|A little Background|
Like many people of my age, I took up Karate in the early 70s, influence by the worldwide phenomenon that was Bruce Lee. I trained in Wado Ryu for a couple of years, and moved on to play Rugby Union through my college years. Marriage, children and responsibilities came along, and Karate seemed the sort of activity that could accommodate my need for physical activity and the calls that a young family can place on you. I never really lost that romantic view of martial arts, formed in the early 70s. As an art student my interest in things Japanese was cultivated with the films studied as part of my Graphic Design course which had a distinct Japanese focus. I developed an interest in illustrators like Aubrey Beardsley and Kay Neilson, which led me back in to Japanese artist like Utagawa Hiroshige & Katsushika Hokusai. Finally some of the best graphics magazines were, and still are Japanese. Publications like "Idea" had a big influence on my design development. So returning to a Japanese martial art was a little inevitable.
I started training in Shotokan Karate in 1983, my instructor is John Cheetham 4th Dan JKA and is the editor of Shotokan Karate Magazine. Below is a quote from his editorial in the 100th edition of the magazine (The 25th Anniversary edition) it just about sums up my involvement with the magazine.
Being involved with the magazine I have had the good fortune to train with with Japanese instructors like Senseis Kagawa, Kawazoe, Saito and Kato. Non Japanese instructors Dave Hooper, Scott Langley, John Mullins and many more.