Sensei Mohammed Qwareeq (1981) is the Co-Founder and Chief Instructor of Okinawan Karate School (OKS) - based at the London Dojo and, the President of the Palestinian Union of Karate-Do Association (PUKA).
Sensei Qwareeq started his Karate Career in 1992 with Master Wajih Aldarawish, in Jordan and obtained his 1st Dan in 1994. In the same year, Sensei Qwareeq started to play a bigger role and more interest in the discipline of teaching karate and was Master Wajih's youngest ever Teaching Assistant at the age of 14.
In 1995 Sensei Qwareeq won his first Jordanian National Kata Championship which allowed him also the qualification into the Jordanian Karate Team. The winnings continued between Gold, Silver and Bronze positions from 1995 to 1999, 1 year after obtaining his 2nd Dan qualification (where 50 students took the grading test, 10 qualified with Sensei Qwareeq ranking 1st) . Sensei Qwareeq enjoyed his competitive spree from 1992-1999, where then moved back to his home country Palestine to open his first Karate Dojo in Awarta, which still exists today and is run by his student Sensei Younis as the OKS Palestine Dojo & PUKA Palestine Branch.
At the age of 18 Sensei Qwareeq was the youngest ever Karate Sensei with a Dojo in Palestine and with his unique and special ability in teaching he had the highest karate level in the county within only 8 months. Of both of the Championships he entered in 1999 & 2000 he gained the title for both Kata & Kumite as the Gold Medalist. His students followed in his footsteps, winning the Team Titles with the most medalists in most of the Championships that they participated in and who became well known and famous for their Karate Demonstrations and shows around the country. Also, in the year 2000 Sensei Qwareeq competed for Palestine in the JKA World Championship in Wales winning 5th place in kumite.
The year 2000 was the last opportunity for Sensei Qwareeq to compete in his Country when the 2nd Intifada took place and Tournaments ceased around the country. During the Intifada and up until two and a half years into Sensei Qwareeqs Sports & Psychology Degree at the Al-Najah University, Sensei Qwareeq went on to qualify in Budo. With the success of the teaching and karate level Sensei Qwareeq was able to open 4 Dojos and 1 Gym between cities with more than 600+ students.
Sensei Qwareeqs level and discpline was barred high in aiming to produce only the best Karate-ka, so much so that he only ever passed 3 athletes up to the 1st Dan rank.
Life became extremely difficult after the Intifada, being unable to travel into the city to attend and complete his University Degree, daily struggles of survival, lack of jobs and money meant most stopped paying their karate training fees and soon after one by one the Dojos began to close. Only the Awarta Dojo survived where Sensei Qwareeq had to remain based in his hometown due to curfews and restrictions on travel. Out of 120 students only 22 were able to support their karate lessons.
Sensei Qwareeq was unable to survive and help in the way he wanted and took the big decision of moving to the UK in order to try and support himself, his karate and somehow further the possibilities in karate that soon became extinct back home for his students.
Once settled in the UK, Sensei Qwareeq continued his karate at Stockport Shotokan Karate with Sensei Mo. Chebouli for over 3 years - winning the U.K.T.K.F UK Championships in 2006 and 2008. Sensei Qwareeq later moved to London with his Turkish wife Pinar C. Qwareeq and together they founded the Okinawan Karate School. From a small East London Community Centre back in 2011 the dream to build a safe and sincere, purpose built and honestly run Karate School for children in the UK and for children in Palestine was born.
The same level and discipline Sensei Qwareeq expected of his karate-ka in Palestine remains with him now and is the same philosophy that he teaches by today. Displayed by all of Sensei Qwareeqs students past and present, for 4 years he has trained from zero; National, European and World Class Karate Champions at the Okinawan Karate School and continues to do so to this date. As well as teaching Sensei Qwareeq is also still an active competitor himself.
Chief Instructor Sensei Mohammed Qwareeq, 5th Dan Shotokan