I was honoured to take my yondan in 2009 with Hirokazu Kanazawa Sensei and to compete at the the 10th SKIF World Championships. My last competition win was in 2017 where I took 1st place at the UAE Nationals in the Kumite Men’s Open Weight.
In 2008 I joined the JKR-UK Team for a training holiday in Tokyo, Japan. I was lucky to train at the Ryobukan JKR Hombu dojo under Konishi Soke II. I also trained in Okinawa at the IOGKF Budosai in 2019.
IOGKF Canada organized another Online Live Charity Gasshuku on Saturday, June 6th, where we raised $4,000 for the UN COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund. Two hundred members from 20 different countries participated. Four of the top instructors of IOGKF, Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura (7th dan IOGKF World Chief Instructor), Sensei Ernie Molyneux (8th dan IOGKF World Vice-Chief Instructor), Sensei Henrik Larsen (8th dan IOGKF World Vice-Chief Instructor), and Sensei Jorge Monteiro (8th dan IOGKF Portugal Chief Instructor & IOGKF Technical Advisor) taught in the online Gasshuku. Thank you Sensei’s for your support and sharing your knowledge with us! Thank you also Sensei Adrienne, Sensei Michelina, Sensei Sita and Jayant for working behind the scene. And special thank you going to every single participant! We had many senior instructors as well as white belt beginners! It was a great family gathering. IOGKF “We are FAMILY!” I am looking forward to training together in the near future! “