The founding club in the southern region of England for Shotokan Karate. Sensei Dewey has been either a student or the instructor here since the late 60’s early 70’s. It is without fear of contradiction that it can be said any club you currently train at in the south was probably started by Sensei Dewey. Clubs as far afield as Petersfield, Brighton, Chichester, Sandhurst, Winchester, Billingshurst to name a few. Clubs like Portchester, University of Portsmouth, South Downs, Paulsgrove. Havant and many others all were started by Mick and passed on to other instructors as they became qualified. In fact it could be said had Mick been shrewder and franchised his model he could spend more time relaxing in the sun.
The current Portsmouth Karate Club still has Sensei Dewey teaching mainly on a Thursday, Sensei Stacey Crowe 6th dan teaches on Tuesdays and generally looks after the club in terms of registration and student administration. The club is still at the Portsmouth Academy in Fratton opposite St Faith’s Church where it has been through all the name changes of the school and since it moved from the first Portsmouth dojo at the Southsea Community centre. Lessons are on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s with the Junior club being first from 6.30pm. Adult classes start at 7.30pm.
The Shotokan of England Karate Union was founded by Sensei Mick Dewey in 1982. Originally named the South of England Karate Union, a change to Shotokan of England Karate Union was necessary when some northern English clubs joined. In 1984, due to the Unions growth, Mick Dewey invited his friend Dave Hazard (Hazard was a regular visiting instructor at Brighton Shotokan) to join as technical director of the SEKU. The HQ (Hombu) dojo for SEKU is Portsmouth Karate Club where Mick teaches to this day having begun teaching there in 1972. Mick and Phil Elliott founded many clubs around the south of England and in fact in his own words every karate club in the south of England currently owes its roots to the Portsmouth dojo and SEKU.
Brighton Shotokan was founded in June 1974 by Mick Dewey and Phil Elliott at the Sussex Sports Centre, Queens Square, Brighton. Phil Elliott stopped training around 1978/9 and Mick Dewey continued running the club then around 1980 he handed the responsibilities to club members Greg Wedekind, Will Davies, John Cave and Paul Bonnet, they continued running the club until the arrival of Dave Hazard. At the invitation by Mick Dewey and the agreement of the four instructors, Dave Hazard was offered the full-time teaching position at the Brighton club. Dave Hazard moved to Brighton in 1985 and built the club into an elite training ground for adults, mainly black and brown belts. Dave Hazard worked within SEKU until 2003.