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The head instructor at the Shuri Karate Dojo, 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 Karatedo.

Carter-sensei first began studying karate in 1974. He studied the Wado-Ryu style of karate in a local dojo near Reading (UK), under Tatsuo Suzuki. He felt, at that time, that Wado-Ryu was not for him so he decided to look elsewhere for a different style of karate. 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 school located at a local sports centre, in Bracknell (UK), 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). Around 1985 his 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 1990's Carter-sensei competed in many karate tournaments throughout the UK in kata and kumite winning and placing highly in many of these events under the direction of his instructor.

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Carter-sensei

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Carter-sensei with Soke Mabuni

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, Kyokushin and Goju Ryu.

Carter-sensei continued to assist the Chief Instructor Mills-sensei and Sergent-sensei, teaching at the Honbu Dojo and a second Dojo in Bracknell. Remaining with his sensei until August 1997, 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 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.

Carter-sensei states that, "through our karate training we strive to improve 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, a journey of self-discovery and improvement".

In September 2000 Carter-sensei became a member of the Nippon Karatedo Kai and the Shito-Ryu International Karate-Do Kai under Soke Kenzo Mabuni, as his official UK representative and senior instructor for England, 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, Morio Higaonna, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Keinosuke Enoeda and Keiji Tomiyama. One of the highlights of his karate career was being graded by Kenzo Mabuni Soke, the son of the founder of Shito-Ryu karate, Master Kenwa Mabuni. Carter-sensei has also attended courses and seminars with Master Kenei Mabuni.

Early Days with Tsukada-sensei & Mills-sensei

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Adam Carter-sensei

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 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 students, where he concentrated teaching and emphasizing the traditional ideology and the spirituality of Koryu bujutsu (old style martial arts).

Carter-sensei has now relocated to Palos Hills, Illinois. USA. Click here for directions.

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 please do not hesitate to contact Carter-sensei.

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