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The Practical Karate Association is part of the British Combat Karate Association (BCKA) with English Karate Federation (EKF) membership and recognition, and teaches DART Karate and Shotokan Karate with a focus on self defence.

John Titchen is the Chief Instructor of the Practical Karate Association and a member of the British Combat Association (one of the leading groups for close-quarter combat, self-protection and practical martial arts). He is best known internationally for the creation of realistic safe scenario training and his work on legally underpinned self defence, but he is also respected in the karate community for writing a number of critically acclaimed books on the effective application of traditional karate kata.

John’s seminars, books, youtube videos and articles have become very popular with the growing number of groups and individuals looking to enhance their own training through a pragmatic approach to the practical application of traditional martial arts for effective self defence. In addition to his books, John has been a regular contributor for Traditional Karate Magazine, Combat Magazine and Jissen. He now writes articles on self defence and applied karate for his blog, and contributes to a number of leading martial arts forums.

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"Karate is undergoing a revolution. Not a revolution that uproots the past, but instead one that returns to the past to water the roots of our tradition so that, after decades of stasis, it may grow and flourish. There is no doubt in my mind that John Titchen is one of the leading lights of this modern revolution (re-evolution?)."
Iain Abernethy, 6th Dan, World Combat Association.

"Dr Titchen's current work adds to the body of knowledge in the martial arts."
Rick Clark, 8th Dan, Chief Instructor AoDenkou Kai.

"One of the most enjoyable days training ever, after many years of traditional tkd training this felt like the missing piece of the jigsaw! Well constructed with good feedback, a great leveller, physically tough and emotionally challenging but ultimately most enlightening....... must come back!"
Tom Coleman, 7th Dan, Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain.

"I am the Canadian Director of the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association and have been involved in martial arts and Law Enforcement for many years now (far too many than I care to mention). John is someone who I have known for some time now and I wholeheartedly endorse his approach and his teachings. Everyone - especially "seasoned" or experienced martial artists - should make 2014 the year they train with John any chance they get to see how much of what they know is applicable and more importantly how much isn't. I don't endorse many people, and believe me I do get asked a lot; this is one I am happy to offer without being asked."
Sifu Jay Cooper, Canadian Director of the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association.

"I have been training in the martial arts for over twenty years and have been fortunate enough to have had some very good instructors. It is not often that I am truly impressed by another instructor, but John Titchen struck me as being on a different level to most. A true understanding of his subject matter, backed up by a very impressive CV. Since training with John and his students I am keen to expose my own students to his training."
Simon Sheridan, Senior Instructor IMA Concepts.