Shihan Ian

Shihan Ian

Ian Cooper Shihan Sensei holds a 6th Dan black belt in karate; also the founder and chief karate instructor of MSK Martial Arts.

Ian (commonly known as Shihan), has been involved within Martial Arts, pretty much all of his life, firstly being introduced to Karate by his Uncle at a very young age. He then, went on and trained in many different styles of martial arts.

Then re-igniting his love for karate again, started teaching in 1997. Having achieved great success in teaching and competing he decided to go Professional and began to teach karate full time in 2000.

Having learned how to run, maintain and keeping the authenticity of martial arts. It’s was in 2006, Ian decided to open MSK Martial Arts and then the full time venue Eastbourne was opened in 2012.

Ian continues to teach, train and compete. Has competed, Judged and coached for England and the U.K numerous times and holds numerous World, European and National championship titles in Points, Forms and Full contact divisions.

Since 2015, along with a few of the instructors, have trained in Okinawa with various teachers, however regularly training with Tetsuhiro Hokama 10th Dan many times. 

“The goal for MSK is continue the development of martial arts and instill the qualities and values that martial arts can give you, whatever style you train”

Completed a 50 man Kumite in 2008
He holds a title of Shihan (Master instructor) in 2008
6th Dan in 2018
Title of Renshi (polished Master) in 2012

2018 – Membership to Okinawa Karate Kobujitsu Kenkyu Kai