On 17 October 1974 Doug James ran his very first beginner’s class at the Harrarby Community Center. The name of his club was the Cumbria School of Karate. This club would eventually become the headquarters (Hombu) of his association, the British Karate-Do Chojinkai Association (BKCA). The BKCA comprises of clubs in Cumbria, North Lancashire and the North East of England.
Born in 1946, James began studying Wado-ryu Karate under instructor Fred Kidd in 1967.