I began my martial arts training in Shotokan Karate in 1974. My very first instructor was former KUGB British International Team member Sensei Jim Wilson, to whom I’m eternally grateful. In 1986 I was introduced to Shihan Leo Lipinski Chief Instructor and President of Seiwa Kai Great Britain, and and I began my journey in Goju Ryu Karate.
In 1989 I was a member of the first British team to enter the Japan Karate Federation Gojukai Championships in Takamatsu, Japan. It was at this time that I first met and trained under Katsutoshi Ishihara, Grandmaster (Kancho) of the World Shoseikan Karate-Do.
To be continued….