Sensei Rae has been training Shotokan karate for over 20 years. He’s trained with the most senior Japanese masters such as late sensei Keinosuke Eneoda and late sensei Taiji Kase. These masters died a natural death. Note that the highest density of centenarians in the world is in Okinawa. Karate was born there and most people in Okinawa (both men and women) train in karate. Training karate provides great health benefits.
Sensei Rae obtained all his Dan grades from the best Japanese masters such as Sensei Masaaki Ueki (9th Dan), Sensei Masahiko Tanaka (8th Dan), Sensei Yoshiharu Osaka (8th Dan) and Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta (7th Dan). Sensei Rae is passionate about traditional karate and he’s very keen on teaching the purest form of karate.
He is a member of the Japan Karate Association (JKA). The JKA is the original Shotokan karate organisation that trained international instructors to spread karate around the world. The vast majority (if not all) of Shotokan karate organisations are spin offs of the JKA.
He is a qualified karate instructor (Japanese qualifications) and has had dojos in France and in the UK. He’s now opened the first JKA karate club in Market Harborough.
SENSEI TERRY STREATHER
Sensei Terry first started Karate aged nine in Natal, South Africa. His club was very traditional in approach and encouraged competition. Sensei Terry developed a real love for kata (forms) and represented his province at national all styles tournaments for around ten years.
On turning eighteen, Sensei Terry attained his 1st Dan grade and inherited the club at which he trained. Several of his students went on to become provincial and national champions in all styles competition.
As a former UK police officer and police trainer he gained experience of the reality of conflict as well as other martial arts, including Taiho Jutsu (2nd Dan). He also trained in, and taught, functional behaviourally based self defence systems.
As well as being a karate instructor at Harborough SKC, Sensei Terry now runs his own business, teaching corporate clients and their staff how to recognise the early signs of aggression and how to avoid or diffuse conflict. As a last resort, he teaches simple and effective techniques to disengage from physical violence, as well as methods to safely move and handle potentially violent people.
SENSEI NICK BROWN
Sensei Nick Brown began practicing Shotokan in 1988 and over the years he has had the fortune to experience instruction from a number of the finest Shotokan Karate-ka.
Taking a break from Karate whilst growing up he looked at other fighting styles in Tae Kwon-Do and a form of Jujitsu but Shotokan Karate remained his favoured fighting art. For the many characteristics of the style itself, the tradition and history (especially within the JKA), and more personally for the lasting memories of training sessions at gradings as a child with Sensei Enoeda and Sensei Ohta where he would be simply left in awe.
An injury (not Karate related) led to another break in training but on returning he immediately realised the multiple rewards Karate-Do offers.
It is wonderful to see new people start practicing Karate but for anyone reading this that may be mulling over a return to Karate following a break in training, regardless of the style you practiced, grade achieved or duration of break, his advice would be not to delay. As soon as you enter the Dojo, the difficult bit is done.