Interviewed by Steve O’Reilly 2nd Dan
at the Halesowen Dojo on Tuesday 5th March 2013
“Taking my 5th Dan examination at Crystal Palace under the Japanese Sensei. It was a very very hard grading and I prepared for it all the week by training every day with the Japanese Sensei. So at the end of the week I took the grading and I passed it.”
How do you think karate has changed over the years that you have been training and teaching?
“Traditional Karate goes on and on forever and there are many other types of martial arts coming out now like mixed martial arts etc. but traditional karate goes on and on.”
What is your favourite Kata to perform and why?
” I don’t have any favourite Kata. All Kata are important and so I practise them all.”
As one of your students, I have always been amazed by your vast knowledge of the history and origins of karate. How did you gain all of this knowledge?
“Research and training. Thinking about it and working out the bunkai etc. A lot of research!!