Meiyo Karate Club - Sensei 'Wolf' Sunkmanitu


About the Instructor

I started training in Shotokan Karate at the age of 13 in Leicester in 1977. In those days there was real poverty in the area and I couldn't even afford a 'gi', just the bus fare and the cost of the training session. I earned that money by working after school in a chip shop!

I joined the Royal Air Force Police in 1981. It was a goal that I had been working towards since giving serious thought to what I wanted to do for a career. Unfortunately, I wasn't near a dojo during my service so the martial arts that we practised were the skills taught for our trade from an Aikido platform, as well as the training with colleagues from various martial arts that they were qualified in.

While living in London in 1986, I trained at the Marshall Street dojo for a while. I didn't start to train regularly again with the KUGB until being settled in Newquay in 1990. While there, I trained hard and never missed a grading. I also attended the Crystal Palace courses twice a year and trained under Sensei Enoeda.

In 1995 I was getting ready for my Shodan grading with Sensei Ed Stark when I was involved in a serious road accident that made it impossible for me to continue training because of the physical injuries. I never gave up on the intention to come back to karate and after moving back to Cornwall I served as an assistant instructor under a different affiliation to help a friend set up his club. During this time I was also diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from my military service. What I didn't know was that my Karate training was one of my key coping mechanisms for PTSD.

In 2010 I met Sensei Frank Brenan and we had a brief conversation about how training in Karate benefits people suffering with PTSD and he encouraged me to start training again.

It hurts to train as my physical injuries are still there and I have to learn new kata in a modular fashion because of a short term memory problem ... but I achieved 'Shodan' in 2012 under Sensei Andy Sherry & Sensei Billy Higgins and and my instructor qualification later in that year under Sensei Bob Rhodes.

I would recommend Karate to you as a discipline that is beneficial mentally, physically and spiritually. It helps you by providing basic physical fitness, an ability to defend yourself, develops confidence and provides the ability to focus, not just in Karate but also in other areas of your life (eg education and working lives).

My reasons for starting up a dojo are simple: I need to be able to break down the various moves that I have learned to date, in order to understand them better so that I can further develop my study of Karate. I also need to actively remember everything that I have learned on the way to Shodan (which can be difficult when you have a disability that affects your short term memory). When you teach, you have to facilitate these aims. The other reason that I started teaching was because a local business wanted me to start a dojo that understood the issues of multi-cultarism and discrimination that exists in society.

I studied Shindo Jinen Ryu for 5 years with the JKR. On 11 October 2015, I was passed as Nidan by Kaicho Yamazaki of the JKR. In 2019 I was passed Sandan by Sensei Lanham of the MAIUK.

Meiyo Karate Club is an independent dojo. We registered with MAIUK in 2018 in order to be free of the politics that seem to dominate some of the organisations that govern martial arts in the UK. We will stay that way to avoid the political scenarios that some organisations plunge their dojos into. Our policies are clear and published on the website. Come in to the dojo, leave the rest of the world outside, put your gi on and train. If you have experienced the politics that I have referred to above and just want to train and or teach Karate, Meiyo Karate Club may be a good 'home' for you.

You will not be subjected to any form of discrimination at this dojo. However, please be aware that we can't cater for all disabilities here because of the nature of our training; our emphasis is self defence and there is a lot of partner work involved that requires a good degree of focus. You're welcome to come in and train and see how you get on.

I have observed that people expect much from martial arts organisations without putting much effort into their individual training. All the grades are earned at this dojo. It's easy to give up, it takes courage to keep going and the rewards within are worth the effort that you put into your training.

If you have injuries and are coming back to train, or are in your advanced years, we can help you achieve your goals.

I aim to do my best for the people that are members of Meiyo Karate Club, please contact me if you're interested in training with us or teaching with us.


Villayat 'Wolf' Sunkmanitu, 3rd Dan
Dojo Cho
Meiyo Karate Club



Re Villayat Sunkmanitu Instructor of Meiyo Karate Club

I have known Villayat since 1994.  At the time he was a 1st Kyu and was preparing for
his Shodan grading.

He always trained hard giving his all to his karate.  Unfortunately he was involved in a
serious car accident and couldn't continue to train with me owing to his physical injuries.
He later moved back to Cornwall for a job transfer.

I was delighted to hear that he had started back to Shotokan Karate again and passed his
Shodan grading in September 2012. I am very pleased to hear that he will be instructing at
his own club.

I have always found him to be an upfront and honest man who cares deeply about his Karate,
physically and spiritually.  He is someone that lives by the 'Dojo Code'.

Sensei Ed Starks, 3rd Dan
Chief Instructor
Bristol Shotokan Karate Club





Sensei Andy Sherry and Sensei Frank Brennan

Kaicho Yamazaki

Sensei Terry O'Neil

Sensei Shaun Lanham

Sensei Mina Yamazaki

Sensei Wolf