Director of Coaching                   Shotokan Karate Union

director of coaching Shotokan Karate Union

Kirkham Sensei 7th Dan is the current Director of Coaching to the Shotokan Karate Union, he is a Japanese trained and Graded Traditionalist, who has over 5 decades of fighting arts experience under his belt, starting his life long fighting arts journey in 1965. He has trained with the worlds foremost Japanese authorities and he is renown for his close attention to the smallest details, he has a very polished, classical style to his performance, which he personally attributes to the influences that various Japanese instructors have had on his long career, and his strong belief in " the revisiting of and the practicing of ones Kihon & Kata, no matter what stage one is at on ones journey! " He has coached Internationally at martial arts dojos around the world, and also for professional individuals and clubs from other sporting disciplines such as (athletics, rugby, ice hockey), educational authorities and government departments. He is responsible for the direction and progression of technical standards within the Shotokan Karate Union's worldwide membership. He blends the traditional Japanese coaching methods with the advancements in modern sports coaching and sports sciences, combined with his experience and qualifications in the medical field, and the addition of Sports-psychology and Sports-hypnotherapy techniques, he really does have a unque and holistic approach to his methodology and his coaching philosophy. He was the driving force behind the successful "Coaching award scheme", he is also a published author of numerous titles and a contributor to various International magazines, on the Shotokan Karate-do system as well as being technical advisor to several other Karate organisations. He believes that hard work under the guidance of a qualified coach is the only true way to produce long term results.

"Shotokan Karate is the everyday study in pursuit of technical excellence & self improvement."

"There are no details too small in the Shotokan Karate-do system that are not worthy of closer study."

“Keeping in touch with tradition.”
50th year anniversay sensei kirkham

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