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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 dan.

 

 

 

 

 

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.