Shahinaz is a former diplomat who took up karate after her son Patrick (now 1st Dan), took an interest in karate. Both became JKA England members in 2009.
Shahinaz is a dedicated student and trains regularly 3 times a week at South London Karate Club with Sensei Martin Dobson (4th Dan), to whom she will always be grateful for teaching her the very first shotokan karate techniques. She also gets extra, valuable training with both Sensei Ohta and Sensei Tomlin as well as with many visiting Sensei.
After hard training and dedication she obtained her 1st Dan in May 2012 at the prestigious International JKA Spring Course at Crawley. Here the Dan grading was conducted by Sensei Osaka, Sensei Hirayama, Sensei Larsen and Sensei Ohta.
In July 2012, Shahinaz was also awarded her JKA England Coaching Licence Qualification. In February 2015, Shahinaz was awarded JKA England Level 2 licences for Referee and Instructor.
In September 2014, she gained promotion to 2nd Dan by Sensei Shiina, Sensei Sawada, and Sensei Ohta at the Crawley International Course.
Shahinaz regularly attends JKA England courses. In February 2012, she was awarded a special Attendance Certificate from Sensei Ohta for taking part in every national and international course during 2011. She attended the Kan Geiko(Winter Training) Course in Tokyo where at the JKA headquarters. She has also taken part in many JKAE karate competitions at which she has won gold, silver and bronze medals.