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Frank Brennan

Karate is about many things but, first and foremost, it is about training. Frank Brennan Frank Brennan can arguably be described as one of the most technically gifted karatekas of his generation. He is one of the few competitors to be equally comfortable in kata or kumite, excelling in both disciplines. As a competitor, he …

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Steve Cattle

I do Karate for my own personal improvement and I am prepared to accept that I have to suffer in one direction in order to improve in another. Steve Cattle Those who knew and trained with Steve Cattle described him as one of the best karatekas to come out of the UK. Standing 5ft 6in …

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On this day….(July 9)

On this day, 9 July 1943, Chief Instructor of the KUGB, Andy Sherry, was born. Sherry is one of the highest ranked Shotokan practitioners in the United Kingdom, having been one of the first people awarded a JKA 1st Dan in Britain, in 1966, by Keinosuke Enoeda.  

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On this day….(July 4)

On this day, 4 July 1935, Keinosuke Enoeda, a founding member of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), was born in Fukuoka, Japan, to a family of samurai lineage. Enoeda began his martial arts training in Judo aged 7. He eventually reached¬†reached the grade of 2nd Dan. He entered Takushoku University, aged 19, because …

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On this day….(June 10)

On this day, 10 June 1946, Michael Dewey, the Chief Instructor of Shotokan of England Karate Union (SEKU), was born. Dewey, a boat builder by trade, began his karate training in 1967 at the Portsmouth Karate Club. Dewey, a keen footballer, was introduced to the new art of karate by his girlfriend. On weekends Ray …

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On this day….(May 15)

On this day, 15 May 1947, Stephen John Cattle was born. Until his untimely death, aged only forty-seven, he was one of the longest practicing Shotokan practitioners in Britain. He was also a keen historian of karate. Nicknamed ‘Stumpy’ as he was only 5ft 6in, Cattle began training in judo in 1961, eventually reaching the …

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On this day….(May 13)

On this day, 13 May 1933, Charles Naylor, a former Vice-Chairman of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), was born in Hubli, South West India. Naylor left school aged 14 and for a time worked as a cabin boy. He eventually arrived in Liverpool, England in 1948, aged 15. After achieving a Higher National …

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On this day….(March 4)

On this day, 4 March 1952, David Frederick Hazard, a well-respected Shotokan karate practitioner, was born in Bow, London. Dave Hazard began his karate training aged sixteen at the KUGB affiliated Blackfriars Karate Club, under the instruction of Keinosuke Enoeda. Like most martial artists who had started training at the time, Hazard had begun his …

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On this day….(March 3)

On this day, 3 March 1946, British Shotokan instructor, Robert Rhodes, was born in Leeds, England. Rhodes began his training aged twenty, at the Leeds Shotokan Karate Club (Leeds SKC), under the instruction of Ronnie Wade. As a green belt Rhodes started competing at the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) National Championships where he …

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On this day….(February 27)

On this day, 27 February 1948, Terence (Terry) O’Neill, one of the best karateka ever produced in Britain, was born in Liverpool, England. O’Neill began his karate training in 1963 when as a sixteen year old he lied about his age, on his application to¬†join the British Karate Federation (BKF). Under Keinosuke Enoeda and the …

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