About Ticky Donovan OBE

Ticky Donovan 2009

Ticky Donovan started training in Karate at age 18 in 1965 beginning his initial training with Tatso Suzuki in the style of Wado-Ryu. He also trained with other well known karateka over the years including Mr Shoimitsu, Miss Hayashi, Mr Kanazawa and Mr Enoda.

In 1973 Ticky formed his own style of Karate known as Ishinryu which means All of one Heart and is the current head of the Ishinryu Karate Association.

Ticky has been involved in British and English Karate as a competitor and coach; he won the British Championship Titles in 1973, 1974 and 1975 and in 1976 Ticky was part of the team that won the World Championships. He then went on to coach the teams that won the 1982, 84, 86, 88 and 90 World Championships an unprecedented five times. Ticky has coached many successful karateka including Juliette and Gillian Toney, Wayne Otto, Greg Francis, Rory Daniels, Alton Brown, Natalie Williams to name just a few.

After such a successful career Ticky was awarded the OBE in 1991 for services to karate. Ticky was awarded the grade of 10th Dan in 2019 by the England Karate Federation (EKF).

For more information about the career of Ticky Donovan O.B.E. 10th Dan, please see the linked article below:

Interview published by the English Karate Federation in November 2008