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Kagawa Shihan at the JKS England Spring Course 9th & 10th March


Masao Kagawa Shihan 9th Dan (the World Technical Director of the JKS) made his annual visit to JKS England last weekend and taught 3 challenging courses over two days. For those training it was an honour to be taught by one of the greatest ever karate practitioners of our generation. Kagawa Shihan is extremely impressive on videos but to see him do karate in person, is awe-inspiring and inspirational every single time.

The list of personal achievements and championships he has won over the years speak for themselves. But once you see him in real life action and the way he moves, you simply cannot comprehend the fact that he is over 60 years old. He is a true genius and a master of the art. An inspiration and a gentleman.


(Photograph credit: Robert Graham Photography)

Ben Duckworth, Xander Matalne, Andy Matanle, Jaime Pratley, Rob Head Sensei, Steve Dargan Sensei, Rachael Wolstencroft Sensei, Jo Sysum Sensei, Gary Pratley Sensei and Rachael Wolstencroft Sensei all travelled to Nottingham and trained with the Boss.

He was performing some awesome demonstrations including kicking a roll of tape off the top of a students head. His timing and ability to generate speed and devastating power has to be seen to be believed. His teaching methods and attention to detail combined with his extraordinary ability are clearly the reasons why he is one of the most respected Japanese Instructors ever and a key figure in the WKF preparations for the Tokyo Olympic games.

We really are lucky to be part of this organisation and able to offer the opportunity to train with Kagawa Shihan.

We all learned lots and got the chance to practise the points being taught with our partners. We also covered Junro Shodan to Sandan and Bassai Dai in great detail.

It was fascinating to hear some of the stories Kagawa Shihan was telling like how he started training with his older brother and spent two years on his white belt. Also how he has always chosen to perform Kata Bassai Dai at every grading from his 1st Dan to his 9th Dan.

We all still have so much to learn and enjoyed the whole weekend immensely.

We would like to say a massive thank you to Kagawa Shihan for sharing his knowledge and to Alan Campbell Sensei and Wendy Preston for putting together this event, inviting and looking after us all and making everything possible.