My first experience of studying karate was Wado Ryu, in 1974, under Tatsuo Suzuki while still at school in the UK. Moving to Sankukai and Shito ryu in the early 1980’s. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s I competed in many karate tournaments throughout the UK and Europe, in kata and kumite winning and placing highly in many of these events, as part a dojo karate team and individually.
I am the founder and chief instructor of the Shuri Karate Dojo and a member of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society (琉球唐手術国際研究会), established 1989 in Japan. An information based organization dedicated to studying, the origins, evolution and tactical application theories of old-school (Koryu) karate and kobudo. The founder and head instructor is Patrick McCarthy, 9th dan Hanshi.
I have practiced with, studied, and attended seminars with many of the top Japanese and Okinawan karate instructors who have visited the UK, Europe and the USA. One of the highlights of my karate career was being graded by Kenzo Mabuni Soke, the son of the founder of Shito-Ryu karate, Kenwa Mabuni, representing the group in the UK as their senior instructor.
Today I am a member of the Takahashi-ha no Ryukyu Shuri-te Karate-do Kokusai Renmei. Being their official representative and senior instructor, under Garry O’Connor Hanshi 10th dan. Kentsu Takahashi was a student of the Tenshin Katori Shinto Ryu, which is one of the oldest surviving martial arts in Japan. Takahashi Soke was a student of Kentsu Yabu and Choshin Chibana of Okinawa.
With knowledge and a deeper understanding of our karate, I enjoy sharing my experience gained in almost five decades in passing on this knowledge to my students. I try to be a dedicated martial artist, completing my own personal training on a daily basis at my home dojo. A retired EMT from the Ambulance Service in the UK, and early in my career I worked for Police service.
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