed easily from the A3, on the East side of Guildford and not too far from the M25 junction.

The Spectrum has ample parking and modern facilities, including fairly reasonable showers, and places to eat and drink. SHOTORAMA karate sessions will take place in Arena B on the lower level. For more information about the venue and on how to get there visit the Spectrum website.






While it may not be possible to draw a direct line from the Woodstock Festival of 1969 to Guildford in 2018, it doesn’t mean we won’t try. One Thursday, over a drink after a club training at Kanshin, a small group of karateka got to talking, and piece by piece a manifesto was drawn up for what would, as you already know, become SHOTORAMA.

That manifesto was, in reality, just a list of wishes that captured some of the feeling in the room. We wanted to celebrate. We wanted to be trained by our friends, to find out what they knew that we didn’t. We wanted a ‘Karate Woodstock’. And once we laid our feelings out…

  • most instructors teach for love of karate, and the joy of teaching, but this is often lost in everyday training.
  • many of the friends we make in the karate world, through courses/competitions, are gifted instructors that we might never get to train under, only alongside.
  • all instructors, like all students, bring something unique to their clubs.
  • it is great to train and mix in with instructors and students from other clubs.

…it seemed crazy not to do something about it. We raised our glasses and felt extremely happy with ourselves.

And it might have ended there, were it not for the tenacity of Avi, who was already researching times and locations, and emailed us at half past one in the morning that very same night! Some of us, it seemed, had been thinking about this for a fair while longer, and apparently the idea had been brewing ever since a conversation long ago with Dave Austin. I recall having some of those conversations with the man myself over the years.

Almost by default, John and I were on board; how could we not be? Instead of conspirators, we had become the committee. We started to scheme, or whatever it is that committees do, and while Avi beavered away on the logistics of getting a space big enough for long enough for something special, I sent waves of emails out to our friends across the region. Chris was the first to jump on board, which gave us the faith we might connect with an audience, while Blyth and Kate kept us on tenterhooks for a while before coming up trumps, and John confirmed for Dave G using rokyudan telepathy. We managed to coax Frank out of central London. Other friends expressed interest combined with regret that they had clashes for that day, and their names were quietly put on the secret list for 2019.

Nonetheless, a team was forming. The dan grades were rolling in. The venue was confirmed. The sun came out and warmed our faces. The name ‘Karate Woodstock’ , as well as the proffered ‘kickfest’, was dropped in favour of ‘Shotorama’, and websites were begun. We had almost everything we needed, and it was time to tell the world that we were making something to be a part of. It was going to be big. And as the saying goes:

If you build it, they will SHOTORAMA.

See you there!