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Preserving the Traditional Martial Arts

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ADAM W CARTER - Director (2020-) Branch Chief (2015-present)

Adam Carter, has been studying, training and practicing karate for over 46 years, teaching since 1985. Currently ranked Nanadan (7th Dan) Black Belt and Kyoshi in traditional Okinawan Karate.

Carter-sensei first began studying karate in 1974 while still at school, he practiced the Wado Ryu style of karate under Tatsuo Suzuki in the UK. In the 1980's and early 1990's Carter-sensei competed in many karate tournaments thoughout the UK and Europe, in kata and kumite, winning and placing highly in many of these events, as part of a team and individually.

In February 1982, Carter-sensei joined a karate school located at a local sports centre, in Bracknell (UK), which at the time taught Sankukai karate.

Sankukai karate is a style of karate founded by Yoshinao Nanbu in 1971. It was created by the combining of principles and techniques of Aikido, Judo, Shito-Ryu karate and Shukokai karate. The chief instructor 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). In 1985, Mills-sensei changed to the Shito-Ryu style of karate exclusively, under Kenji Kusano Soke, of Kusano-ha Shito-Ryu Kenpo Karate-do.

Carter-sensei has practised, studied, and attended seminars with many of the top Japanese and Okinawan karate instructors who have visited the UK, Europe and the USA. One of the highlights of his karate career was being graded by Kenzo Mabuni Soke, the son of the founder of Shito-Ryu karate, Kenwa Mabuni.

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Adam Carter-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/self-protection using methods and principles taken from old Okinanwan karate. Today, Carter-sensei is a member of the "Takahashi-ha no Ryukyu Shuri-te Karate-do Kokusai Renmei", an organization entrusted with the continuation and the preserving of the martial art of the late Kentsu Takahashi.

Kentsu Takahashi Soke (1900-1994) was a student of the "Tenshin Katori Shinto Ryu", which is one of the oldest surviving martial arts in Japan, the total embodiment of Koryu Bujutsu (old style martial arts). Takahashi Soke was a student of Kentsu Yabu and Choshin Chibana of Okinawa.

During 1953, he founded his own organization and here he began teaching to small groups of selected students, where he concentrated teaching and emphasizing the traditional ideology and the spirituality of Koryu Bujutsu.

Carter-sensei is the official representative and senior instructor for the USA, under Garry O'Connor Hanshi 10th dan, who is the inheritor of Takahashi-ha no Ryukyu Shuri-te Karate-do. Teaching karate since 1985 Carter-sensei today enjoys sharing his experience gained over four decades in passing on this knowledge to his students. He is a retired EMT from the UK NHS Ambulance Service, and he was a member of the UK Armed Forces.

If you have any comments, queries or you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact Carter-sensei here


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