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Shihan Maria da Costa 5th dan, Started karate as a 13yr old in 1981. During her fighting career, she won many international titles in Point scoring and knockdown, wining the British Open 3 times and placed 3rd in the World Open Knockdown Championships held in Russia. Shihan Maria was one of the pioneers of full contact tournaments for Women in Great Britain and has been an inspiration to women karateka over the last three decades. During these successful years, she had three children who all now train and our successful karate exponents in their own right. Shihan Maria was the first female to obtain the rank of 5th Dan in the British Karate Kyokushinkai (BKK) this was awarded to her by hanshi Steve Arneil in 2007.

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Highlights

Year

Event

1981 Started Karate
1985 Earned Sho Dan (Black belt / 1st dan)
1987 Founded Docklands Dojo along with Shihan Nick
1989 Earned Ni Dan (Black belt / 2nd dan)
1990 1st place European team Clicker  championships
1990 1st place Swiss open Clicker Championships
1990 1st place British national Clicker Championships
1991 3rd place British national Clicker Championships
1992 2nd place British national Clicker Championships
1993 1st place British national wuko Championships
1993 1st place Belgian Open  Knockdown
1993 1st place First GB female knockdown championships
1993 30 man kumite test (successful)
1993 Earned San Dan (Black belt / 3rd dan)
1994 1st place Welsh Regional Knockdown championships
1994 1st place British Open knockdown Championships
1996 1st place Harlow Regional knockdown championships
1996 2nd place Spanish open Knockdown Championships
1996 3rd place British Open knockdown Championships
1996 British open most spirited Fighter.
1997 3rd place World Open Knockdown Tournament (Russia)
1997 2nd place British Open knockdown Championships
1998 1st place Spanish open Knockdown Championships
1998 1st place British Open knockdown Championships
1999 Founded Ilford Dojo along with Shihan Nick
2000 1st place British national wuko Championships
2000 Earned Yon Dan (Black belt / 4th dan)
2001 2nd  place British Team Kata Championships
2003 1st place British Team Clicker Champions
2007 Earned Go Dan (Black belt / 5th dan)