John & Gordon Warfield had been students of master KENSHIRO ABBE 10 th Dan, Master O’TANI 9 th
Dan and Master MICHIGAMI 9 th Dan. Along with some extensive studies of the ‘old’ French arts that
preceded Savate, namely Chausson & Sabot (sometimes written as Savaux), they had in the late
1950’s and early 1960’s, developed their OWN system which they termed GOSHINKWAI DEFENCE.
Their group was known as THE GOSHINKWAI OF WALES.
Master Abbe had registered and ratified their system and group with the Botokukai/Kyoto.
David had joined this group in 1970 and was graded to 1 st Dan Black Belt in February 1975.
David stayed with the Goshinkwai which had become part of Dr Rod Sacharnoski 10 th Dan in the
David left the ‘Goshinkwai Yawara Ryu’ as it became known in 1990 and became a member of two
other organisations. The British Combat Association (B.C.A.) with Peter Consterdine & Geoff
Thompson who at the time was a private student of David, and also David was studying under the late
Master Phil Milner 10 th Dan of the I.B.A.
From the early 1980’s right through to 2018 David had been traveling the U.K. doing seminars on his
unique systems as well as having articles and columns in all the martial arts magazines at the time.
David has also been inducted THREE times into the martial arts Hall of Fame. Once in 2003 via
‘Combat’ magazine, then again in 2012 & 2013 via ‘ Martial Arts Illustrated’ (M.A.I.)
After TEN years of the S.D.F. David also launched a more ‘martial arts’ type organisation with the ALL
STYLES MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION OR ASMAA. The two organisations ran very smoothly and well
together and in 2019 they amalgamated to become ASMAA-SDF.
David has well over SIXTY years involvement with the self-defence aspects of the martial arts. He had
tried several systems/styles, including Judo, Ju-Jutsu, Karate, Kempo, western Boxing & Wrestling
until 1970 meeting up with the two WARFIELD brothers of South Wales.
Richard Lane is our Deputy Head, and senior Training Officer. He also ‘runs’ the S.D.F. on a daily basis, being the main man to go to for all matters pertaining to the day-to-day running of the organisation. As well as his training role, Richard is the ‘go-to-man’ for all matters of insurance, DBS checks, first aid etc.
He also has his own ‘Healing Clinic’ in Notts the YAKUSHI HEALTH CENTRE, specializing in all forms of ‘alternative medicines’ such as Acupuncture, Reki etc. Richard is highly skilled and qualified in all these fields, which he hopes to extend to both SDF & ASMAA members.
Paul is a long-time member/student of the martial arts and also of Andy Crittenden’s ACMAC club in Doncaster. He is currently a 3rd Dan Black Belt in SDF-Goshinkwai at ACMAC, being graded by David Turton 10th Dan.
Paul, along with his partner Dawn O’Hara runs his own business providing Training services in ALL aspects of Personal Safety-Self Protection & Self Defence. He has been a full-time professional in these fields for several years at the highest levels.
Their business is known as ‘Instincts Training Ltd’.
As well as being the partner with Paul Bell in ‘Instincts Training Ltd’, Dawn is also the S.D.F.’s main business advisor being highly qualified in these fields.
So, it is clear we have an excellent committee who are also well supported by our enthusiastic Area Reps, and we will of course be appointed more as time goes one.
However, currently we have the following-
· DANIEL BARFOOT 3RD DAN – EAST SUSSEX AREAS.
Daniel is based in EAST SUSSEX where, along with his wife SARAH, they run the U.M.A martial arts club. Daniel & Sarah’s main martial art is Kickboxing, although they are also qualifying in SDF-GOSHINKWAI and the SDF’S Instructor’s programmes. A very forward-thinking club.
· PAUL BELL 3RD DAN – SOUTH YORKSHIRE AREAS
See Paul’s profile above. Paul is willing to travel to our clubs to teach all and any of the SDF’s programmes. Contact details later.
.RICHARD LANE 5TH DAN – NOTTINGHAMSHIRE & SURROUNDING AREAS.
Richard is our senior training officer and is also willing to come to to clubs to pass on his extensive knowledge and also offer gradings etc.
· GRAHAM LEIGH 4TH DAN – HAMPSHIRE & AREAS
Graham has been involved in the martial arts for decades, especially the self-defence aspects. He has been presenting his skills for schools, colleges etc for many years with great success.
· RICHARD MITCHENER – ESSEX & AREAS.
Richard heads the group ‘SDF ESSEX’ and specializes in spreading sensible self-defence methods to his members. A fully qualified senior instructor in self-defence.
These are our area reps at the moment, but this list will grow as we appoint more. Any one of our wonderful instructors or club heads can apply to be an area rep for the S.D.F.