Roger Carpenter 8th Dan - Association Chief Instructor
Roger Carpenter is the Chief Instructor of SKKIF. He started karate training in
1964 at the Lyons Sports Club In Sudbury Hill, Wembley. Originally he trained in
the Wado-Ryu style and graded under Sensei Suzuki.
In 1967, he became the first karate teacher employed by the inner London County Council.
In 1968, as Chief Instructor of his karate club in Greenford, he and his club switched
to the Shotakan style with the KUGB under Soke Kanazawa, who was then 5th Dan. In
1977 when Soke Kanazawa formed SKIF, Roger and his club moved to SKIF and since then
he has organised the schedules for Soke Kanazawa in the UK. Originally this was
for SKIEF and then for his own English organisation, SKKIF. He is the Chief Instructor
and Chairman of SKKIF and as such he undertakes bi-annual tours of all of the clubs
in the association to instruct and maintain high technical standards in the organisation
as well as to conduct gradings. He teaches most weeks at his karate club in Launceston.
He is now the most senior instructor in Europe both in terms of grade and time with
Soke Kanazawa. He is well known on the international karate circuits and at the Honbu
HQ of SKIF in Japan. In 2011 he was awarded the title “Kyoshi” by Soke Kanazawa.
In 2014 he celebrated 50 years of karate training and in 2016 was awarded his 8th
Nick Lloyd 3rd Dan - Dartmoor Karate Instructor
Nick first trained with the KUGB grading to 1st kyu under Senseis Tomita, Enoeda
and Ohta (with a 22 year break between 7th kyu and 6th kyu!).
Having trained with Soke Kanazawa at his open courses and given the difficulties
at the time in the KUGB as it split from Japan, in 2003 he moved to SKKIF and trained
at the Windsor club (Kobukan), which was at the time the home dojo of Kyoshi Carpenter.
In 2004, he took his 1st dan with Soke Kanazawa and in 2011 he was graded to 2nd
dan and graded to 3rd dan in October 2014 with Nobuaki Kanazawa. He continues to
train with Kyoshi Carpenter in Launceston and occasionally trains in Windsor.