Dev Barrett
ECKA Chief Instructor
WAKO GB Director of All Ring Sports
EKF Qualified Chief Instructor (Level 5)
8th Dan Black Belt (WAKO)
7th Dan Black Belt (IBK)
World Middleweight Champion (Full Contact)
European Challenge Cup Champion
British Champion (Full Contact)


Sensei Dev Barrett is the Chief Instructor and Grading Examiner for the ECKA (English Contact Karate Association). He has been on the ECKA Technical and Finance Committee for over 12 years.

Sensei Dev has been training in martial arts since 1971. He has trained in contact karate, shotokan karate, amateur boxing, kick boxing and spent a short time in Thailand on an intensive Thai boxing course. Sensei Dev has been a professional Karate instructor since 1982, and opened his full-time gym in Coventry in 1984.

Sensei Dev was a founding member of the BAFCA (British Amateur Full Contact Association) and the ECKA.

Sensei Dev is currently the WAKO GB Director of All Ring Sports and the Coach for the GB Full Contact squad. Prior to this, Sensei Dev was also a member of the EKGB Technical Committee for over 5 years.

Sensei Dev has an extensive collection of trophies and titles listed below are the major ones:
- 1978 - Shotokan Regional Champion (KUGB)
- 1980 - British Full Contact Champion (Middleweight)
- 1981 - European Challenge Cup Champion
- 1983 - World Full Contact Champion (Middleweight)
- 1990 - Silver Medal W.K.A. World Championship, Ocean City, USA (Over 35's)
- 1991 - T.S.S.K. Kumite Champion
- 1993 - T.S.S.K. Kumite Champion

In the year 2007, Sensei Dev was awarded his 7th Dan Black Belt by Kancho Henk Kuipers.

Following this, he was awarded his 7th Dan Black Belt by the ECKA/EKF in 2010.

He is an International Referee and Judge for both semi and full contact.

He is also an EKF Assessor for instructor qualifications and NVQs.

Sensei Dev's hobbies include Chess, learning to play the guitar and he also holds a private pilot licence.


Sensei Dev teaches in the centre of Coventry at his permanent full-time gym. For more information, see the Dev Barrett's Karate Club website.

He can be contacted via email or on his mobile phone: 07931 640488


Sensei Dev Barrett receiving his ECKA 7th Dan Black Belt from Sensei Red Walcott