HANSHI MARC HOWES
FOUNDER JIGOKU DOJO est. 1988
Hanshi Marc has been training in martial arts for over
forty years. He began training in Wadoryu karate in 1973 in Pembroke,
Wales and was twice junior Welsh Champion. He has fought in Knockdown
Karate and represented his country fighting all over the world,
including Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and Greece.
Hanshi has won two AKA British titles and also won his
category in Scotland's first independent Knockdown Championships. In the
early 90s he was the first to introduce Ashihara karate 'The Fighting
Karate' to Scotland. In 1993 he began groundfighting, learning from
Pancrase tapes (Catch Wrestling) sent from his friend Colin Whitehead in
Japan, he is acknowledged to be one of the first teachers of MMA in
Scotland. During this time he met Kaicho Bluming and his Kyokushin
Budokai system and at last Hanshi found the complete karate system he
had been looking for. He has been a direct student of Kaicho since then.
In 1992 Hanshi completed his 40 man full-contact fights
and then a year later in 1993 completed his 50 man fights, one of the
few to do 90 fights in two years (the Youtube video of the last 5 fights
is in 'Hanshi's old photos and videos').
Founder Kyokushin Budokai Goshin Do
8th dan Kyokushin Budokai
4th dan Ashihara Karate
3rd dan Tsuyoi Ryu karate
1st dan Wado Ryu karate
In 1998; at the age of 40 and just as he was completing
his Masters at Aberdeen University, Hanshi was asked by David McNally,
the captain of the University Judo Club to compete on behalf of the
University in the Scottish University Judo Championships at the Kelvin
Hall Sports Arena in Glasgow. Somewhat dubiously Hanshi agreed (he only
knew wrestling) and with a borrowed Judo gi entered on behalf of
Aberdeen University, he won all his fights and brought home the only
Judo gold medal for the University.
Hanshi Marc has taught all over the world and is one of
the few instructors to have taught in Cuba at Julio Carmenate's dojo in
Moron. He has taught at various summercamps all over Europe and taught
up to 400 students at a time! At the summercamp in 2006 at Budapest,
Hungry, Shihan was awarded his Rokudan (6th Dan), by Kaicho Bluming. On
15th May 2012 he was awarded his 8th Dan and title of Hanshi.
Academically, Hanshi was the first to write an
empirical sociological thesis on the UFC, entitled 'The Civilising of
the UFC', which was published and has since been cited many times in
other works and books.
Hanshi has for over 20 years worked with young people.
While currently he is working with gifted young people, much of his work
has been with young people with social, emotional and behavoural
problems. He is CALM (Crisis Aggression Limitation and Management)
trained, is a qualified first aider and holds an Enhanced Disclosure.
"Simple techniques, done with 'mindful repetition' and
tested in a variety of controlled stress situations is key to Kyokushin
Budokai Goshin Do'