Masao Kawasoe sensei, 8th Dan JKA, was born in 1945. He began his martial arts training in judo and at the age of 15 saw a karate demonstration. This so impressed him that he started looking to find a dojo to train. One of his first instructors was the world famous Sensei Tsuyama, who’s home was in the same town, Saga City. Training through his high school and then going to the famous karate University of Takushoku, he continued to train with Sensei Tsuyama.
This training took the form of 6 days per week, 3 hours per day for 4 years. During this time he was spotted by the Japan Karate Association and invited to take full time JKA instructors course under Sensei Nakayama. He successfully completed this over the next 3 years. Upon graduating as an international JKA instructor, Sensei Nakayama said of him, “Through his mastery of karate basics he has come to reach a level few achieve, his technique inspires all who see it to strive for the ideals of Shotokan Karate.” High honour indeed from the then Head of the JKA. He then taught in Taiwan and Madagascar before arriving to Britain in 1974. His dedication to tradition, quality and manners is universally acknowledged, with few able to perform the physical demands he makes of himself. He has a world-wide following of senior students who have been with him and followed tradition by developing and teaching excellent Shotokan Karate. Long may this continue and, in his own words: “I am lucky to have good karate, but even more I am lucky to have good students to carry it forward. My wish is to leave something worthwhile behind for everyone. My life is then complete.”
Watch here Kawasoe sensei’s compilation video.
Roy Tomlin sensei MBE, 6th Dan JKA, was born in London in 1955 and attended South East London Secondary School in Deptford. Sensei Roy was one of the late Sensei Enoeda’s senior students and served as a Committee Member and Instructor at Sensei Enoeda’s world famous Marshall Street Dojo, the HQ of the JKA in the UK up until it’s closure in 2000.
He began his karate career in 1972 when he trained in the Kyokushinkai style. In 1977 he progressed to train in the Shotokan style with the Thames Group, and in 1982 he joined the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB). In 2003 he joined JKA England, where he was the Head Coach for the England Squad, a member of Technical Committee and a Grading Examiner.
Sensei Roy is also Technical Advisor to JKA Malta since 1990 as per direct Instructions of Sensei Enoeda to develop the JKA way on this beautiful Island.
Sensei Roy opened his own Dojo, Lewisham Shotokan Karate Centre in the Borough of Lewisham South East London in May 1983 and has been teaching in Lewisham continuously ever since. Sensei Roy is a well-known and popular figure in the community having taught generations of students. He is regularly stopped in the street by people who say “You used to teach me and my dad Karate when I was a kid”.
Sensei Roy still remembers every student and still teaches with the same passion with which he started 33 years ago. In the intervening period, Sensei Roy has achieved an impressive CV. Click here to view.
Watch here Roy sensei’s compilation video.
Ken Hori sensei, 6th Dan JTKI / 5th Dan JKA, is the Chief Instructor and the founder of Cambridge Karate Dojo. Ken began training karate in 1987 with Cambridge University Karate Club under Eric Pich Sensei, with regular visits by Keinosuke Enoeda Sensei. From 2005 till 2019 Sensei Ken trained regularly with Ohta Sensei, the Chief Instructor of JKA England, at Oasis Shotokan Karate Club in London.
Sensei Ken competed in both kumite (fighting) and kata (set forms) until 2015. His achievements include both individual and team medals at BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Championships (for which he was awarded the Cambridge Full Blue in 2001), KUGB Central Regions, KUGB National Students, KUGB Nationals, JKAE Nationals, JKAE Shotokan Cup and Four Nations Championships. In 2012 Sensei Ken was the Men’s Individual Kata champion at both JKAE Nationals and JKAE Four Nations Championships.
Sensei Ken now referees at JKA competitions in England and Europe, and is found regularly translating for Japanese instructors at international courses both in England and Japan. Sensei Ken holds Instructor (B), Referee (B) and Examiner (C) JKA International Licences. He was also the JKAE national team Squad Coach with Sensei Roy as the Head Coach until 2019.
