As usual, our rolling roster of instructors for SHOTORAMA includes skilled and marvellous people from across different organisations, and we are delighted that they have all volunteered their time and expertise to give you a unique and never-to-be-repeated karate experience!
See the 2022 instructors in the gallery here, or scroll down to find out more about them and a little snippet from them on karate.
We look forward to welcoming them all for SHOTORAMA 2022, and hope you will enjoy their individual interpretations, specialist topics, and unique outlooks on karate. Let’s meet the team!
Sensei Adam “The Master” Purkiss
5th Dan, KUGB
Stock SKC, Benfleet
“Karate has been a massive part of my life for over 30 years and the joy I get out of it now more than ever, is the face of my students when they achieve their goals, being from winning trophies or gaining the next grade. More so from the students who are not naturally gifted the ones who have to work that bit harder to make their dreams a reality. That’s the real joy of karate to me, that’s what keeps me inspired to be able to pass on the knowledge that I have learnt to them and watch them grow; oh, and getting to hit people – that’s also good fun.”
Sensei David “The Wildcard” Ives
4th Dan, KUGB
Tora Shotokan, Chingford
David has been practicing karate from the age of 6 and has never looked back and – without giving away his age – this has been for quite a few years! He has been inspired by many different martial artists both from inside and outside the KUGB, through years of training and competition.
He believes that working hard to try and perfect the simple elements and principals of karate helps to give you the confidence to achieve great things, both within your karate and in everyday life.
Sensei Avi “The Mastermind” Wolfsthal
1st Dan, HDKI
Kanshin Karate, Guildford
“For me, karate is ultimately about enhancing the well-being of those who practice it. Admittedly this notion can sometimes be at odds with the very purpose of karate as a self-defence system. However, as a karate instructor I’ve come to realise that if I teach karate for self-defence I will benefit very few people if at all owing to the fact that violence in our society is thankfully rare. Instead, by focusing on well-being I can affect the lives of all my students.”
Sensei John “The Wizard” Parnell
6th Dan, Shotokan Connect
“Karate has always been a positive influence on my life, and it keeps me balanced and stable. I believe it brings out the best in people. For me, the drills which spontaneously jump to my mind and evolve naturally during training/teaching sessions are usually the best.”
Sensei Kate “The Indomitable” Taylor
3rd Dan, KUGB
Sensei Neil “The Kid” Jerome
5th Dan, HDKI
Kenmei Shotokan, Trondheim (Norway)
“Do your best to be open to new ideas and interpretations, and search internally for the feelings of movements, play around and explore variations. There’s no short cut to good technique, because the process of repeating techniques is where you get to explore, and discover. And there’s no wrong direction when you’re exploring! Your karate will be different to mine, and anyone else’s. Martial arts, and self defence, are ultimately about understanding and negotiating the interplay between people; it’s important to give the non-physical side of that its full weight.”
…and there’s the SHOTORAMA 2022 line-up! Go and find out what they’ve got planned at the programme page and find out what’s in store!