Vic Charles MBE 8th Dan
7x World Champion
5x European Champion
Victor John-Charles “Vic Charles” MBE (born Saint Lucia) is a British karateka. He has an 8th Dan black belt in karate and is the winner of multiple individual and team medals at the World Championship, World Games and European Karate Championships.
Vic Charles came 3rd in 1983 television competition Superstars. Vic Charles was awarded an MBE for Services to karate in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1989. This was the first time the sport of karate had been acknowledged in such a fashion. On retiring from competitive karate in 1990 Vic continued as Chief Instructor of British Sport Karate Association (B.S.K.A.) the Association he established in 1985. The Association dominated English karate competitions and won 2 European Club Team titles. The Association counted 3 World and European Champions as members Mervyn Etienne, Mike Sailsman, and Willie Thomas. Vic was appointed English National Coach in 1996 and became Technical Manager of the Performance Plan in 1997 until 1999, coaching England to their last major team title ‘European Men’s Team Champions’ in 1998 and both the men and women’s team to the 1998 World Team Championships final in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. He was a member of the original board of Karate England until 2006.