Through his regular training with Japanese instructors at Head Quarters, Sensei Ken’s aim is to bring traditional JKA karate taught at the Honbu Dojo in Japan, which he visits annually, to students in England.
Watch here Ken sensei’s video from a course.
Meet our 6th Dan Karate Instructor, George Taylor sensei, 6th Dan JTKI / 5th Dan JKA, All Africa games medalist, and fitness expert with over 25 years of experience in the industry. At 56 years young, he has achieved more in his lifetime than many could dream of.
As a former captain and coach of the Zimbabwe national karate team for over 10 years, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. He achieved his black belt at the young age of 16, setting the stage for his illustrious career in martial arts and fitness.
In addition to his karate accolades, he is a qualified mental health first aider and personal trainer, dedicated to helping others improve both their physical and mental wellbeing. He enjoys training, fishing especially on Lake Kariba, and spending time with his grandchildren.
His passion for karate & fitness has led him to explore a variety of other training methods, including resistance bands & pad work which are easy on the joints and highly effective. He loves to watch his two younger children playing sports and is dedicated to changing people’s lives for the better, both physically and mentally.
Watch here George sensei’ Tekki Shodan.
Mick Farquharson sensei, 4th Dan JKA, started training in 1996 with TASK Association. He was then invited by a close friend to train at Stevenage Karate Club, this is where he became engrossed with Shotokan Karate. At this time the Chief Instructor of Stevenage was Sensei Derek Oakley 3rd Dan JKA. With Sensei Derek’s guidance Mick would gain the knowledge to pass all of his ku grades successfully.
In 2003 Sensei Derek handed the club over to his assistant instructor Tom Peebles 3rd Dan at this time. After this Mick would become more involved in teaching and would become an assistant instructor within the club. Mick remained an assistant instructor at the club until 2019. At this time he decided to open his own club, which is now part of Japan Shotokan Karate England (JSKE), who are affiliated to the Japanese Karate Association World Federation England (JKAWF).
Mick has taken part in various national competitions over the years. In 1998 he won first place in kata and second place in kumite in The Southern Regions.
Throughout his time training, Mick has passed National Instructor and Judging exams 3,2 and 1, and has a fully enhanced DBS Certificate and Coaching License. He has achieved a certificate in Child Protection in Sport and is a qualified first aider.
Dan Walsh sensei, 1st Dan, was born in Cleveland Ohio and until the age of 24 grew up in rural eastern Ohio in “Amish Country”. At the age of 24, Dan took up ballet classes as part of his physical therapy for injuries sustained in a severe car accident. As a complete fluke, that led to him being accepted into a local prestigious performing arts college in the aptly named Painesville, Ohio a few years later. During his study for a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in fine performing arts, he danced for several small companies and had a one season premier dance gig for the Ohio Light Opera Company as well as a decent stage acting career, singing in musicals and light opera productions. That led him to an acting career which included 3 years, in residence and touring, with The Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, television and film spots and more stage acting in London. Due to a second almost identical car accident in England, Dan took up ultra-distance running, clocking up approx. 35,000 career miles while training for and carrying out events in many countries around the world to raise money for children’s charities and hunger issues. His charity vehicle for those events is responsible for raising roughly £2 million.
His Karate career began as a gift to himself for his 50th birthday in 2008, as he decided to move away from ultra-distance running. Having seen and been inspired by his son at karate training at an after-school club, he decided that Karate was a physical pursuit that he strongly connected with; athletically, due to his long career in running, artistically, due to his previous involvement in ballet, and ideologically. This fresh start at a turning point in his life has now lead to him start his own dojo, and to commence teaching others, mainly children, the art of Karate-Do after 10 years of training. Despite this being a relatively short period, Dan believes that he can call on and incorporate his own experiences from previous endeavours, bringing in training ideas from the world of ultra-marathons, classical ballet and stage performance, to the way he teaches karate to those who train at his dojo. The dojo officially opened on August 8th 2018, to mark his 60th birthday. All are welcome and there are no excuses good enough for him for anyone to not take up karate as a healthful, exciting pursuit. Karate and Karate Do is for everyone.