About us

A personal welcome from Sensei Daniel Kean-Cockburn . We started the Aem Hai School in 2005, and have been going from strength to strength since that time with students learning Shotokan Karate. This includes Kata, Kumite, Grappling, and Kobudo.

Aem Hai also has a small team of highly knowledgeable assistant instructors, both male and female.

We are able to offer fantastic opportunities for our students in terms of tournaments. Our own tournaments are large-scale and have been a huge success, offering a variety of categories including Kata, Kumite, Weapons and ground fighting. We also compete in tournaments hosted by other schools and organisations and these are open to any students who meet the entry criteria.

Our monthly squad training is run at Wensum Sports Center, every last Saturday of the month.

Vision

Within my martial arts school I have helped my students understand diversity, tolerance, understanding and compassion and I have built upon this. There is a zero tolerance to bullying. This requires a fine balance between maintaining and holding boundaries and encouraging free expression. Children and adults are empowered to fit in and achieve.

Meet our Instructors and Associates

CEO and Head Instructor

Sensei Daniel Kean-Cockburn

Phone: +44 793 1218065

E-mail: belvorn@yahoo.co.uk


Sensei Daniel Kean-Cockburn bsc (hons) Degree in psychology with art Conversion diploma in psychology. Membership to the British psychological society 2004 to 2008 Higher certification in counselling. 4th Dan Black belt in shotokan karate, 1st kyu toyama Ryu, Blue belt judo, Blue belt tae kwon do, Green belt jikeshin jiu jitsu, 2 tag white belt Gracie ju jitsu, 1st kyu ju jitsu kobudo, Grade 1 foil Grade 1 sabre Grade 1 foil stage performance.Gold at club level judo 4 X Norfolk karate champion Former British kick boxing champion World silver medalist 2012 Los Angeles USA.Ambassador for the martial arts disability association Head of Norfolk for the world martial arts council.

Yellow belt Hamudo 2017

Senior  Instructor.

Sam Walker

 

Black Belt 2nd Dan Nidan in Shotokan Karate, Kata coach for the Aem Hai squad and senior instructor under Sensei Daniel Kean-Cockburn. I am a trained referee at Aem Hai, and I am also part of the grading panel for both junior and adult gradings. I joined Aem Hai Martial Arts in 2013. I am also a 1st Dan Shodan in Toyama Ryu Batto Do with Fujiyama School, which I also joined in 2013. I started my martial arts training in my early teens, training in Kickboxing for 4 years. I also hold grades in Choy Li Fut Kung Fu and Lung Ying Kung Fu. And 4th Kyu in Ju Jitsu. I am a national gold medalist in Women's Individual and Mixed Team Tameshigiri. I have national silvers in Kumite and Kickboxing.Competing in AHMA tournaments, I have won golds, silvers and bronzes in Karate Kata, Kobudo, Kumite and Batto-Do, and a silver in Ne-waza, including Gold in Kobudo in Aem Hai National Championship 2017. I won gold in TSKR women's Kumite and Bronze in team kata in 2014.

Senior Assistant Instructor

Jason Perkins

 

I am an assistant instructor and trained referee at Aem Hai, and I am also part of the grading panel for both junior and adult gradings. A black belt 1st dan in shotokan karate. AHMA 2013 kumite 3rd place. TSKR 2014 kumite 3rd place. AHMA 2015 kata 2nd place. AHMA 2015 regional veterans kumite champion. Colour printer at Clays since 1988. Certfied training officer for colour printing.

Norfolk level kumite champion in 2017.

Assistant Instructor

Matthew Cook

 

Assistant Instructor and Head of Grappling for the Aem Hai Squad. Started Shotokan Karate at age 9. I have been doing Judo since 2009 and have completed the requirements for 1st Dan and am also a level 1 Coach with the British Judo Association. I have gained a Silver medal and several bronze medals in contest Judo and recently gained a Bronze medal at the first ever technical Judo competition hosted by the BJC (MAC). I was 2010 Attender of the Year and 2011 Senior Player of the year for Wymondham Judo Club. After an injury retired me from contest Judo, I returned to Shotokan Karate in 2013. I am currently a 2nd kyu at Shotokan Karate with Aem Hai achieving  my 1st Dan in 2017.
Married with two children, Lily and Jacob, who are both students of Aem Hai.
Qualified Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA)

i have won gold in 2017 in the BJC (MAC) regional competition.

Assistant Instructor

Sarah Hanrahan


I am an assistant instructor and trained referee at Aem Hai, and I am also part of the grading panel for both junior and adult gradings. I started training in Karate in 2008 at Bignold Primary School with Sensei Dan. Since then I have gained my Shodan in December 2013, and have competed and refereed in many competitions, in multiple disciplines, both at Aem Hai and elsewhere. I have also attended various seminars, including Shihan Fumio Demura’s seminar in April 2013.
 
Outside of martial arts I am a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award holder, for which I my karate instructing was part of the volunteering section. I am also a keen volleyball player, and was part of the East Region U16 Talent development team for my 3 years of eligibility. As well as Karate and Volleyball, I have taken dance classes since 2001, and performed at the Theatre Royal. I am also an enthusiastic netball player and was team captain for the 2016 season.
 
Academically I am an enthusiastic mathematician, and also enjoy chemistry, physics and French. I hope to go to university to study maths in October this year, where I intend to continue my karate training. I will also come back to train with Aem Hai whenever I can!

im graded to Ni-Dan with both Aemhai Martial Arts in Karate as well as the K.U.G.B.

I have won silver in the K.U.G.B. Nationals Women’s kumite and team Kumiteib 2017

I have won silver In K.U.G.B national Kata competition.

 

Assistant Instructor

Nigel Dye

1st Dan shotokan.

Assistant Instructor. 
Kata referee for Aem Hai Martial Arts.
Kung fu training for 3 years.

Assistant Instructor

Peter Wright

 

Currently a brown & black belt in shotokan karate. Support referee at Aem Hai tournaments.

I support AHMA squad where ever I can. I have some experience in kick boxing and ground fighting.

I have held the Norfolk record for the 90mtr hurdles (13.sec) since 1997 under 16s.

I have held the Norfolk record for the 100mtr Sprint (10.98 sec) since 2001 under 16s.

Door man in Norwich for the past 4 years with being one of the head doorman for the last 3 years for 4 venues.

1st place in Kombat Kobudo at the Aemhai national championship 2017.

1st place in Ne- Waza at the Aemhai national championship 2017.

 

Assistant Instructor

Laura Barber

 

Facilitator of our 'Fighting Fit' course.

Aem Hai Conditioning Coach.

Diploma in sports and exercise nutrition. 

Assistant Instructor

Trevelyan Alexander

 

Aem Hai squad combat and core fitness trainer.

 

Ex Military 13 years service. Trained in unarmed combat and teaching core fitness training

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