Following my resignation from the KUGB after 21 years of top class Shotokan training, I was persuaded to start my own organization, despite trying to run Legend Productions. The reasoning behind this decision was put to me by the late Danny Connor, one of the first karate-ka to go to Japan to train in the 1960’s - Danny pointed out that as I was still finding time to train, why not also continue teaching. So eventually the BSF (British Shotokan Federation) was formed and ran successfully from 1993 until 2004 when I closed it down.
Have been asked to give my views on modern day shotokan karate. It’s my view that 75% of clubs are a sham. These days there are so many different types of fight clubs, such as MMA, sport karate etc that people want a quick fix and this has had an effect on traditional shotokan.
Wellington said, “No plan survives contact with the enemy”. He knew, through bitter experience that in battle all the careful, detailed and intricate tactics seldom came to pass when the enemy was engaged. We refer to the ‘chaos’ of war and “the fog of war” - Carl Von Clausewitz (from his treatise ‘On War’).