Wayne Otto

Karate athlete

Wayne Otto

Wayne Otto OBE is Britain's most successful karate athlete. He co-founded the University of Kent Karate Club in 1989, leading them to glory as national champions in the British University Sports Federation (BUSF) in 1991.

Born in London, Wayne Otto attended schools in Hackney and began training in karate at the age of 14. Four years later, he was representing England at the Junior European Karate Championships. In 1997, he became Britain's most successful karate exponent, gaining his ninth World Championship title at the World Cup Championships in Manila.

In 2000, he retired from competition karate, but continued to have a major input to the sport, first as Assistant Coach to the Great Britain and England National Team and then, in 2005 and 2008, as National Coach. Currently he is an international coach, in great demand with national teams and karate federations around the world. Wayne Otto's achievements in karate are recognised in the 2001 edition of the World Guinness Book of Records, where he is cited for having won the most World Championships for a male competitor. In the same year, he was awarded an OBE for services to the sport of karate.

Wayne received an honorary Doctor of the University in 2012, and in the same year became the Head Coach at the Norwegian Martial Arts federation.