About Us

SAMA Organisation was first established in 1978 by our Chief Instructor Hanshi Alan Gibson 8th Dan in Brighton. SAMA Organisation has now established itself throughout six counties in the South of England.

SAMA Organisation is made up of over 75 Male and Female professional full and part time Instructors teaching thousands of children and adults each week in the style of Wado-Ryu karate and Kickboxing.

If you are interested in reading in more detail about the style and history of the SAMA Organisation please click here.


Hanshi Gibson 8th Dan

SAMA Chief Instructor

SAMA Organisation is headed by Chief Instructor Hanshi Alan Gibson 8th Dan. Originally from Govan in Glasgow, Hanshi Gibson is one of Britains highest graded black belts.

With over 54 years of training and teaching in different styles of karate and other martial arts with some of the worlds top masters he is also regarded as one of the most experienced karate teachers in Britain today.

Commended on local & national television for his karate skills and power as seen on "South today" "Meridian News" "Channel 4s Big Breakfast" and BBC's "That's Life".

He has been awarded Sussex County's top bravery award by the Head of Sussex fire service and presented by the Lord Mayor of Brighton for his courageous actions in saving the lives of a mother and her three children from a house fire.

The only karate exponent to be awarded the supreme medal of courage from the I.O.F. (world leaders against child abuse) from their headquarters in Toronto, Canada, and nominated for "Hearts of Gold award" and the Queen's award for bravery.

Click here to read more about Hanshi Gibson's history.

Click here to read how Hanshi Gibson punched through a double glazed window to save a family 

Yondan Lee Gibson with Hanshi, Shihan & Renshi

Head Area Instructor

The head area instructor Is Renshi Lee Gibson who holds the karate level of 5th dan black belt as well as 1st degree kickboxing black belt.

He is pictured here with his father 8th Dan Hanshi Gibson the chief Instructor of SAMA along with 7th Dan Assistant chief instructor Shihan Jacobs and Senior level 6th Dan Kyoshi Klus, all of which he holds great respect for. 

Lee has been training in martial arts for over 35 years.

He is in charge of overseeing the following areas: Eastbourne, Hailsham, Bexhill, St Leonards, Hastings and Battle.

Lee sees his father and trainer as his role model within martial arts and follows in his thinking that if you are a real black belt you should look and train like one.

Being brought up by his father to follow a strict daily training schedule with the belief showing by example is important and you should practice what you preach.

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