The Webmaster for this site, Adam Carter, has been studying, training and practicing karate for over 44 years, teaching since 1990. Currently ranked Nanadan (7th Dan) Black Belt and Kyoshi, in traditional Okinawan Karate-Do.

Carter-sensei first began studying karate in 1974. He studied the Wado-Ryu style of karate in a local dojo under Tatsuo Suzuki. He felt, at that time, that something didn't feel quite right, perhaps that Wado-Ryu was not suited to him. Therefore he looked elsewhere for a different style of karate, but for the time being he continued to train in the techniques he had learnt from Wado-Ryu.

In February 1982, Carter-sensei found a karate club at a local sports centre, in Bracknell, Berkshire. He joined the karate club which at the time taught Sankukai Karate. The chief instructor there was Prof. Roger Mills, 8th dan Kyoshi (then 5th dan), the assistant instructors were Dave Ireland sensei (4th dan), and Bob Sergent sensei 7th dan (then 3rd dan). In 1985 Mills-sensei changed to the Shito-Ryu style of karate with Sensei Ryozo Tsukada, under Kenji Kusano Soke, of Kusano-ha Shito-Ryu Kenpo Karate-do.

In the 1980's and early 1990's Carter-sensei competed nartionally in many karate tournaments, in kata and kumite, winning and placing highly in many of these events under the direction of his instructor.

Carter-sensei completely immersed himself in karate and sought many instructors and Dojo and trained with sensei and students from other styles of karate, including Shotokan, Kyokushinkai and Goju Ryu.

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Remaining with his original sensei until 1997 after spending 8 years as the Honbu Dojo senior Instructor. In August the same year, after re-assessing his position, his future goals and ambitions, he decided to resign from the association he had spent 15 years with to concentrate on his own Dojo.

The karate Carter-sensei had learnt for many years was mainly sport orientated, therefore he sought out many instructors throughout the UK, USA and Japan in order that he could return to the more traditional methods and forms of karate.

Carter-sensei truly wanted to return to traditional concepts and methods of training with the aim of removing the sporting element, seeking a more self defence orientated karate and seeing karate improve the character ('Do') as well as the physical aspects of the participant, which was well written and documented by the father of modern karate-do Gichin Funakoshi.

Carter-sensei states that, "through our karate training we strive to improve ourselves, our character and our ability to protect ourselves, family and friends. Through technique, etiquette, discipline, hard training and the continuation of our learning. To practice and follow the way of karate is a life long study, it is a journey of self-discovery, improvement and failures. It is the journey that is important, not the destination".

In September 2000 Carter-sensei was invited to join the Nippon Karate-Do Kai and the Shito-Ryu International Karate-Do Kai under Soke Kenzo Mabuni as his official UK representative in Seito (pure/original) Shito-Ryu. (Carter-sensei is no longer a member of this association)

Carter-sensei has practised and attended seminars with many of the top Japanese karate instructors who have visited the UK, including Chojiro Tani, Tatsuo Suzuki, Yoshinao Nanbu, Kenji Kusano, Ryozo Tsukada, Tomiko Mitsuoko and Keiji Tomiyama. One of the highlights of his karate career was being graded by Soke Kenzo Mabuni, the son of the founder of Shito-Ryu karate, Master Kenwa Mabuni. Carter-sensei has also attended courses and seminars with Soke Kenei Mabuni.

Carter-sensei's interests have always been in the study and application of kata for self defense/protection using methods and principles taken from old Okinanwan karate. Carter-sensei is a member of the "Takahashi-ha no Ryukyu Shuri-te Karate-do Kokusai Renmei". Gary O'connor - hanshi, Judan (10th dan), is the legitimate inheritor of Takahashi-ha no Ryukyu Shuri-te Karate-do from Kentsu Takahashi Soke (1900-1994). Takahashi Soke was a student of the Tenshin Katori Shinto Ryu In Japan, and Kentsu Yabu and Choshin Chibana of Okinawa. During 1953, Takahashi Soke founded his own organization and here he began teaching to small groups of selected senior deshi (students), where he concentrated teaching and emphasizing the traditional ideology and the spirituality of Koryu bujutsu (old style martial arts).

Teaching karate since 1990 Carter-sensei today enjoys sharing his experience gained over four decades in passing on this knowledge to his students. He is also the webmaster for this website.

If you have any comments, queries or you would like further information about this website, please do not hesitate to contact Carter-sensei here.

Information provided by Adam Carter-sensei - Shuri Karate Dojo

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Carter-sensei with Soke Mabuni

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